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Title: Dancing other people's words : an investigation of choreographic practice in the field of verbatim dance-theatre
Author: McCormack , Jessica Carla
ISNI:       0000 0004 6057 1315
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2016
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This thesis explores ways to understand, articulate and engage in the process of choreographing movement as a response to verbatim spoken language. Drawing on pertinent aspects in the field of translation studies and Sakhtin's theory of 'heteroglossia' and combining this with experimental choreographic practice, the research develops ways in which to understand, articulate and practice the 'translation' of verbatim spoken language into movement in the context of 'dancetheatre'. Through analysis of ova Physical Theatre's productions To Be Straight With You (2007-9) and Can We Talk About This (2011-12) and my own experimental choreographic practice, a focused articulation of the use of translation as a choreographic device is developed. The thesis contributes to the discourse surrounding creative translation in translation studies and performance studies as well as offering verbatim performance practitioners ways of reflecting on and expanding their practice. Sy applying Sakhtin's theory of heteroglossia this study explores ways in which to understand how the combination of spoken words and movement in verbatim dance-theatre can undermine the existence of a single perspective and challenge some of the perceived hierarchies that exists between the 'verbatim text' and the 'performance text'. The examination of ova Physical Theatre's verbatim dance-theatre work explores and reframes live performance work, archive footage and artists' commentary presently in the public domain and also explores an interview collected by the researcher with Hannes Langolf, the company's Creative Associate. This study is anchored in the making of performance, including both the making of performance and the writing about the making of performance. The creation of a piece of original verbatim dance-theatre, Cathy Come Home (2012), is incorporated which takes inspiration from the SSC's 1966 film of the same title by Jeremy Sandford and Ken Loach. This combines verbatim spoken language collected from a variety of individuals talking about 'homelessness' with movement, in an attempt to experiment with and extend choreographic practice in the field of verbatim dance-theatre. Accompanying the written element of this thesis is a DVD containing video documentation of Cathy Come Home which should be viewed as outlined in the introduction and Chapter Four.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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