2019 Theme: Practicalities of Practice through a 21st Century Lens

Photo Credit : Sandy Aldieri, Perceptions Photography, 2018

“IT’S NOT FOR THE FAINT HEARTED”: PERCEPTIONS AND ATTITUDES OF THREE COMMUNITY DANCE PRACTITIONERS PROVIDING DANCE WITHIN PRISON ENVIRONMENTS IN NEW ZEALAND/AOTEAROA

Kristie Mortimer, University of Auckland - Abstract - This research explores three community dance practitioners’ experiences of providing dance within prison environments in New Zealand/Aotearoa. The narratives of the community dance practitioners are drawn upon to uncover meanings and understandings around the challenges they faced when providing dance in prison environments. This article focusses on the community dance practitioners’ perceptions and attitudes, particularly in relation to their perceived roles, feelings of nervousness and a need to emotionally detach from the prison environment. Exploring these themes provides insight into ways community dance practitioners might approach dance practice within prison environments. Keywords ...
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HABITUS AND PERCEPTIONS: LECTURERS DISCUSS DANCE IN PRIMARY TEACHER EDUCATION COURSES IN QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA

Rachael Jacobs, Western Sydney University - Abstract - Dance is a compulsory component of the Arts Curriculum in the primary years in Australia. Today, we have a renewed understanding of dance education that utilises experimentation, guided discovery, exploration and enhanced creative thinking skills (Isbell & Raines, 2007). There is much research that attests to the benefits of creative approaches to dance education (Gersak, 2012), however, pre-service teachers' perceptions of dance frequently misrepresent the area, often as a result of societal values, their own school experiences and the habitus that creates perceptions of dance in schools. This paper reports on a ...
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INFORMING CREATIVITY: AN EXPLORATION OF CONTEMPORARY DANCE GRADUATES’ EXPERIENCES OF CREATIVITY IN TASKING PROCESSES WITHIN PROFESSIONAL COLLABORATIVE DANCE-MAKING

Emma Cosgrave, University of Auckland - Abstract - Collaborative dance-making processes may be understood as a social experience as choreographers work with dancers to make movement for their dance work. This research focuses on the ‘tasking’ movement generation parts of the choreographic process, as it is one-way dancers creatively respond to the choreographer’s invitations, provocations, activities, or stimulus. Looking through a qualitative and constructivist methodology, the question guiding this research was: What are recent contemporary dance graduates’ experiences of creativity within the choreographic tasking process, and how do these experiences inform their perspectives of creativity? This research revealed four themes ...
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KENNETH MACMILLAN’S MANON: BUTCH BALLERINAS AND DANCING RAPE

Laura Briggs, Independent scholar - Abstract - British choreographer Kenneth MacMillan famously introduced narratives of rape and sexual assault to the ballet stage. One such ballet, Manon, has become a modern classic, performed in the repertory of dance companies worldwide. Through a feminist and queer lens, this article choreographically analyzes Manon’s third act, shedding light on its troubling portrayal of sex work, butch women, and sexual assault. The modern relevance of Manon and other MacMillan ballets invite us to question the place of these works in the #MeToo era of ballet. Keywords ballet; Kenneth MacMillan; feminism; butch aesthetic; sexual assault ...
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MOVING THINKING: IS DANCE MAKING A SOMATIC PRACTICE?

Julie Mulvihill, Texas Woman’s University - Abstract - This article is an inquiry of thinking as moving and experiencing in order to posit dance making as a somatic practice. Theories including embodied cognition and somaesthetics are utilized to frame thinking and explore somatic work, namely the Alexander Technique. Dance making in groups is presented and considered through the author’s constructed lens of thinking and the Alexander Technique. Keywords Alexander Technique; dance making; pedagogy; somatic practice; thinking Biography Julie Mulvihill is interested in how we communicate, contribute, and shift roles as we create possibilities and decisions toward a dance direction. Each ...
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