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Emergent Forms Film

Emergent Forms is a collaboration between filmmaker Elliot Caplan and choreographer Susan Sgorbati. The film offers a glimpse into the practice and performance of Emergent Improvisation, a dance practice that draws its structuring principles from patterns in the natural world. In linking the creative work of art-making (movement, sound, film) to the emergent processes evident in nature, there is basis for a rich and textured inquiry into how systems come together, transform and reassemble to create powerful instruments of communication, meaning and exchange. As a film, Emergent Forms weaves together studio footage and interviews with Gerald Edelman and Stuart Kauffman—offering a reflection on the deep interconnections between art and science at the heart of the practice.