Boundary swaying

Huddy, Avril (2010) Boundary swaying. [Live Performance (Dance)]

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This practice-led research is positioned within my ongoing enquiry into the dancer’s experience and role within the creative process.

Gins and Arakawa (1997) and Keane (2007) speak to the unsatisfactory reliance on discipline boundaries, to describe the dynamic lived-experience of interaction. This theorising is of application to this project, which examines creative agency through the lens of Arakawa and Gins’ language prompt, boundary-swaying. In this project the boundaries of movement creator, performer and director overlap and blur through the use of improvisation and multiple cameras. All contributors are invested creatively and compositionally in the ensuing dynamic collaboration, wearing many hats, ‘conceiver, creative thinker, teacher and learner’ (McKechnie 2005, 93; Stevens & McKechnie 2005, 250).

This project asked the question, how can the work of Arakawa and Gins to agitate, disrupt, and transform the modus operandi of creative practice between choreographer and practice, dancer and practice and choreographer and dancer?

The use of Arakawa and Gins’ philosophy and language prompts within this project stimulated and positively influenced the established creative relationship of researcher and choreographer/artist in the following ways:

• Foregrounded the dancers tacit knowledge, first-hand experience, know-how and embodied savviness;

• Promoted artistic collaboration, illuminating new creative possibilities, choices and innovation;

• Facilitated the distribution of creative authority and agency.

This creative work was presented as part of the AG3 ONLINE: the Third International Arakawa and Gins - Architecture and Philosophy Conference. The work was vetted for inclusion by an international panel of examiners.

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ID Code: 74400
Item Type: Creative Work (Live Performance (Dance))
Refereed: No
Other Contributors:
Role Contributors
  • Vanessa Mafe
  • Jondi Keane
Material: Dance Film
Measurements or Duration: 3 minutes 50 secs
Location: From date: To date: 2010-03 2013
Additional URLs:
Keywords: Dance, Arakawa and Gins, Co-creative choreographic practice, dancer's voice
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)
Divisions: Past > Schools > Dance
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010-2013 Vanessa Mafe Keane
Deposited On: 11 Aug 2014 00:52
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2014 23:46

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