Performing Process (Book)
Sharing Dance and Choreographic Practice
The chapters in this collection examine the methods, politics and philosophy of sharing choreographic process, aiming to uncover theoretical repercussions of and the implications for forms of knowledge, the appreciation of dance, education and artistic practices.
Increasingly, choreographic process is examined, shared and discussed in a variety of academic, artistic and performative contexts. More than ever before, post-show discussions, artistic blogs, books, archives and seminars provide opportunities for choreographers to explain their particular methodologies. Performing Process: Sharing Dance and Choreographic Practice provides a unique theoretical investigation of this current trend. The chapters in this collection examine the methods, politics and philosophy of sharing choreographic process, aiming to uncover theoretical repercussions of and the implications for forms of knowledge, the appreciation of dance, education and artistic practices.
Emma Meehan is a research fellow in the Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE) at Coventry University.
Hetty Blades is a research fellow at Coventry University.
Introduction - Hetty Blades and Emma Meehan
Part 1: Philosophy of Process
Chapter 1: Atomos EChOs and the Process-ing of Dances - Stephanie Jordan and Anna Pakes
Chapter 2: Choreographic Knowledge and Aesthetic Empiricism - Hetty Blades
Part 2: Methods and Formats
Chapter 3: Enhancing Choreographic Objects: Traces, Texts and Tales of a Journey through Dance - Sarah Whatley
Chapter 4: Research as Co-Habitation: Experimental Composition across Theory and Practice - Erin Brannigan, Matthew Day and Lizzie Thomson
Chapter 5: Process as Performance or Variations of Swinging - Annette Arlander
Chapter 6: Crystallisations, Constellations and Sharings: Exploring Somatic Process with Sandra Reeve - Emma Meehan
Part 3: Documentation, Dissemination and Scores
Chapter 7: Exploring Creative Thought in Choreography Together: Process Documentation with the Australian Dance Theatre - Scott deLahunta, Jordan Beth Vincent, Elizabeth Old, Garry Stewart, James Leach and Catherine J. Stevens
Chapter 8: Architectural and Choreographic Diagrams as Processual Modes of Sharing Creative Practices - Ariadne Mikou
Chapter 9: Dancing on the Page/Writing on the Stage: Sharing Dance (and) Theatre Process Documents - The Drawings of Jan Fabre - Edith Cassiers
Chapter 10: Animating the Archive: Voguing, Sampling and Queering Tatsumi Hijikata - Sara Jansen
Part 4: Politics and Labour
Chapter 11: The 'Visible Choreographer': Trust and Power, Reviewing Choreography as a Social Practice - Kathinka Walter-Høeg
Chapter 12: The Use of Uselessness - Claudia Kappenberg
Chapter 13: Resisting Explanation: The Politics of Audience Development and Possibilities of Form - Nicola Conibere
'This timely book is a welcome update to the discourse on the enduring topics of process and performance that remain critical for situating, and provoking, artistic practice.'
'In focusing on relationships between process and product, this book offers insights for choreographers, dance students, and those interested in knowledge-generative features of creative pro-cesses. [...] The increased growth in practice-as-research within the academy, as well as the benefits for practitioners and audiences demonstrated throughout its chapters, reinforce why this book is vital for both the artistic and scholarly future of our discipline.'