Exploring the abstract language of contemporary dance in order to create emotional states/nuances

Buday, Csaba Steven (2006) Exploring the abstract language of contemporary dance in order to create emotional states/nuances. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


This study investigates how a choreographer, through the abstract language of contemporary dance, generates emotional states/nuances which can be recognised but at the same time allow for ambiguity in the reading of the work. This investigation was addressed through a series of performance projects, culminating in the final dance work Inhabited Space. The setting for the work, triggered by Bachelard's The Poetics of Space, became the imagined spaces of a domestic urban environment, specifically the lounge and bedroom. In order to create a work reflecting emotional states and nuances, a range of choreographic processes were explored to inform the construction of movement vocabulary, framed by performer/space/object relationships. This studio-based study with performative outcomes was supported by a hybrid methodological approach of predominantly practice-led research, incorporating aspects of action research and phenomenology. Findings and understandings emerged from reflective practice in the exegesis but were primarily embedded within the creative work itself.

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ID Code: 16420
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Stock, Cheryl & Graham, Lesley
Keywords: abstract movement language, artistic practice, choreographic processes, contemporary dance, emotional states/nuances, performer/space object
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Department: Faculty of Creative Industries
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright Csaba Steven Buday
Deposited On: 03 Dec 2008 04:03
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2017 14:41

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