About Event


Improvisation and Mobility
Interdisciplinary Conference and Festival
May 10-14, 2017

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The Regina Improvisation Studies Centre,  which is the Regina site of the national SSHRC Research Partnership The International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (IICSI), together with the Faculty of Media, Art, and Performance at the University of Regina, invite you to join us for the Improvisation and Mobility Conference and Festival. It will be held at the University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, and downtown Regina art venues.

The program explores themes of improvisation and mobility, and includes lectures, performances, hybrid performative talks, workshops, installations, the launch of interactive apps, and much more. 

A special project "The Prairie Heartbeat Schools Project" will connect to local public schools in Regina to produce performances and workshops on themes of improvisation and cultural identity.

We are very grateful to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, who have sponsored a special theme exploring improvisation and social isolation. Entitled "Improvise Mobilize," the events in this series of events throughout the conference will bring together researchers, students and community organizations to explore the potential for improvisation to support social change at the community level. Look for the "Improvise Mobilize" label on the schedule to identify these events. 

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We are interested in the connections between critical studies in improvisation, contemporary improvisatory practice, and concepts of artistic, physical, technological and cultural mobility.  Presenters will be drawn from the fields of dance and performance studies, theatre, community-engaged art and music, ethnomusicology, creative technologies/new media art, intermedial studies, and critical studies in improvisation.
Keynote presenters include George Lipsitz, Ajay Heble, Vida Midgelow, Isabella Stefanescu, and Frederique Arroyas.


Conference Theme

Presentations will address questions such as:
  • How (and why) do improvising artists and scholars of improvisation engage with mobility in and through their practice?
  • How can notions of real-time decision-making, risk, collaboration, active listening and the reconfiguration of mistakes into productive material model new types of engagement with difference and culture, through new kinds of mobility?
  • What are the new possibilities for improvisation opened by the ubiquity of hand-held mobile devices and new types of mobile interfaces for creative expression?
  •  What are the possibilities for intersections between literatures and practices in somatic work, disability cultures, and improvised movement and performances?
  •  Who is brought in, and who is left out, when improvisation mobilizes?
  • What are the possibilities and issues with improvisatory mobilization across disciplines?


Conference Organizers


Helen Pridmore
Rebecca Caines
Maggie Dixon
I-Ying Wu

Please contact improvisation@uregina.ca for more information, or any questions about accessibility at the conference venues


NOTE: Graduate students from IICSI partner sites may be eligible for some limited travel support/reduced costs, please email improvisation@uregina.ca as soon as possible if  you would like to be considered for this opportunity.