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The Wonder of Improvisation, Documentary Film Launch, performance and Q&A

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M.A.D.E - The Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka

102 Stawell Street South

Ballarat Central, VIC 3350

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The Wonder of Improvisation is the first longer form documentary by Michelle Dunn, celebrating the legacy of Improvised movement performer and teacher Al Wunder.

Affectionately known as the grandfather of Improvisation in Australia, this documentary celebrates the life and work of Al Wunder. From New York to Berkeley, then finally making his way to Melbourne, Australia, Al overcame 4 broken legs as a youth to dance in Alwin Nicholais’ company, then go on to develop his own unique form of improvised movement training. He has taught dancers, performers, artists, circus clowns and everyday people like counsellors and jail wardens around the world via his company Theatre of the Ordinary. A positive and inspiring story about performance, learning, teaching, love and a life improvised.

This event will feature the film screening in full, a performance by Al Wunder and a short audience Q&A with Al Wunder and Michelle Dunn.


What people are saying about this documentary:

“Charmingly conceived, filmed and executed.”

Joan J Woodbury
Co-founder / Ririe Woodbury Dance Company, USA


"At last, a documentary that chronicles a vital and often overlooked sector of Australian performance history—improvisation. The “Wunder" legacy has nurtured many extraordinary performers and has built a community of positive risk-takers.”

Dianne Reid
Director at Hipsync and Former Artistic director at Dancehouse, Melbourne Australia


“A beautifully crafted documentary, offering a captivating snapshot of Al Wunder the person, performer and pedagogue”

Dr Hilary Elliott, BA (Hons), MA, PhD, FHEA, PGCert (HE)
Senior Lecturer in Dance, Theatre and Performance
University of Huddersfield Queensgate Huddersfield HD1 3DH


“In this wonderful, warm, and very human film, Al Wunder reveals himself as the gentle genius he is. Melbourne was so lucky to have had Al as a major aesthetic and educational source of ideas for so many years. And now, with this film, so is the world.”

Warren Burt - Composer, performer, artist, writer, instrument builder

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