Creating new narratives through shared time and space : the performer/audience connection in multi-site dance events

Stock, Cheryl F. (2011) Creating new narratives through shared time and space : the performer/audience connection in multi-site dance events. In Caldwell, Linda (Ed.) In Time Together : Viewing and Reviewing Contemporary Dance Practice : Refereed Proceedings of the World Dance Alliance Global Summit 2010, World Dance Alliance-Americas under the auspices of the Texas Woman’s University Website, New York University, New York.

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Site-specific performance provides choices in audience experience via degrees of scale, proximity, levels of immersion and viewing perspectives. Beyond these choices, multi-site promenade events also form a connected audience/performer relationship in which moving together in time and space can produce a shared narrative and aesthetic sensibility of collective, yet individuated and shifting meanings. This paper interrogates this notion through audience/performer experiences in two separate multi-site, dance-led events.

here/there/then/now occurred in four intimate sites within the Brisbane Powerhouse, providing a theatricalised platform for audiences to create linked narratives through open-ended and fragmented intertextuality.

Accented Body, based on the concept of “the body as site and in site” and notions of connectivity, provided a more expansive platform for a similar, but heightened, shared engagement. Audiences traversed 6 outdoor and 2 indoor Brisbane sites moving to varying levels of a large complex. Eleven, predominantly interactive, screens provided links to other sites as well as to distributed presences in Seoul and London. The differentiation in scale and travel time between sites deepened the immersive experiences of audiences who reported transformative engagements with both site and architecture, accompanied by a sense of extended and yet quickened time.

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Item Type: Conference Paper
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Cheryl Stock, PhD, is an Associate Professor and course coordinator of the Doctorate of Creative industries at Queensland University of Technology, teaching and publishing in the fields of contemporary and Asian dance, interdisciplinary collaboration, intercultural and site-specific performance, and research methodologies. Cheryl was founding Artistic Director of Dance North (1984-1995) and recipient of an Australian Artists Creative Fellowship (1994-1997). She has created over 50 dance and theatre works and was QUT‘s Head of Dance 2000-2006. In 2003 Cheryl received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Australian Dance Award. In 2008, Cheryl curated the World Dance Alliance Global Summit and in 2009 was appointed WDA Secretary General.
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Keywords: performer/audience connections , dance, multi-stie dance installations, site-specific performance
ISBN: 2162-1322
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
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