Sneak peek: Dance audience relationships during open rehearsals

Ali-Haapala, Anja (2015) Sneak peek: Dance audience relationships during open rehearsals. Journal of Emerging Dance Scholarship, 3, pp. 1-15.

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Over the past decade there has been a surge of interest in behind-the-scenes events from mainstream dance companies and audiences alike. Online videos, open classes, open rehearsals, and backstage tours all provide insights for audiences about daily life in a dance company and how dance work is made. This article focuses on the use of open rehearsals in studio sites and investigates audience experience and relationship with dancers during these events. Applying Clare Dyson’s (2010) scales of audience engagement, I analyse two open rehearsal models that I observed as an audience participant in 2013: Friends Open Days with English National Ballet (London), and Inner Workings with Chunky Move (Melbourne). Through this analysis, open rehearsals emerge as an experience with elements reminiscent of both the traditional presentation paradigm and non-traditional presentation models. Elements such as close audience-dancer proximity, authenticity, and experiences in liminal sites, such as staircases and green rooms, present the possibility of new audience-dancer relationship within the mainstream dance company context.

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ID Code: 85239
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: audience, open rehearsal, contemporary dance, ballet
ISSN: 2309-267X
Subjects: 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
Current > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: © 2015 Ali-Haapala
Deposited On: 12 Jul 2015 23:35
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2016 06:42

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