Experience has no shadow

Huddy, Avril (2010) Experience has no shadow. [Live Performance (Dance)]

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This research is situated in the field of practice-led research investigating embodied perspectives on the performance of dance making.

In the stock of choreographic literature, the celebrated ‘creativity’ label is associated predominantly with the choreographer and is discussed in terms of product rather than process (Lussier-Ley and Durand-Bush 2009; Hennessey 2003). A reliance on the mystery of inspiration or choreographic genius (Penty 1998) for the production of ‘great’ dance works does not acknowledge the complex and timely process common in the creation of dance (Mace and Ward 2002) nor provide a true representation of the creative contributors (Farrer 2014). The failure to attribute creative impulses and skills to dancers is reminiscent of a time when they were thought of only as instruments in the creative process not active participants and collaborators (Jowitt 2001a; H’Doubler 1957).

This project asked the question, to what end do dancers contribute to choreography and how is this contribution valued and recognised?

Dancers are integral to the creative process. The research found that the scope of a dancers’ creative involvement in the development of a new work is dependent on: the individual choreographers approach to creating movement; the relationship between dancer and choreographer, and dancer and fellow company members; and the dancers collaborative skills and interpretive skills, versatility, and initiative. Recognition and attribution of dancers’ creative input is dependent on a choreographer’s viewpoint, generosity, and prior creative experiences.

The work was created as a part of the Ausdance Queensland 2010 Bell Tower III Choreographic Residency program. Applicants were peer reviewed and vetted by a panel of local and national dance producers. The creative work was presented at the Judith Wright Centre for Live Arts. The project was funded by Ausdance Queensland and Arts Queensland.


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ID Code: 74403
Item Type: Creative Work (Live Performance (Dance))
Refereed: No
Other Contributors:
Role Contributors
  • Vanessa Mafe Keane
Elise May
  • Performer
Zaimon Vilmanis
  • Performer
David Pyle
  • Musical composition
Funders: Ausdance Queensland, Arts Queensland
Material: Dance Performance
Measurements or Duration: 20 minutes
Location: From date: To date:
Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts 2010-04 2010-04
Keywords: dance, choreographic practice, dancer's voice, collaborative practice
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 Vanessa Mafe Keane
Deposited On: 11 Aug 2014 00:47
Last Modified: 12 Aug 2014 00:07

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