Surface tensions: land and body relations through live research inquiry: ROCKface

Orr, Marnie and Sweeney, Rachel (2011) Surface tensions: land and body relations through live research inquiry: ROCKface. Double Dialogues (14). ISSN 1447-9591

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This essay brings together the respective academic and professional dance backgrounds of Marnie Orr and Rachel Sweeney in outlining a choreographic proposal that involves cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural vernacular around body-place relations.

Surface Tensions takes the idea of topographic exchange between place and body, exploring relationships between sense, perception and memory relative to evolving site-based dance practices, undertaken in the UK and Australia as part of the dance research partnership between Dr Rachel Sweeney and Marnie Orr entitled ROCKface. In this article Orr and Sweeney introduce an interdisciplinary live research approach to practice developed over the past six years. ROCKface employ physical and verbal tools for navigating changing terrain, informed by land science and land management knowledge. Motivated by survival in a changing world, our aim is to broaden the scope of choreographic inquiry by sharing research processes exposing existing physicality and verbal articulation across a range of disciplines. In this way the work is cultivating a mode of operation based on an explicitly phenomenological worldview of the body. The process is also designed to benefit all participants by focusing on environments both internal and external to the body, and exploring, dialoguing and naming the nature of the multitude of relationships existing between those environments. The aim is to develop tools, techniques and environmental exchanges to foster an awareness of one's own intuitive anatomy as part of a project of deep ecological critique.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > Drama,Dance and Performance Studies (up to 30th April 2018)
Depositing User: Users 4 not found.
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2014 08:49
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2014 08:49

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