A dynamic conference bringing together internationally known performers, artists and scholars in an exploration of improvisation across the arts – cuisine, music, literature, visual arts, politics and oral history.
Zarouhie Abdalian | Courtney Bryan | Ben Burkett Mel Chin | Theo Eliezer | Randy Fertel | Ham Fish Paul Goussot | Chris Kaminstein | Richard McCarthy | Stephen Nachmanovitch | Davia Nelson Jenna Sherry | Gwen Thompkins | Rob Wallace | Alice Waters | Matt Wuerker
Lead ideas presented by organizerRandy Fertel:
What is the structure and purpose of improv in the world?
It’s an affront to the mainstream, to the routine, to societal norms.
A way of being in the world.
It’s a revolt against structure.
Even the Place d’Armes’ axis of rationality leads to the improvisation of Congo Square and further to Zulu on Orleans and Broad and the F&F Botanical and Candle Shop, a Gris-Gris shop.
What is clear in that mapping is how the rationality of the power center in antebellum New Orleans or even on Loyola Ave still relies and feeds on the chaos and informality of back of town.
The tension is clear between the decorous, the formal and the rough and ready.