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Title: Site-specific dance performance : The investigation of a creative process
Author: Hunter, Victoria Margaret
ISNI:       0000 0004 2691 5110
Awarding Body: University of Leeds
Current Institution: University of Leeds
Date of Award: 2009
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This thesis presents the findings of a practice-led investigation which explored relationships between the site and the author's choreographic process through the creation, performance and analysis of three site-specific dance works performed in different locations. Site-specific dance performance is defined here as dance performance created and performed in response to a specific site and location. The research contributes new knowledge to the field through the articulation of methods for site-specific choreography developed through practical experimentation. The thesis references key debates from the field of site-specific performance and explores how phenomenological theory was employed as a key framework throughout the research process. The research investigation is further informed by theory and practice drawn from the fields of choreography and performance, site-specific practice and theory, human geography and spatial theory. The investigation examines how a pathway through the site-specific creative process was navigated, and explores methods through which the choreographer created site-specific performance aimed at actively engaging the audience member with the work and its location. Through this process, this research proposes that choreographed site-performance can invoke an increased sense of awareness, engagement and a heightened sense of 'being-in-the-world' for the choreographer, performer and audience member. The thesis contains both a written component and DVD documentation of the practical work. Through discussion and analysis of the performance works and their creative processes the investigation provides an insight into how creative choreographic processes operated within each site-specific dance context. The investigation identifies and articulates creative, processes employed within the practice and aims to contribute new knowledge to the fields of site~specific dance discourse, choreographic studies and site-specific performance practice and theory.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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