Jumping the fence from dance to cross-disciplinary research

Mafe-Keane, Vanessa (2011) Jumping the fence from dance to cross-disciplinary research. Ausdance.

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Introduction: reading the signs Inside the dance ethos, knowledge is rarely articulated other than through the experience of dance itself. On the surface, the dancer focuses on practical and specialist skills. However, a closer look reveals that their knowledge does not merely trigger an embodied way of thinking; it enables the dancer to map a trail of metaphors within the body. In effect, dancers acquire a distinct embodied culture with its own language, dialects, customs and traditions. In this paper, I shall firstly examine the way metaphors establish a link between reason and imagination between one set of embodied knowledge and another. It is in regards to this function, where metaphor welds opposites together or when interior and exterior information exist in the same moment that it is most useful for jumping the fence from dance to cross-disciplinary practice. Secondly, I shall discuss how metaphors can help sustain creative practice. For it is only by stepping outside the culture of dance that I could first unravel the experiences, processes and knowledges inscribed through a career in dance and begin to define the quality of my own voice.

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ID Code: 71480
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Originally published 1 July 2004 in Dance rebooted: initializing the grid
Published online by Ausdance on 18 August 2011
Additional URLs:
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: © Vanessa Mafe-Keane. From Dance Rebooted: Initializing the Grid Conference Proceedings published by Ausdance National on behalf of the Tertiary Dance Council of Australia, December, 2005. ISBN 1 875255 16 8
Deposited On: 13 May 2014 05:59
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2014 03:57

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