What Work Do You Want the Work To Do?
Four33: An Improvisation Podcast (2/7)In partnership with International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (IICSI)

What Work Do You Want the Work To Do?

This podcast shines a light on community art projects that model improvisatory practices’ impact on equity struggles. Featuring George Lipsitz.

This episode explores George Lipsitz’s notion of accompaniment as laid out in his recent book, Insubordinate Spaces: Improvisation and Accompaniment for Social Justice. In his address to students and staff at the University of Guelph, Dr. Lipsitz shines a light on community art projects that model improvisatory practices’ impact on equity struggles. He argues that institutions need to take a supportive rather than dominant stance in partnership with these movements. George Lipsitz is an American Studies scholar and professor in the Department of Black Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Image: detail from untitled motion study by Steph Yates

Filed Under: Multimedia & Performance

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Carey West is a vocalist and educator whose professional experience motivates her research. She is interested in questions surrounding voice, agency and improvisation. Her MA thesis focused on best practices and liberatory experiences during extended vocal techniques and sound singing workshops.

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Steve Donnelly is a live artist from Wales. His work explores and combines his interests in improvised play, performance studies, contemporary and historical uses of social space, popular culture, belief, and the commons.
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