MODULE 3: Improvisational Mind and Performance

The art of improvising is learning to recognize what needs to happen in a given moment and change course if that serves the larger purpose or a more fluid way of proceeding. Within a structure and framework we allow the emergence of the unfolding moment. This is our teaching philosophy. 

The third module is based on our belief that our path in life is improvisational and that there is great magic to be discovered through interrupting, intercepting, and challenging set beliefs and rigid concepts in order to perceive what is happening in a given moment. Embodied perception invites the possibility of choice. 

In our view, Somatic practices are both systematic and flowing. Our bodies are in constant relationship to what is being perceived. Thus, we aim to teach both the structural knowledge of the body and movement, as well as how to listen to and follow the body’s infinite and surprising transformations. 

Although improvisation is commonly taught in relation to various art forms (e.g., dance, music), in MOC’s third module, Improvisational Mind and Performance, we utilize those art forms to teach the improvisational mind more directly. 

This module focuses on the interdisciplinary practices and research of improvisation, exploring the concerns of contemporary performance and culture. The program offers participants diverse improvisational skills, weaving somatic principles into specific Body Techniques and Performance discipline in a training that invokes curiosity, resilience, and dynamic presence. Weekly informal showings with supportive constructive feedback and an inclusive performance project are a part of the curriculum.

The curriculum weaves together practice and theory in:


The core curriculum is supported and enhanced through other activities that serve to build community within the group and provide opportunities for deeper integration of the core material. These activities are: