‘Dance Ecology as a Live Research Practice’

Sweeney, Rachel (2017) ‘Dance Ecology as a Live Research Practice’. In: Dance Matters in Ireland - contemporary dance performance and practice. Dance Matters, 1 (1). Palgrave Macmillan, London, pp. 115-124. ISBN 978-3-319-66738-6

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This chapter looks at some of the shifting territories that have marked the Irish contemporary dance landscape, from the early nineties to the present day, citing notable developments that have effected a marked change in perceptions and attitudes surrounding choreographic practices and processes both within and beyond Ireland. Spanning over twenty years of dance culture in Ireland, the writing reflects on notable developments within formal training provision, artistic collectives and platforms, company structures and performance platforms that have altered the terrain of Irish contemporary dance nationally and internationally. Much of the work presented here cites some of the main collaborative projects that I have realised over the past two decades, many of which are centered around site based choreography and, in particular, connections between movement and ecological practices. In exploring terrain based dance activities both within and without of an Irish landscape, the writing considers how transdiciplinary research practices in dance have significantly shifted moving bodies beyond aesthetic bound stage production to continue to expand and challenge definitions of art, politics and place through Irish contemporary dance culture.

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Additional Information and Comments: author (Rachel Sweeney) and editors (Aoife McGrath & Emma Meehan, Dance Matters in Ireland - contemporary dance performance and practice, 2017, Palgrave Macmillan reproduced with permission of Palgrave Macmillan'. This extract is taken from the author's original manuscript and has not been edited. The definitive, published, version of record is available here: http://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783319667386#aboutBook on www.palgrave.com and www.palgraveconnect.com].
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > Drama,Dance and Performance Studies (up to 30th April 2018)
Depositing User: Rachel Sweeney
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2017 12:55
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2017 12:37
URI: https://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/2313

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