Dancing practices from multiple perspectives: the increasingly complex role of the contemporary dancer

Roche, Jennifer (2015) Dancing practices from multiple perspectives: the increasingly complex role of the contemporary dancer. In Proceedings of the 2015 International Symposium for Dance Studies: Perspectives on Dance in a Changing Environment, Korea National University of the Arts, South Korea.


This paper will discuss the complexities of the role of contemporary dancer in this current epoch, with a particular focus on the multiple identities dancers embody within dance practice and how these accumulate to form a creative self-in-process or ‘moving identity’. Wider issues, such as training will be explored questioning how technical skills can be imparted alongside autonomous learning approaches to ensure that dancers are prepared to negotiate the entrepreneurial ecology of various dance sectors. Furthermore, the paper will examine the shifting relationship between choreographer and dancer from hierarchical to co-creative including how, in spite of the often collaborative nature of dance creation, the marketplace continues to celebrate the singular authorial position of the choreographer. Each of these elements will reflect back the complex issues of agency and creative self-hood that dancers must negotiate in an increasingly diverse and changeable arts environment.

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ID Code: 93816
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Contemporary dance, Moving Identity, Complexity, Career path
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
Past > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 [Please consult the author]
Deposited On: 17 Mar 2016 03:04
Last Modified: 23 Dec 2016 14:55

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