"In a research paper written
at the department of musicology at the University of Vienna, IG Hop's Christiane Beinl seeks to explore the relationship of music and dance in the field of improvised dance to the jazz music of the early bebop era, exemplified by the live performance of Alina Sokulska
to the bebop song "Salt peanuts" (Gillespie/Parker/Clarke 1942) played by the band "The Cotton Lickers" in Vienna on 3 June 2016. Under the title of "Dancing the Undanceable - An Investigation into Improvised Dancing to Bebop Music", Christiane uses the video recording of Alina's final performance after a two-month residency with IG Hop
as the basis for a tentative analysis aimed at specifying a set of parameters necessary for dancing to a type of jazz that arguably moved away from the earlier, more dance-oriented traditional forms (Lott 1988: 603).
At our Dancers In Residence Program (DIR#5), we invited ALINA SOKULSKA to developed a choreography with the local Swing Band THE COTTON LICKERS. The performance took place on 3rd of June 2016 at the "DIR#5 - A ♥ for Alina Sokulska" farewell party.
Christiane conducted an interview with Alina prior to the performance. Following the notion of Giurchesco and Torp (1995: introduction, para. 14) that "[t]he interplay between dancer and musician in the process of improvisation is very intricate and subtle and […] constitutes an attractive theme for future investigation", particular attention was given to Alina's understanding of improvisation as well as the question of whether a sound anchorage (both literally and metaphorically speaking) in the cultural tradition of the target community is a prerequisite for engaging in a performative process that all participants will find to be a convincing representation of its kind. Here, we have chosen for your reading and viewing pleasure parts of this interview-based analysis which deal with Alina's approach to working with a band; note how her answers about improvisation are visualised in her own performance.