chapter  5
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Improvising with Creativity and Spontaneity

One of the qualities that people most admire in an ac tor, a musician, or dancer is the ability to improvise. Audiences are moved, even spellbound, by Keith Jarrett's full-Iength improvised jazz piano concerts, and burst out in laughter over the impromptu comedy of Robin Williams. At its best, improvisation makes us sit up in our seats, our minds and hearts ready for whatever happens next. Improvisation occurs in a single moment, we become apart of that moment, and the energy and freshness of that moment capture both the performer and the audience with an immediacy of emotion that previously scored and rehearsed material cannot match.