The embodied imagination: choreographic practice and dancing our way into being
AffiliationSchool of Performing Arts
Document TypeMasters Research thesis
Access StatusOpen Access
Open Access URLhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bf2p-CgsGhc
© 2016 Paula Lay
‘The Embodied Imagination: choreographic practice and dancing our way into being’ is a practice led research project completed between 2013 – 2016 at the Victorian College of the Arts. The thesis comprises a performance outcome and a dissertation. This dissertation examines the scope of the imagination and looks at the way we imagine which includes image making but is not exclusive to the realm of mental images. The premise is that the imagination is a vital synthesizing force that animates the world and which can be appropriated in choreographic practice. A wider definition is proposed that attempts to capture the totality of the imaginary as a continuously emerging potential. I will build towards a discussion on the interplay between the real and the imaginary and develop the idea that through performance we open the possibility of perceiving and imagining in new ways. Through this we create the possibility for tiny shifts in how we can be in the world.
Keywordsdance; contemporary dance; imagination; performance; choreography
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