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Improvisation in Music, Drama and Nursing

This project comprised a series of "live-labs" exploring the concept of improvisation in nursing and the arts, and providing an opportunity for inter-professional experiential learning and creativity through improvisation. Each of the 'live-labs' was devised around a key-term or concept that has meaning and is relevant to each discipline: engagement and beginnings, listening, touch.

The 'live-lab' workshops were facilitated in collaboration with Ian Noonan from King's College London. They included the presentation of a literature review commissioned as part of the project by Biranda Ford, and otherwise were practical in orientation. The labs brought together 20 actors, musicians, music therapists, doctors, nurses and midwives to work collaboratively in a number of structured exercises and free improvisations. Exercises included musical responses to narratives about experiences of receiving healthcare, expressive dance movements based on the touch and movement used in neurological assessment, and collaborative creation of poetry about the process of engagement.

Improvisation with nurses - body 1Group improvisation     Improvisation with nurses - body 2Listening


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This project comprised a series of “live-labs” exploring the concept of improvisation in nursing and the arts, and providing an opportunity for inter-professional experiential learning and creativity through improvisation. Each of the ‘live-labs’ was devised around a key-term or concept that has meaning and is relevant to each discipline: engagement and beginnings, listening, touch.

 

The ‘live-lab’ workshops were facilitated in collaboration with Ian Noonan from King’s College London. They included the presentation of a literature review commissioned as part of the project by Biranda Ford, and otherwise were practical in orientation. The labs brought together 20 actors, musicians, music therapists, doctors, nurses and midwives to work collaboratively in a number of structured exercises and free improvisations. Exercises included musical responses to narratives about experiences of receiving healthcare, expressive dance movements based on the touch and movement used in neurological assessment, and collaborative creation of poetry about the process of engagement.

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