Dark Park: visceral experiments with narrative in dance theatre

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Alexander, Kelly (2011) Dark Park: visceral experiments with narrative in dance theatre. Research Master thesis, Victoria University.


This practice-led MA project in performance focuses on the use of narrative elements within dance theatre. Following the work of Pina Bausch and Lloyd Newson it investigates processes for integrating narrative with the abstract properties of dance. Whilst Bausch and Newson have approached narrative from divergent perspectives, both have utilised it in ways that embrace ambiguity, encouraging interpretation but refusing definitive meaning. This project expands these perspectives to further explore this space between specificity and ambiguity. It suggests a story through movement and physicality and investigates the ability of narrative to connect directly to the emotional core of the spectator.

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Master of Arts

Item type Thesis (Research Master thesis)
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/19420
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Communication and the Arts
Historical > FOR Classification > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing
Keywords story, specific, ambiguous, ambiguity, intuition, emotion, audience, intuitive process, decision-making, studio practice, autobiography, performance
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