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Improvisation in the Expressive and Performing Arts: The Relationship between Shaping and Letting-go
Demircioglu, Beliz | Foreword by Stephen K. Levine
Jessica Kingsley Publishers / Softcover / 2019-02-01 / 178592575X
Expressive Arts Therapies / Music Therapy
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176 pages
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This book explores the process of improvisation and outlines the ideal conditions for an inspirational creative state. Examining her own process as an artist and drawing on interviews with peers, the author considers how the forces of shaping (intellect-driven decisions) and letting-go (more intuitive moves) interact in improvisation.

The book follows the journey of seven performing arts graduates and undergraduates, examining their experiences of improvisation and the interplay of shaping and letting-go. It reveals how the approach and methods of expressive arts can enrich an improviser's experience and spur the desire for discovery.


"This beautifully written book reminds us that creativity is an interpenetrating play of letting go and shaping, not only in improvisational movement and art making, but also in life itself. With her openness to learning from others as well as from her own personal experience, the author inspires us to risk diving deeply into life, to explore the interplay of control and surrender with courage and trust."
— Sally Atkins, Professor of the European Gradate School, Professor Emerita and Founder of Expressive Arts at Appalachian State University

"Ms. Beliz Demircioglu offers a thorough and nuanced exploration of the internal and external forces impacting the process of improvisation as an artistic practice. Her writing is engaging, specific, and refreshingly honest."
— Seán Curran, Chair, Department of Dance, NYU/Tisch School of the Arts, Artistic Director, Seán Curran Company

"Ever swam up a waterfall? Beliz Demircioglu demonstrates that the seemingly impossible can be turned around. She beautifully and willfully serves the dance called life - not because she wants it, but because she believes it. This book teaches us how to forget ourselves in order to find ourselves anew in a liberated way."
— Professor Margo Fuchs Knill, Ph.D., Dean of Division of Arts Health and Society, EGS and Professor Dr. h.c. Paolo Knill, Ph.D., Founding Rector of the European Graduate School EGS

"In this revealing and well-articulated book, Beliz Demicioglu dives down to bring her subject alive. Beliz is a multi-talented dancer-researcher who moves together with her co-divers to explore and harvest the relationship between letting go and shaping in art and in life.

An important contribution to the growing field of arts-based research."
— Ellen G. Levine, MSW, Ph.D., ATR-BC, RSW, Author of Play and Art in Child Psychotherapy: An Expressive Arts Therapy Approach (2015, JKP)

About the Author:

Dancer and choreographer Beliz Demircioglu received her PHD in Expressive Arts Therapy from European Graduate School’s Arts, Health and Society Division, her MPS from Interactive Telecommunications Program and her BFA from the Dance Department of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Her performance and video/installation works have been showcased at Baryshnikov Art Center, United Nations New York Headquarters, Istanbul Modern Museum, Centres Des Arts Enghien Les Bains, Istanbul Biennial, Garajistanbul, Codice-Idee per la Cultura, Eyebeam Gallery, Jack H. Skirball Center, Bushwick Arts Project, Vancouver NIME, Ask the Robot, Tedance Festival, Bjcem Biennial, Kasa Galeri, Kadikoy Halk Egitim Sahnesi and garajistanbul among other venues.

While Industrial Design Supersite Core77 describes her projects as “a standout”, her work has been reviewed in International Herald Tribune, New York Times, Hurriyet, Vatan, Gunes, Referans…etc.

Beliz currently teaches movement technique and bodies/technologies classes at the Performaning Arts Track of Istanbul Bilgi University.

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