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Improvisation Laboratory

Improvisation Laboratory

  • Saturday, October 12th

    All Levels: 9:00am-12:00pm. Instructor: Hannah Dennison

    Brown bag lunch discussion: 12:00-1:30pm. Discussion: ways to bring this training into the world. Moderated by Susan Sgorbati

    For Practiced Improvisors: 1:30-4:30pm. Instructor: Susan Sgorbati

    $30 for one or $50 to combine two - reach out to FlynnArts Manager for discount ( or 802-652-4537)

  • LOCATION: Cohen Hall 110 in the former Taft School on 14 So Williams St, Burlington. Parking lot available behind the school. Driveway into lot from So Williams St along the south side of the building. Map It

  • Please note: Online registration requires payment in full. To request a scholarship or payment plan, please fill out This online form or call 802-652-4537.

    Photo credit: Emily Boedecker

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The Improvisation Laboratories are a place devoted to research, inquiry, and exploration into new avenues of movement and thought that expand our awareness and hone our ability to be in the present. The Laboratories offer the transferable skills of listening, problem solving, respecting others and working together. This technique of dance improvisation builds three-dimensional, robust dancers and whole, healthy citizens, able to initiate, respond and engage fully in the studio and in life.

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FlynnArts Faculty

HANNAH DENNISON For nearly 40 years, Hannah Dennison has been immersed in contemporary dance - learning, teaching, performing and creating – receiving significant recognition and numerous awards. Improvisation is her primary technique for both dance and life. She resides in Central Vermont.

SUSAN SGORBATI has been seriously investigating improvisation as a method for teaching and performance for over thirty years. For the last fifteen years in collaboration with scientists, she has been exploring the relationship between dance and music improvisation and complex systems. Her work has led her to three residencies at The Neurosciences Insititute in La Jolla, California under the tutelage of Dr. Gerald Edelman and an ongoing dialogue with Dr. Stuart Kauffman, who was in residence at Bennington College in the fall of 2004. In 2006, she went on a national tour with her “Emergent Improvisation Project”. Her book was recently published, "Emergent Improvisation: Where Dance Meets Science on Spontaneous Composition". She is a professional mediator and directs the Center for Advancement of Public Action at Bennington College where she has been on the faculty for thirty-five years.

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Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
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