Altered copy

Roche, Jennifer (2012) Altered copy. [Live Performance (Dance)]

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In 2008, Jenny Roche commissioned Jodi Melnick to make the solo Business of the Bloom on her. Four years later, Roche re-enters this piece and draws on their many years of working together to inhabits its ideas and impulses from a new perspective. In this new 'altered copy', Roche refers to this previous work; embellishing, redirecting and abstracting moments. By reinterpreting both her earlier self and footage of Melnick dancing a reworked version of the solo in performance, Roche connects with the polyvalent nature of both interpretation and memory. This reworked version outlines the relationship that dancers have to movement traces that circulate after a dancing event. Suzanne Ravn (2009) found that dancers experienced the reapperance of movement traces from previous works when moving. Martin Nachbar (2012) writing from his first-person perspective as a dancer, describes the dancer who discerns between the past of movement that is remembered and the current moment of its performance. He outlines how past and present movement experiences cohabitate in the embodied present. Timmy de Laet (2012) identifies the emerging trait of re-enactment in contemporary dance, in which contemporary artists such as Nachbar dialogue with past choreographies to comment on the various mnemonic dimensions of dance. De Laet (2012) explains that the function of these works are not to preserve the past choreographies as might be achieved through reconstruction but to contemplate creatively issues of ephemerality and preservation of dance. Altered copy addresses this dialogue between the past and present body.

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ID Code: 74072
Item Type: Creative Work (Live Performance (Dance))
Refereed: No
Other Contributors:
Role Contributors
  • Jennifer Roche
  • Jodi Melnick
Funders: The Arts Council of Ireland , National University of Ireland Galway/Maynooth, Centre for Irish Studies, Mapping Spectral Traces International Network, University of the West of England
Location: From date: To date:
The Black Box Theatre, Galway, Ireland 2012-04-20 2012-04-20
Keywords: Dance , Adaptation , Choreography , Dancer
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: Conference Paper Copyright 2012 The Author(s)
Deposited On: 30 Jul 2014 01:00
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2014 11:08

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