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IMPR Conference Presentation @ FOOT 2021
February 26 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Core Concepts in Improvisation: Addressing Bordered States During a Pandemic
Jemma Llewellyn (Panel Chair), Members from the University of Guelph Critical Studies in Improvisation Program
FOOT (Forum Of Original Theory / Theatre / Thought) 2021 Annual Conference: Bordered States
February 26, 2021, 1-2PM EST, via Zoom
Students from the Critical Studies in Improvisation (IMPR) Graduate Program will conduct a performance panel at the FOOT 2021 conference, addressing the year’s theme of Bordered States. Emmalia Bortolon-Vettor, Taylor Marie Graham, annais linares, Jemma Llewellyn, Joe Sorbara, Bob Wiseman, and Shaghayegh Yassemi will present on the topic of improvisation as social practice in the context of the pandemic. Their experiences as domestic and international graduate students at the University of Guelph have informed their creation of a best-practices document that “attempts to observe and interact with several technological, aesthetical, and disciplinary borders.” They question these borders, as well as the “dominant colonial narratives that are present in graduate studies.”
These students address the exclusionary and divisive nature of borders through the lenses of physical distancing, “critical pedagogy, poetic filmmaking, performances that challenge the role of an audience, and music inspired by the civil rights movement.” In three performance presentations, the students will showcase “intersectional, interventionist, interdisciplinary approaches to improvisation as a social practice.” In the process, they will invite participants to consider Boaventura de Sousa Santos’s concept of the “abyssal line,” which “–willingly or unconsciously – produces and erases, divides and excludes, protects and respects.”