Evoking poetics of memory through performing site: Naik Naik, a Malaysian Australian collaboration in the world heritage setting of Melaka

Stock, Cheryl F. (2015) Evoking poetics of memory through performing site: Naik Naik, a Malaysian Australian collaboration in the world heritage setting of Melaka. In Stock, Cheryl F. & Germain-Thomas, Patrick (Eds.) Contemporising the Past: Envisaging the Future. Ausdance National, Canberra, A.C.T.

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Memory, time and metaphor are central triggers for artists in exploring and shaping their creative work. This paper examines the place of artists as ‘memory-keepers’, and ‘memory-makers’, in particular through engagement with the time-based art of site-specific performance. Naik Naik (Ascent) was a multi-site performance project in the historic setting of Melaka, Malaysia, and is partially recaptured through the presence and voices of its collaborating artists. Distilled from moments recalled, this paper seeks to uncover the poetics of memory to emerge from the project; one steeped in metaphor rather than narrative. It elicits some of the complex and interdependent layers of experience revealed by the artists in Naik Naik; cultural, ancestral, historical, personal, instinctual and embodied memories connected to sound, smell, touch, sensation and light, in a spatiotemporal context for which site is the catalyst. The liminal nature of memory at the heart of Naik Naik, provides a shared experience of past and present and future, performatively interwoven.

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ID Code: 92190
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: These refereed Conference Proceedings have been published according to international academic research standards with double blind refereeing of full papers followed by an editorial process of revisions.
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Keywords: dance, site, memory, poetics, Melaka
ISBN: 9781875255207
Divisions: Current > Schools > Dance
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015, World Dance Alliance and Ausdance.
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Deposited On: 21 Jan 2016 04:37
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2016 01:01

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