9781137373212

Dance Dramaturgy Modes of Agency, Awareness and Engagement

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    9781137373212

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    1137373210

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2015-08-19
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Summary

Ten prominent dramaturg-scholars from three continents discuss complex dramaturgical approaches and advance proposals that reset notions of agency in contemporary dance creation. By drawing upon professional experience, cognitive and poststructuralist theory, and the work of international dance artists, they depart from tropes of anxiety in the existing discourse and present dramaturgy as a radically relational practice.

Seen through their lenses, dance dramaturgy is not the territory of a dramaturg with privileged knowledge about composition; it is driven by artistic inquiry, distributed among collaborating artists, embedded in improvisation tasks, or weaved through layers of audience engagement. In turn, the dramaturg becomes an engaged and skilful facilitator of dramaturgical awareness who traces artistic inquiries and ways of working across a broad spectrum of projects and artists.

This collection extends an invitation to complicate and advance key notions of dance dramaturgy and provides a rich source for dance and devising artists looking to examine and develop approaches to creation.

Author Biography

Pil Hansen is an Assistant Professor in Dance and Drama at the University of Calgary, Canada, and dramaturg of Vertical City Performance and Kaeja d'Dance. Her research results and methods in cognitive performance studies and dramaturgy have been published widely.

Darcey Callison is a choreographer and Associate Professor in Dramaturgy and Choreography at York University, Canada. His research mobilizes cultural studies, Authentic Movement, and postmodern dance to examine contemporary and historical expressions of gender.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; Pil Hansen
PART I: AGENCY
2. Propensity: Pragmatics and Functions of Dramaturgy in Contemporary Dance; Bojana Bauer
3. Errancy as Work: Seven Strewn Notes for Dance Dramaturgy; André Lepecki
4. Thinking No-One's Thought; Maaike Bleeker
PART II: AWARENESS
5. Distributed Dramaturgies: Navigating with Boundary Objects; Freya Vass-Rhee
6. Improvisation Practices and Dramaturgical Consciousness: A workshop; Vida L. Midgelow
7. The Dramaturgy of Performance Generating Systems; Pil Hansen
PART III: ENGAGEMENT
8. Field Notes: In the Studio with Ralph Lemon and Donald Byrd; Katherine Profeta and Thomas F. DeFrantz
9. Dance Dramaturgy as a Process of Learning: koosil-ja's mech[a]OUTPUT; Nanako Nakajima with performing koosil-ja
10. Dance Presenting and Dramaturgy; Bonnie Brooks
Index

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