‘The living moment: Exploring improvisational practice’


‘The living moment: Exploring improvisational practice’
3rd International Conference of Dalcroze Studies (ICDS3)

30 July – 03 August 2017, Université Laval, Quebec City, Canada


The conference
The aim of ICDS3 is to present the best of current research and practice within Dalcroze Studies and related fields. ICDS is a global, transdisciplinary forum, open to viewpoints from education, the arts and humanities, and the social, health and life sciences. We welcome practitioners and scholars alike. This year our theme is improvisation in music, dance, somatic practices, theatre and therapy, with a special focus on the relationships between music/sound and movement.

Keynotes (confirmed)
Ruth Alperson, Dean, Hoff-Barthelson Music School, USA
Ruth Gianadda, Professor, Institute Jaques-Dalcroze, Geneva, Switzerland
Karin Greenhead, Director of Studies, Dalcroze UK
Reto W. Kressig, Professor and Chair of Geriatrics, University Center for Medicine of Aging Basel (UAB), Felix-Platter Hospital, University of Basel, Switzerland
Raymond MacDonald, Professor of Music Psychology and Improvisation, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
Max van Manen, Professor Emeritus, University of Alberta, Canada
Lisa Parker, Director, Longy Dalcroze Institute, Longy School of Music of Bard College, USA

Call for proposals
We welcome presentations on improvisation, as it relates to Dalcroze Eurhythmics and music, movement and the mindful body more broadly. We embrace a wide range of disciplines and areas, and invite practitioners and researchers to share their knowledge, experience and scholarship on this theme. Conference topics include, but are not limited to:

Music-movement improvisation
Descriptions and theories of improvisation
Improvisation and embodiment
Improvisation in culture and improvisation as culture
Improvisation as social relationship or dialogue
Improvisation as process, as product, as means
Interdisciplinary and intermedial approaches to improvisation
Teaching improvisation
The role of improvisation in pedagogy, performance, therapy and research
Teaching as an improvisational practice
Assessing and evaluating improvisation
Developing curricula and educational material on improvisation
Improvisation and the professional development of teachers
The interaction of technology and improvisation
Improvisation and wellbeing
Personal and social development through improvisation
Improvisation and ethics (empowerment, social justice)
Improvisation and community
The historical development and transmission of improvisational practice in Dalcroze Eurhythmics and related fields

Types of presentation
Paper, workshop, symposium, roundtable, informal daytime performance, evening performance, poster, presentation to host ICDS5 in 2021

Submit your proposal at www.dalcroze-studies.com by Sunday 27 November 2016 23:59 (BST)