Moving Towards a Group Dance

By Olivia Millard.

Published by The International Journal of Arts Theory and History

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This paper describes the process of the creation of an improvised group dance, discussing how both the dance and the group came into being through practising with what were called ‘scores’. The dance was created as part of a three-year Ph.D practice-led research project. The question asked in conducting the research is: What is the work of ‘scores’ in the creation of an improvised group dance? where scores were verbal propositions, usually relating to physical, bodily, or movement notions such as tangling and untangling or awareness of being subject to gravity. The aspect of the overall project discussed in this paper concerns the coming into being of the group in both social and material terms.

Keywords: Dance, Improvisation, Authorship

The International Journal of Arts Theory and History, Volume 10, Issue 3, September, 2015, pp.43-51. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 476.762KB).

Dr. Olivia Millard

Lecturer in Dance, School of Communication and Creative Arts, Deakin University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia