So one of the things I did when I was at Waking Persephone was to take a workshop on Improv Roulette. I loved it so much that I decided to start a chapter here in Tucson!
What IS Improv Roulette? The idea is that you throw a bunch of performers, a bunch of music, and a bunch of props into a room together and see what happens. I’ve heard of belly dance events where dancers have to perform to random music, but the difference here is 1: everyone’s invited, not just belly dancers, and 2: it’s not a performance, everyone’s there to participate, so you don’t have to perform. You can get as silly as you want, and most importantly, you can experiment without fear of failure. How silly does it get? Well, I ended up dancing a drum solo with a broom in Washington.
I’m excited about the idea for a few reasons. For one thing, I think it’s great for people to have a chance to experiment with improvisation outside of the classroom or their living room, without being on stage. You still have your fellow artists there to spark ideas and give you feedback, but you’re not on the spot to give a performance. I’m also really into the idea of cross-discipline collaboration. Too often it seems like the belly dancers hang out with each other in our little corner of town, and the fire spinners are in their own corner, and the musicians are off in another, and the burlesque dancers are in their own. I’m really excited about the idea of an event where everyone can come meet each other, work together, see each other’s style, and have fun. Hopefully this will lead to new connections forming and more people coming to each other’s shows or trying out some classes or working together on variety shows. A gal can dream, right?
I’ll post more information when I get my first event set up. Right now I’m in the process of finding the right location and crafting the perfect eclectic playlist.