Separating shadows

Huddy, Avril (2006) Separating shadows. [Live Performance (Dance)]

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This practice-led research is in the field of dance creation and performance.

The dancer, unlike many artists from different fields, has to contend with the added complexity of being a creative tool. Grove states, ‘..they are the phenomenon of self-creation twice over, being both the artist and the work of art’ (2005, 44). A dancer’s success relies on the quality of their instrument and their ability to reliably employ it in the creative act (Jowitt 2001a).

The traditional rehearsal studio is the creative meeting place for dance artists. A liminal space with specific spatial, temporal and personal considerations: a space fraught with uncertainty and vulnerability, ripe with potential. If harnessed, the creative potential inherent in vulnerability, experienced as increased sensitivity and openness (Press 2002), can facilitate new ways of investigating and doing.

This research investigated ways in which dancers prepare themselves during the act of creation and rehearsal within the studio, for the public presentation of a site-specific dance work.

Navigating the complexities inherent in performing site-specific dance work is best achieved through the development of a connection with the site during the creation of the work. This is achieved through the provision of rehearsals within the site and ensures seamless replication of rehearsal qualities from studio to non-traditional site.

This research received funding and support from the Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Queensland, Brisbane Festival, Kelvin Grove Urban Village, Besen Family Foundation, Korean Culture Arts Foundation and the Australia Korea Foundation. It was presented in the Brisbane Festival, 2006.

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ID Code: 66763
Item Type: Creative Work (Live Performance (Dance))
Refereed: No
Additional Information: Separating Shadows was presented as a part of Accented Body.
Other Contributors:
Role Contributors
Vanessa Mafe
  • Director
Jondi Keane
  • collaborator and performer
Funders: The Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Queensland, Brisbane Festival, Kelvin Grove Urban Village, Besen Family Foundation, The Korean Culture Arts Foundation, The Australia Korea Foundation
Number of Pieces: 1
Location: From date: To date:
Brisbane Festival 2006-09 2006-09
Creative Industries Precinct, Queensland University of Technology 2005 2005
Keywords: site specific performance, interdisciplinary dance performance, co-creative dance, dancers experience
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
Current > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Deposited On: 30 Jan 2014 00:50
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2014 03:19

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