Emergent form︎︎︎
Thinking about projects where the form emerges from the process (like in real-time composition or material-led processes) as opposed to being projected on a process, Susan Sgorbati has developed a system using imrpovisation with dancers.   

Below are the first two samples from Sgorbati’s site on her method of Emergent Improvisation.

Gathering has four simple rules: walking, varying speed, varying direction, and stillness. There are two possible ways to begin spontaneously: one by one, or all at the same time. The ensemble can then divide into smaller groups and remerge at will, but the rule is that an individual cannot go off as a solo. There is no particular leader. Individuals attend to who is nearest them, the small group around them, and the whole space. Like the movement of a flock of birds, patterns begin to form. The simplicity of the structure keeps the focus on the self-organizing nature of the group. The ensemble notices patterns in their collective behavior.

Simple Unison begins when a dancer adds a gesture to their walking or stillness that the others can respond to or mimic. Initiating, assembling, and dissolving group relationships; amplifying (or multiplying) gestures through the space; and creating tableaux are each elements in Simple Unison. It is not about perfect imitation, but rather similarity in shape and timing. Simple variations in direction, level, and speed produce a shifting landscape. Bird migrations, schooling fish, herds of antelope crossing a savanna, and clumps of leaves wafting across a field are simple unisons found in nature.
︎︎︎from Susan Sgorbati