Northbridge’s STRUT Dance to perform as part of Perth’s MoveMe Improvisation Festival

STRUT Dance director Paul Selwyn Norton with the IMP. Picture: Marcus Whisson d428303
STRUT Dance director Paul Selwyn Norton with the IMP. Picture: Marcus Whisson d428303

IMPROVISATION is at the heart of the creative impulse and Paul Selwyn Norton wanted to celebrate this when he stepped on board as STRUT Dance director 14 months ago.

The MoveMe Improvisation Festival will be presented by the Perth-based national arts organisation at various city centre venues from November 22 to 30, featuring a program of improvised dance, music and performance.

All content will be generated on the spot as an original creation never to be repeated.

‘I’m trying to create a field of interest where there’s something for everybody and anything can happen,’ Norton, of Northbridge, said.

‘It’s the thrill of seeing something created in front of you at that moment, and once you understand and experience it, it can be such an exciting epiphany to realise nothing has to be scripted.

‘It’s about that genius moment of something from nothing, the big bang of ideas where it’s made for you, and the audience is very much a component of how improvisation works.’

MoveMe’s red IMP, as in improvisation, has been adding to the curiosity while making appearances around Perth this week and handing out postcards for the festival.

‘IMP is the little thing you catch in the corner of your eye and question if he was really there,’ Norton said.

‘He’s my literal red thread throughout the festival and then improvisation theatre genius Sam Longley will also MC every show premiere.’

After Perth, the festival will caravan across the country to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

‘It’s risky, exciting and now a national event that we’re very proud to be delivering,’ Norton said.

The MoveMe Improvisation Festival program is at