Trailing Touch

Mafe-Keane, Vanessa (2014) Trailing Touch. [Live Performance (Dance)]

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Trailing Touch (2014) is a twenty minute classically-based dance work set to music by composers Carter Burwell and Hildur Gudnadottir. It is an abstract work that explores images based on imperfect patterns and seeks to transmit the sensations felt when clusters form and disperse through the space or crisscross to create swirling wave-like reactions in the dancers’ tulle skirts. These simple references are inspired by the lyrical use of arms found in ballet, particular to the ballet aesthetic. Trailing Touch was created in collaboration with QUT’s third-year BFA (Dance Performance) students and performed as part of Dance14 at QUT’s Gardens Points Theatre from the 4th to 8th November 2014 and was performed in Singapore as part of Contact Contemporary Dance Festival on 30th November, 2014.

Additionally, the creative process of Trailing Touch (2014) forms the initial project of Phase III of my PhD research, Writing the Dance Score in the Twenty-first Century: An approach for the Independent Choreographer. This PhD research will examine the potential of dance scores as a suite of choreographic strategies to map key aspects of the choreographic process. While a certain degree of ambiguity drives the creative process, the suite of choreographic strategies attempt to capture what is transmitted through the lived experience of dance. “[T]hese documents harbor a force of expression, a visual energy related to the body and the movement” (Louppe 1994, 7) that triggers movement responses, unforeseen intensities and enables personal interpretation. Consequently, Phase III will test and evaluate the relevance of Phase II research within the pressures of mainstream dance rehearsal and performance contexts. In Project One Trailing Touch this was demonstrated in the dance scores produced by the choreographer and interpreted by the dancers within the performance.

By drawing from both the theoretical and practical, it is anticipated that this research will suggest a form of languaging movement that is not reliant on images or numbers, but generated in response to the intuitive and complex process underpinning choreographic practice. Rather than constructing a codified dance notation system, it will focus on strategies that reveal movement, its spatial patterns, qualities and intensities of expression and the procedures underlying key choreographic concepts. The outcome of this research project aims to support the independent choreographer in two major areas, by facilitating and enriching the choreographic process for both the performers and choreographer, and by strengthening artistic development and performance outcomes.

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ID Code: 81763
Item Type: Creative Work (Live Performance (Dance))
Refereed: No
Additional Information: Performance conducted in Dance14
Other Contributors:
Role Contributors
  • Glenn Hughes
Music Producer/Composer
  • Carter Burwell and Hildur Gudnadottir
Sound Editor/Composer
  • David Pyle
  • Rosa Hirakata
  • QUT BFA 3rd Year dance students
Material: Classically-based dance work to music composition
Measurements or Duration: 20 mins
Number of Pieces: 1
Location: From date: To date:
QUT Gardens Points Theatre, Brisbane, Australia 2014-11-04 2014-11-04
Contact Contemporary Dance Festival, Singapore 2014-11-30 2014-11-30
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Keywords: Independent choreographic practice, Choreographic process, Choreography
Subjects: 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 2014 [Please consult the author]
Deposited On: 12 Feb 2015 22:09
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2015 05:36

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