University of Wales Institute Cardiff
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This study reveals the importance of narrative activity, and explores the ill health and rehabilitated dancing body, investigating into the physical and psychosocial events, of chronic illness that can prematurely disrupt, and determine the progress of a dancer’s self - identity. The present study identifies the analytical issues that explore; body and self - identity; the loss of the performing body and the anxieties and frustrations that are faced and experienced through ill health and the injured body. It demonstrates how, I as an individual have descended from such great heights, to a much more static, and ordinary approach; I am an individual who is lost, and unable to make sense of my body and my self-identification, an identity which is faced by fundamental challenges and life changing events. This article seeks to contribute to the small but growing literature of auto ethnographies in dance. It provides a narrative form of a life event that is experienced through ill health and injury of the body in dance. The paper identifies the problems of restoring the 'self'; it develops the phenomenological experience of the dancing body, and reports the insights obtained from an extensive and exhaustive encountered study of qualitative studies of chronic illness. It also subsequently examines the potential for its evocative portrayal and effective analysis using different kinds of theoretical, methodological, and contextual forms.