Disorganising principles: Corporeal fragmentation and the possibilities for repair

Roche, Jennifer (2015) Disorganising principles: Corporeal fragmentation and the possibilities for repair. In Whatley, Sarah, Garret Brown, Natalie, & Alexander, Kirsty (Eds.) Attending to Movement: Somatic Perspectives on Living in This World. Triarchy Press.

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Abstract

Dancers investigate ever-expanding relationships to embodiment through the variety of unique choreographic signatures that are continually erupting in professional practice. They live fragmented lineages that are interrupted and redirected as they traverse between various projects led by different choreographers or the same choreographer pursuing different creative goals. As contemporary dance continues to reconceive ways of moving, the dominant lineages of dance training are less useful as reference points through which dancers can recalibrate bodily activity and thus rebalance. In this chapter, I examine the impulse towards fragmentation in contemporary dance and explore how moments of agency for dancers might arise and be seized within the complexities of this environment. These issues are discussed in relation to my encounter with a bodywork therapy of Japanese origin, Amatsu, which I studied throughout 2012, and through the teaching principles of Gill Clarke as illuminated through the Minding Motion project, which explored Clarke’s pedagogy for Tanzplan, Germany 2010 (Diehl and Lampert, 2011). Moments from performance and bodywork practice are offered as examples throughout the chapter.

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ID Code: 84146
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Dance, Somatics, Choreographic Process, Amatsu Therapy
ISBN: 9781909470637
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: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Triarchy Press
Deposited On: 13 May 2015 22:23
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2016 05:25

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