Breathing in the atmosphere : affect and improvised dance performance

Mcleod, Shaun 2016, Breathing in the atmosphere : affect and improvised dance performance, Melbourne, Victoria, 2016/07/05 - 2016/07/09, Melbourne, Vic., PSi.

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Title Breathing in the atmosphere : affect and improvised dance performance
Creator(s) Mcleod, ShaunORCID iD for Mcleod, Shaun
Conference, exhibition or event name Performance Studies international #22 Performance Climates. Conference (2016 : Melbourne, Victoria)
Conference, exhibition or event location Melbourne, Victoria
Conference, exhibition or event dates 2016/07/05 - 2016/07/09
Publication date 2016
Description of resource Performed presentation with improvised movement and spoken text
Publisher PSi
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Keyword(s) Performance
Summary Whether conceptually or experientially atmospheres are hazy. Atmospheric situations often emerge without us being able to control or fully apprehend the conditions of their emergence. Atmospheres affect us not at the cognitive level but through embodiment - through the sensory capacities of our bodies and subsequent registers of affect. We feel atmospheres. Dance improvisers also feel what emerges in an improvisation, whether as the adrenalizing effect of the audience’s presence or because the dancer is immersed in their own movement (as the affect of interest). But dance improvisation is a situation in which atmospheres (and their affective impacts) emerge in unpredictable ways. Becoming attuned to ‘what is going on’ is an aspect of improvisational skill but improvised performance is also an exposure to ‘not knowing’ – not knowing what will happen (or how it will change), not knowing what motivated the movement. This exposure to ‘forces of not knowing’ is similar to many atmospheric situations in everyday life which we negotiate according to personal habits and personal levels of discernment. This performative paper picks up on Gernot Bőhme’s concept of a “new aesthetics” such that hazy atmospheres, and the uncertainty of where they come from, can be claimed as part of an aesthetic encounter. It also reflects on the act of breathing as a potential interface between aesthetic and scientific definitions of ‘atmosphere’.
Language eng
Field of Research 190403 Dance
Socio Economic Objective 950105 The Performing Arts (incl. Theatre and Dance)
HERDC Research category J1 Major original creative works
ERA Research output type X Not reportable
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