Concurrent: exploring improvisation between performing arts practitioners

While performing artists increasingly create their most exciting work improvising with others, and psychologists have explored how this wordless interaction takes place in real time, there is little exchange of ideas between fields.

Concurrent is a network of key researchers and leading improvisers to share approaches and theoretical insights, apply psychological understandings to collaborative performance and consider how performers share or construct meanings at the cutting edge of contemporary improvisation.
Through public events and online dissemination, the network aims to inform and involve a wide range of creative improvisers, academics and audiences interested in transcending disciplines and genres.

Concurrent, based at Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh and funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh, represents a hub for innovative improvised performance; for new research explaining the unique social and creative process of improvisation; and for the wider application of current thinking on improvisation, for instance in community music or other spheres of social interaction.


Edinburgh College of Art – RSE funding for new research network