This Practice as Research doctoral project was carried out at the School of Arts, English, and Languages of Queen’s University Belfast.

First Supervisor: Dr Aoife McGrath

Second Supervisor: Dr Paul Stapleton

This artistic portfolio presents the outcomes of an artistic inquiry on the ways that the affective experiences of improvising with others are articulated in collaborative performance-making. The underlying aim throughout this project has been threefold: to find ways in which the study of affect can become instrumental and meaningful for movement improvisers; to inform the study of movement improvisation as an artistic practice, and to add to the wider critical field of affect studies. I maintain that the perspective of the improviser will offer insights on the role of affective phenomena in improvisation practice and performance.