Opera, improvisation and empowerment: a creative and pedagogical methodology


Harries, G. 2019. Opera, improvisation and empowerment: a creative and pedagogical methodology. Contemporary Music Review.
AuthorsHarries, G.

Create An Opera! is a fortnightly devising workshop led by the author at Theatre Delicatessen Studios in London. It is free to the general public and has attracted participants including both experienced and inexperienced performance practitioners. It aims to create a safe, inclusive environment for experimentation in writing, composition and collaborative performance.
This initiative arose from the author’s interest in challenging the socio-political traditions and hierarchical infrastructures associated with opera production. At the workshops, participants are involved in both creative and performance aspects, working individually and collaboratively.
Improvisation plays several important roles in the workshop. It establishes the group collaboration, assists in developing performance skills, provides a tool for generating text and musical material, and leads to the creation of ‘instant’ improvised group pieces.
This article presents the pedagogical and creative methodologies informing the delivery of the workshops, focusing on improvisation’s role in facilitating inclusion, collaboration and independent creativity.

Keywordspedagogy; collaborative practice; devising; opera; music education
JournalContemporary Music Review
PublisherTaylor & Francis
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Deposited28 Mar 2019
Accepted03 Jan 2019
Accepted03 Jan 2019
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