ask dance theatre : Christian worldview and the creative process

Pratt, Angela (2003) ask dance theatre : Christian worldview and the creative process. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.

Abstract

Professional dance companies which reflect a Christian worldview are slowly emerging within the dance community, but this is territory which is generally uncharted academically, especially in Australia. Consequently, this paper is an ethnographic study of an Australian professional dance company of this kind. ask dance theatre is a professional dance company located in Sydney. Established in February 1999, it has three key personnel - Phillippa-Oakden Patch (artistic director/ choreographer/dancer), Hannah Horsley Cooper (choreographer/dancer) and Steve Cooper (composer/musician). Developing a philosophy based on a biblical worldview, one of the company's aims is to provide a &quotnurturing environment for artists of different disciplines to grow artistically and spiritually while creating dance theatre works". This has involved working collaboratively, incorporating dancers, singers, musicians, visual artists and actors, to create original works which have been performed at major contemporary dance and Christian arts events in New South Wales, Australia. Through the ethnographic methods of participant observation, interviewing and document analysis, details of this company's worldview as a group of &quotcommitted Christians" and their creative process was researched. This paper focuses on the description, analysis and interpretation of their creative process in the production of a new work during the first six months of 2001, identifying how their Christian worldview is reflected in their creative process.

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ID Code: 15881
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Smith, Judith
Keywords: Christian arts, Christian dance, Christian worldview, Christianity, choreography, collaboration, contemporary dance, dance companies, creative process, ethnography, group dynamics, hermeneutics, worldview
Department: Faculty of Creative Industries
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright Angela Pratt
Deposited On: 03 Dec 2008 03:52
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2011 19:40

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