2018 Theme: Dancing / Dance making: Responding to Spatial Configurations

Event: 103-year-old Eileen Kramer’s workshop, with Patrick Harding-Irmer as her ‘assistant’ at Panpapanpalya, Global Dance Conference of WDA and DaCi, in Adelaide, July, 2018.  
Photo: Julie Dyson.

“ESTRANGEMENT” OR EXOTICISM? : WHEN CONTEMPORARY DANCE CHOREOGRAPHERS INCORPORATE IMAGES OF A TV SERIES ABOUT PORTUGUESE EXPRESSIVE PRACTICES

Sophie Coquelin PhD candidate, Faculty of Human Motricity, University of Lisbon, Portugal Abstract This paper aims to reflect on perspectives of Portuguese expressive practices by confronting the analysis of contemporary dance works and a TV series, both of which deal with the construction of the Portuguese identity. The paper foregrounds notions such as exoticism, estrangement and authority, by focussing on two clear strategic tendencies of staging imaginations around the perception of traditional practices: by essentializing and by organicizing. Methodologically this work is framed within the multidisciplinary approach whereby an attempt has been made to generate a cross discussion between performative ...
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AFTER EXHAUSTION: TECHNOLOGIES OF THE SELF IN LEGEND LIN DANCE THEATRE

Taiyueh Chen Ph.D. Scholar and Part-time Lecturer at the Taipei National University of the Arts (TNUA) Abstract This article takes Michel Foucault’s theory of technologies of the self in conversation with Legend Lin Dance Theatre in Taiwan, to see how the choreographer Lin Lee-chen’s mottos “challenge yourself” and “find yourself back” form a belief system by weaving theory and practice together. Going deeper through field investigation and interview with the dancers, three sub-issues are gradually revealed. First on the use of energy: why do the dancers need to exhaust themselves totally in the practice? Second on the individual with the ...
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POLITICS AND AESTHETICS*: ANALYSING “PERFORMATIVES” IN THE CONTEXT OF THE JNU PROTEST

Meghna Bhardwaj Independent Choreographer and Ph.D. Candidate, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India *This paper is an academic analysis of my personal experience of participation in the JNU protest. It comprises my attempts at reflecting on questions such as what is art and artistic? And how can art lead to change? Abstract This paper analyses political protest as a ground for testing acts of art and performance along the parameters of ephemerality and democracy. By investigating the JNU protest of 2016, in that three particular performative acts, this paper argues that any art or performance that claims to radicalise and ...
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REMNANTS OF US: COLLECTIVE DANCE-MAKING AS MULTI-ART FORM PRAXIS

Lucinda Coleman Adjunct Lecturer, Edith Cowan University –Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). Abstract The Australian dance theatre collective, Remnant Dance, was established with a vision to ‘create, make, connect’ through artistic practice and performances. Remnant Dancers have generated unexpected social networking and community development whilst exploring connectivity through dance in the collective environment. In particular, during 2015/2016, Remnant Dance ventured into ambitious creative territory by inviting 22 artists from the fields of music, contemporary dance, and visual/multi-media arts to collaborate in response to fragments of literary texts, matched with wines. The project, winery psalms–the mixed half-dozen, generated six ...
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THINKING THROUGH THE BODY: LAYERING MEANING THROUGH REFLECTIVE PRACTICE IN THE DANCE CLASS

Aadya Kaktikar Assistant Professor, Shiv Nadar University, Delhi, India Abstract This paper elaborates on a pedagogical experiment of using reflective practice as a framework for teaching dance. The class that this paper unpacks was an undergraduate class in India’s first Liberal Arts University and none of the participants in the class were trained dancers. Highlighting the primacy of knowledge generated in body which thinks and a mind, which is embodied, this paper examines a possibility of developing a justification for dance in education that stems from its own unique teaching and learning possibilities, rather than through the lens of other ...
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