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What Animals Teach Us about Politics
Brian Massumi

Duke University Press Books, 2014

In What Animals Teach Us about Politics , Brian Massumi takes up the question of "the animal." By treating the human as animal, he develops a concept of an animal politics. His is not a human politics of the animal, but an integrally animal politics, freed from connotations of the "primitive" state of nature and the accompanying presuppositions about instinct permeating modern thought. Massumi integrates notions marginalized by the dominant ...


Impro: Improvisation and the Theatre
Keith Johnstone

Routledge, 1987

First published in 1987. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.


Improv Wisdom: Don't Prepare, Just Show Up
Patricia Ryan Madson

Bell Tower, 2005

In an irresistible invitation to lighten up, look around, and live an unscripted life, a master of the art of improvisation explains how to adopt the attitudes and techniques used by generations of musicians and actors. Let’s face it: Life is something we all make up as we go along. No matter how carefully we formulate a “script,” it is bound to change when we interact with people with scripts of their own. Improv Wisdom shows how to ...


Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern: Fresh Techniques for Busy Quilters
Jera Brandvig

C&T Publishing / Stash Books, 2014

Do you believe rules were meant to be broken? If so, this improvisational quilt-as-you-go technique is for you. Instead of dealing with precise paper patterns and cutting measurements, you’ll learn how to piece fabric onto small, manageable batting blocks. Let your creative juices flow as you quilt directly on the blocks (not the entire quilt!), whether in large abstract zigzags or small structured stitches. After the blocks have been joined, ...


15 minutes of Play -- Improvisational Quilts: Made-Fabric Piecing Traditional Blocks Scrap Challenges
Victoria Findlay Wolfe

C&T Publishing, 2012

Scraps never looked so good! This is improvisational piecing reinvented—learn how to create a unique piece of “made-fabric” in just 15 minutes with Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s improvisational scrap-piecing methods, then incorporate your made-fabric into traditional quilt blocks. As you play, you’ll sharpen your design skills and learn about combining colors and prints in new ways…then watch your quilt design emerge. Discover just how ...


Quilting Modern: Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts
Jacquie Gering, Katie Pedersen

Interweave, 2012

From two pioneers of today's modern quilting movement, Quilting Modern teaches quilters how to use improvisational techniques to make graphic, contemporary quilts and quilted projects. Explore seven core techniques and multiple projects using each technique--all presented with detailed instructions. Also included is step-by-step direction from Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen on tools, materials, and quilting basics, as well as expert advice ...


Hand-stitched Home: Projects to sew with Pendleton & other wools
Susan Beal

Taunton Press, 2014

These patterns are for making home goods and accessories that are like no others. Author Susan Beal, working in partnership with Pendleton Mills, presents a collection of modern heirloom projects to sew and enjoy for generations.   From the sweet, simple primer on techniques (working with wool fabrics, hand-stitching, machine sewing, and quilting) to each individual project’s detailed instructions (with tips on cutting, pressing, ...


Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Improvisation Manual
Matt Walsh, Ian Roberts, ...

Comedy Council of Nicea, 2013

The Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Improvisation Manual is a comprehensive guide to the UCB style of long form comedy improvisation. Written by UCB founding members Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, and Matt Walsh, the manual covers everything from the basics of two person scene work (with a heavy emphasis on finding "the game" of the scene), to the complexities of working within an ensemble to perform long form structures, such as "The Harold" and ...


Improvisation for the Theater 3E: A Handbook of Teaching and Directing Techniques (Drama and Performance ...
Viola Spolin

Northwestern University Press, 1999

Here is the thoroughly revised third edition of the bible of improvisational theater. Viola Spolin's improvisational techniques changed the very nature and practice of modern theater. The first two editions of Improvisation for the Theater sold more than 100,000 copies and inspired actors, directors, teachers, and writers in theater, television, film. These techniques have also influenced the fields of education, mental health, social work, ...


Truth in Comedy: The Manual for Improvisation
Charna Halpern, Close, ...

Meriwether Pub, 1994

Truth In Comedy is a Meriwether Publishing publication. This improv manual introduced the concepts of the "Harold" -- the innovative improvisational tool that helped Saturday Night Live's Mike Myers, Chris Farley, George Wendt, and many others on the road to TV and film stardom. The innovative concepts are described fully in this insightful theatre book that has become the bible for wannabe improvisers. The "Harold" is an improv form involving ...


The Second City Guide to Improv in the Classroom: Using Improvisation to Teach Skills and Boost Learning
Katherine S. McKnight, Mary Scruggs

Jossey-Bass, 2008

Most people know The Second City as an innovative school for improvisation that has turned out leading talents such as Alan Arkin, Bill Murray, Stephen Colbert, and Tina Fey. This groundbreaking company has also trained thousands of educators and students through its Improvisation for Creative Pedagogy program, which uses improv exercises to teach a wide variety of content areas, and boost skills that are crucial for student learning: ...


William Forsythe: Improvisation Technologies: A Tool for the Analytical Dance Eye

Hatje Cantz, 2010

The American-born choreographer William Forsythe--who was the Director of the celebrated Frankfurt Ballet from 1984-2004 and now heads his own Frankfurt-based independent ensemble, The Forsythe Company--is recognized internationally as one of the world's foremost choreographers and widely credited with revitalizing classical ballet for the twenty-first century. His ideas have engaged with and contributed to all of the most significant ...


Jazz Improv: How to Play It and Teach It
Jimmy Amadie

Bass Pro Shop, 1991

This highly acclaimed classic text contains a unique method for improvising based on the tonal concept of tension and release providing students, teachers and professional musicians with important principles of improvising melodic ideas, culminating in a creative procedure for tonality, modality and bi-tonality practices. Jimmy's matter-of-fact, plain-spoken instruction make understanding and comprehension easy. This book is a favorite among ...


Arnold's Bodybuilding for Men
Arnold Schwarzenegger

Simon & Schuster, 1984

The complete program for building and maintaining a well-conditioned, excellently proportioned body -- for a lifetime of fitness and health. In Arnold's Bodybuilding for Men, legendary athlete Arnold Schwarzenegger shows you how to achieve the best physical condition of your life. For every man, at every age, Arnold outlines a step-by-step program of excercise, skillfully combining weight training and aerobic conditioning. The result -- ...


Group Genius: The Creative Power of Collaboration
Keith Sawyer

Basic Books, 2008

Creativity has long been thought to be an individual gift, best pursued alone; schools, organizations, and whole industries are built on this idea. But what if the most common beliefs about how creativity works are wrong? Group Genius tears down some of the most popular myths about creativity, revealing that creativity is always collaborative-even when you’re alone. Sharing the results of his own acclaimed research on jazz groups, theater ...


Book on Acting: Improvisation Technique for the Professional Actor in Film, Theater, and Television
Stephen Book

Silman-James Press, 2002

A new technique for improvising performances with scripted and memorized lines. The ability to improvise a skilled performance while speaking scripted and memorized lines is of paramount importance to actors working in today's film and television productions, which often allow very little if any rehearsal time. Through his innovative Improvisation Technique, Stephen Book shows the actor how to create a spontaneous performance by applying ...


Improvisational Models of Music Therapy
Kenneth E. Bruscia

Charles C Thomas Pub Ltd, 1987

The purpose of this book is to provide a comprehensive source of reference on the use of musical improvisation in therapy. The book contains an introduction to the fundamentals of improvisational music therapy (Unit One), a detailed synopsis of over twenty-five models of therapy that have been developed over the last thirty years (Units Two through Nine), and a synthesis of the various models into basic principles of clinical practice (Unit ...


Amazing Phrasing - Keyboard: 50 Ways to Improve Your Improvisational Skills
Debbie Denke

Hal Leonard, 2002

(Keyboard Instruction). Amazing Phrasing is for any keyboard player interested in learning how to improvise and how to improve their creative phrasing. This method is divided into three parts: Melody From scales to arpeggios, from using licks, riffs and runs to playing "outside," this section focuses on melodic strategies for improvisation; Harmony Whether comping or soloing, harmony is essential to improvisation, and this section ...


The Improv Handbook: The Ultimate Guide to Improvising in Comedy, Theatre, and Beyond
Tom Salinsky, Deborah Frances-White

Bloomsbury Academic, 2008

The most comprehensive, smart, helpful and inspiring guide to improve available today. Applicable to comedians, actors, public speakers and anyone who needs to think on their toes. From The Improv Handbook :   The problem for improvisers is anxiety. faced with a lot of nameless eyes staring at us, and feeling more than anything else like prey, we are likely to want to display very consistent behavior, so that anyone who looks at us, looks ...


A Culture of Conspiracy: Apocalyptic Visions in Contemporary America (Comparative Studies in Religion and ...
Michæl Barkun

University of California Press, 2013

American society has changed dramatically since A Culture of Conspiracy was first published in 2001. In this revised and expanded edition, Michael Barkun delves deeper into America's conspiracy sub-culture, exploring the rise of 9/11 conspiracy theories, the "birther" controversy surrounding Barack Obama's American citizenship, and how the conspiracy landscape has changed with the rise of the Internet and other new media. What do UFO ...



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