Beyond the studio: the creative process in local, site-related dance

Daw, Josephine (2009) Beyond the studio: the creative process in local, site-related dance. PhD thesis, Victoria University.


This practice–led research thesis comprises a dance performance and a written exegesis that will make salient and analyse the creative process in site-related choreography. The work explores the repercussions of moving dance making activities away from the traditional studio and considers how choreographic practice might be challenged or transformed when it is pursued ‘on location’ to allow for other understandings of site and location to permeate the choreography. The research includes an ethnographic study on a Northern Territory dance company, Tracks Dance. The object is to illuminate the shifting complexities of the creative process in dance making and document this through analysis of the choreographer’s experience in rehearsals. I detail the company’s creative processes that exist primarily outside of the studio.

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DVD of related live performances is available from the library

Item type Thesis (PhD thesis)
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Communication and the Arts
Keywords dance performance, choreography, place in dance, location in dance, ethnography, Tracks Dance, Northern Territory, Darwin
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