Some notes on the staging of ideokinesis

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Dempster, Elizabeth (2004) Some notes on the staging of ideokinesis. Writings on dance (22). pp. 37-48. ISSN 0817-3710


Dance artist Eva Karczag has been involved in the practice of ideokinesis since the early 1970s. She is also certified teacher of the Alexander Technique. Her work as teacher and performer is based on a synthesis of ideokinesis/release, improvisation and body awareness techniques. Currently based at Bennington College, Vermont, Karczag regularly visits Australia to conduct workshops and perform and in the following text reference is made to a workshop conducted at Dancehouse, Melbourne in 1994. I have selected some key elements of ideokinetic method as points of departure for an analysis of Karczag's Release dance practice. These elements are examined in the following order: the formation and transmission of images through the teacher's touch and voice, the horizontal plane of instruction, and the practice of 'non-doing' or inaction.'

Item type Article
Subjects Historical > RFCD Classification > 410000 The Arts
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Sport and Exercise Science
Keywords ideokinesis, dance artist, Eva Karczag, dance technique
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