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Title: Dance artist practitioners : an integrated model for the learning and teaching of choreography in the tertiary sector
Author: Butterworth, Joanne
ISNI:       0000 0001 3512 9099
Awarding Body: University of Kent at Canterbury
Current Institution: University of Kent
Date of Award: 2002
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This thesis proposes a new pedagogic approach to the learning and teaching of choreography in the tertiary sector appropriate to the perceived career contexts of the 21st century. The study draws upon personal and historical investigation of the choreographer-dancer relationship in theatre and education domains, identifying consensus practice at particular times and in particular contexts. Highlighting the two distinct genres from which they emanate, the disconnection between professional vocational training and educational approaches to learning and teaching of dance is examined and analysed in detail. Recent and relevant evidence is presented to support the hypothesis that the methods by which choreography is taught, learned and applied need reconsideration. The thesis argues that Peter Brinson's aspiration of the fully educated artist and autonomous thinker is crucial in developing intelligent, dextrous and versatile choreographers able to make, teach, perform, facilitate and apply choreography in diverse contexts. Most dancer/performers work in an essentially short-term and challenging environment where new fonns and languages evolve, and where they are required to take part in a wide range of didactic and democratic creative processes. The thesis defines and illustrates the Didactic-Democratic Continuum Model, a symbiotic teaching and learning methodology that will enable tertiary students to experience, understand, reflect upon and evaluate these processes. Within the dynamic context of artistic and interactive roles of dancer and choreographer, the intelligent application of general principles, rather than formulaic paradigms, is considered key. Further, the application of this model in the development of dance artist practitioners has implications for future teaching and training. The thesis is organised in three sections. Section A focuses on the historical perspective, and provides description and interpretation of the choreographer-dancer relationship in theatre and education domains. Section B, the personal experiential perspective, consists of a frame of reference for the concept of Dance Devising, and a review and observations of selected UK professional practice from 1993, deemed pertinent to the discussion. Section C considers the issues and principles pertaining to the design of the framework, presents the Didactic-Democratic Continuum Model for the learning and teaching of choreography from the perspective of the student, and discusses implications for the implementation of the model.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: Education & training