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Aemilius Sense

Marcalo, R. A. C. A., Barker, L., Stanning, A. and Walker, C. (2006) Aemilius Sense. [Performance]

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Item Type: Performance
Creators: Marcalo, R. A. C. A., Barker, L., Stanning, A. and Walker, C.

'Aemilius Sense' was a Community Dance York dance for the camera commission. The work was commissioned as part of the Arts Council funded ‘After Images’ project (an 18 month programme of creative work with a choreographer, a filmmaker and two digital artists), of which ‘Aemilius Sense’ was the dance for the camera research output. I was invited to join the project as a choreographer, and the other artists involved were filmmaker Lucy Barker and digital artists Adam Stanning and Chris Walker (Bright White). Community Dance York is an adult community dance group, for adults with or without previous contemporary dance experience. ‘Aemilius Sense’ interrogated professional collaborative practices (between choreographers, filmmakers and digital artists), in relation to the context of community dance and film practice. This derived from an apparent lack of research into community dance projects and film. It asked questions regarding the balance between professional emphasis on production values and community emphasis on the potential for personal transformations that the project can make to the lives of the participants, and it proposed a practice where both transformations were equally balanced. The methodologies utilised in the project were of two kinds. On the one hand, there were those collaborative making methodologies employed by myself (as choreographer) and the community dance participants, and those between myself and the filmmaker and the digital artists. On the other, reflective methodologies were also employed by myself and the participants, involving interviews, regular feedback and discussion sessions, a questionnaire, and a series of process notes.

Date: 22 October 2006
Event Location: City Screen, York (premiere). Additional performance at Yorkshire Dance, Leeds.
School/Department: School of the Arts
URI: https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/176

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