Trajectories of intensity. Looking at structured improvisation in 'the weight of the thing left its mark'

McLeod, Shaun 2009, Trajectories of intensity. Looking at structured improvisation in 'the weight of the thing left its mark', in Re-Searching Dance: Proceedings of the 2009 International Conference on Dance Research, World Dance Alliance - Asia Pacific, New Delhi, India, pp. 159-164.

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Title Trajectories of intensity. Looking at structured improvisation in 'the weight of the thing left its mark'
Author(s) McLeod, ShaunORCID iD for McLeod, Shaun orcid.org/0000-0003-1917-5436
Conference name Re-Searching Dance. International Conference on Dance Research
Conference location New Delhi, India
Conference dates 28 Nov - 1 Dec 2009
Title of proceedings Re-Searching Dance: Proceedings of the 2009 International Conference on Dance Research
Editor(s) Goswami, A.
Sarkar, U.
Ghosh, A.
Saha, S.
Sahai, S.
Sharma, R.
Publication date 2009
Start page 159
End page 164
Total pages 6
Publisher World Dance Alliance - Asia Pacific
Place of publication New Delhi, India
Keyword(s) Dance
dance improvisation
structured improvisation
performance
Summary This article examines the intentions and implications of ‘structured improvisation’ in relation to my work 'The weight of the thing left its mark' performed in Melbourne in April 2009. The performance piece is premised on the dancers maintaining a performance improvisation practice but to frame these and add predetermined context as a choreographic overlay. In so doing the aim was to create spaces within the work where improvisation could authentically exist while striving for a definable and repeatable ‘work’. The presentation will examine some of the complexities and difficulties inherent in this aim and grapples with the different expectations and conflicts that exist between performance improvisation and choreography.
Language eng
Field of Research 190499 Performing Arts and Creative Writing not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing
HERDC Research category E2.1 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed
Copyright notice ©2009, Researching Dance - International Conference on Dance Research
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Collection: School of Communication and Creative Arts
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