The 'authentic dancer' as a tool for audience engagement

Dyson, Clare (2009) The 'authentic dancer' as a tool for audience engagement. In Stock, Cheryl (Ed.) Dance Dialogues : Conversations Across Culture, Artforms and Practices : Refereed Proceedings of the World Dance Alliance Global Summit 2008, Australian Dance Council Inc., Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland, pp. 1-12.

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An engagement with performance is an experiential event. To have a lived experience within a performance construct infers that the experience is somehow ‘more live’. This paper situates the body of the audience member as a site of understanding and meaning making, and challenges the role of the traditional ‘passive’ presentation format and ensuing ethical considerations within that assertion. It looks at the relationships between audience experience and a series of creative tools that facilitate subtle shifts in this traditional dance paradigm. Along with the tools of audience agency, liminality, variations of site and proximity – tools that create engagement via physical interactions with the audience – can ‘performer authenticity’ also become a tool of connection with the audience? This paper looks at the overarching field of contemporary dance, with a primary focus on Western contemporary dance and the traditional dance paradigms prevalent in the construction and presentation of that form. It outlines the role of the experiential within this form and highlights established research and creation tools that encourage audience connection via audience interaction. It also looks at the role of the dancer within this construct, citing both current qualitative research into audience responses, as well as current theory and creative practice from an international field of artists creating work with the ‘authentic dancer’.

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ID Code: 31358
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Audience Experience, Performer Authenticity, Contemporary Dance, Audience Engagement
ISBN: 1875255176
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400) > Dance (190403)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Clare Dyson
Deposited On: 17 Mar 2010 22:42
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:09

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