Being There

Dyson, Clare (2007) Being There. [Live Performance (Dance)]


This 60 minute work looked to challenge traditional expectations of how dancers ‘perform’ and what it means when they are ‘themselves’ onstage. The audience was asked to sit in an ellipse on stage and the dancers were often performing quite close to them. While the audience didn’t move once the work began, the proximity to the dancers allowed them an unusual opportunity to see these dancers deconstructing their own profession and their own world of performance in an intimate environment. This was done for, and with the audience, and for some, it connected them deeply with the performers.

For Georg Simmel, an early 20th Century sociologist, ‘the eye of a person discloses his own soul when he seeks to uncover that of another. What occurs in this direct mutual reciprocity is the entire field of human relationships.’ Performer authenticity, while utilised often in film and theatre, is not common in the form of dance. Because of our societal tendency toward the desire for authenticity, and its uncommon usage in dance, an inversion of this convention is one of the many tools that is available to choreographers to form deep connections with their audience and is one that is gaining popularity throughout the world as a form of connection via reality and the immediacy of live performance.

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ID Code: 26170
Item Type: Creative Work (Live Performance (Dance))
Refereed: No
Other Contributors:
Role Contributors
Lighting Designer
  • Mark Dyson
  • Bruce Mckinven
  • Siall Waterbright
  • Emily Amisano
  • Trish Wood
Funders: Arts QLD, Tanzfabrik - Berlin, Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts
Material: Video of Performance
Measurements or Duration: 20 minutes
Number of Pieces: 1
Location: From date: To date:
Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts 2007-12-12 2007-12-15
Tanzfabrik - Berlin 2007-08-29 2007-08-30
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Keywords: dance, authenticity, collaboration, contemporary dance, performer qualities
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400) > Dance (190403)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400)
Divisions: Past > Schools > Dance
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
  • ARTS QLD/unknown
Copyright Owner: Clare Dyson
Deposited On: 13 Apr 2015 03:44
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2015 03:44

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