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Watching dance, drawing the experience and visual knowledge

Reason, Matthew (2010) Watching dance, drawing the experience and visual knowledge. Forum for Modern Language Studies, 46 (4). pp. 391-414.

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Abstract

The experience of dance, of bodies moving in space, might reasonably be considered as ineffable – as located in our tacit or embodied knowledge but beyond the scope of articulation in language. Responding to this perception, this paper explores the process and findings of a project that used visual arts workshops to uncover audience experiences of a dance performance. The paper engages with questions of epistemology and research methodologies, considering the transformative impact of the research process on the articulation of experience. In particular it discusses how the production of creative art works allowed for a kind of communication different from language, exploring the impact of drawing on participants' representations of their experience of dance through factors such as process and time, materiality and medium, choices in representation, and chance and instinct. By reading from the art works to the participants' own interpretations of their art works and back again, the paper suggests that the act of visual expression both transformed and made present audience experiences in a manner that reveals a new visual or presentational knowledge of dance.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
DOI: 10.1093/fmls/cqq014
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
School/Department: School of Performance & Media Production
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/544

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