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20 | #TDIF2019

On this episode your co-hosts YeaJean and Reyna interview artists, teachers, performers, and attendees at the annual Texas Dance Improvisation Festival (TDIF). On this episode, we go behind the screen of TDIF facilitating a roundtable discussion with Blake Nellis, Chrissy Nelson, and Lily Sloan of Big Rig Dance Collective. We uncover their varied career paths and relationship to dance and improvisation. We discuss and define improvisation in relation to processes, practice, and transferable skills. We share conversations on how the current issues of consent in relation to the #metoo movement affect the culture of improvisation. We unpack the evolution and offerings of TDIF.


[1:39] Reyna introduces Lily Sloan

[2:22] Reyna introduces Chrissy Nelson

[3:47] Reyna introduces Blake Nellis


[4:07]YeaJean asks: “Can you briefly describe your career path? How do you define yourself?”

[4:19]Blake Nellis Responds

[4:48]Lily Sloan Responds

[4:39]Chrissy Nelson Responds

[6:44]Reyna asks: “What is improvisation to your? How do you define improvisation?”

[7:07]Lily Sloan Responds

[7:50]Reyna asks: “Can you define spontaneous composition?”

[8:38]Blake Nellis Responds

[10:08]Chrissy Nelson Responds

[11:13]Reyna asks: “Can you talk to our audience about what it is like to go into the space with someone you don’t know?”

[13:42]YeaJean asks: “What are the boundaries in contact improvisation or in an improvisation jam with touch?”

[18:30]YeaJean asks: “Can you tell us more about your class you are teaching at TDIF?”

[21:58]Reyna asks: “Can you talk about your experience with TDIF?”

[26:00] Reyna asks:

#FLASH4 Blake Nellis

1- If you had to recommend a resource to our audience what would it be?

2- What was the first dance you saw?

  • “It was at The Place in Lon