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Adaptation and empathy : intercultural communication in a choreographic project

Stock, Cheryl F. (2012) Adaptation and empathy : intercultural communication in a choreographic project. Journal of Intercultural Studies, 33(4), pp. 445-462.

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Abstract

The tricky terrain of intercultural communication within the pressure-cooker environment of creating new performance work is explored through the experiences of five Australians working with 55 artists in Hanoi, Vietnam on a project called Through the Eyes of the Phoenix. Key cultural communication issues such as the concept of ‘face’, identity, translation, adaptability, ambiguity tolerance, empathy, enmeshment and the development of shared understandings are examined in relation to theories of high and low context cultures and individualist collectivist frameworks. The experiences of both Australian and Vietnamese artists are foregrounded, revealing the importance of other intercultural communication modes such as visual, kinaesthetic and tactile languages as well as the languages of their art forms. Immersion in social activities and the importance of the emotional domain are also highlighted as essential factors to survive and thrive in intense creative collaborations across cultures. These dance perspectives, embedded in practice, provide alternative contributions to the messy complexities of intercultural communication.

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ID Code: 53251
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Special Issue: Transnational Choreographies
Keywords: Intercultural Performance, Choreography, Vietnam, Cultural Adaptation, Creative Industries
DOI: 10.1080/07256868.2012.693820
ISSN: 1469-9540
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400)
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 > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Organisational Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication (200105)
Divisions: Current > Schools > Dance
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Taylor & Francis
Deposited On: 22 Aug 2012 08:30
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2012 11:52

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