Improvising ImprovisationFrom Out of Philosophy, Music, Dance, and Literature

Improvising ImprovisationFrom Out of Philosophy, Music, Dance, and Literature

Gary Peters

Print publication date: 2018

ISBN: 9780226452623

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Abstract

This book attempts to stage at the level of thinking and writing an improvised performance that begins and ends with nothing but nevertheless reveals a multitude of unexpected things while it runs its course. Covering a broad range of improvisatory practises from the world of free improvisation, through literature and dance, to the showbiz glitz of Jimi Hendrix and Cyndi Lauper, the aim is to see what happens when philosophical ideas are made to properly engage with the real contingency of performativity. The result is a radically expanded field of what counts as improvisation and, indeed, what counts as philosophy.