Does the process of choreography prepare you as a dancer for performance
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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This study aims to investigate whether the process of choreography used during Cardiff Metropolitan’s Student Dance Company rehearsals help to prepare the dancers for performance. As a qualitative study the data collection focused on gathering the thoughts, feelings and experiences of three members of Student Dance Company, including the researcher as a participant in the study. A former member of Student Dance Company adopted the role of an External Observer to provide the objective perspective of the Research Participant. All participants followed the same template of questions that focused on physical and emotional responses to tasks set in the sessions, how they felt and what was observed of their conduct and engagement within the practice. The main findings of the research discovered in the process of working collaboratively and sharing material individuals have less confidence when performing someone else’s movement. The processes individuals go through to inhabit their own material is what prepares the dancers for performance. This therefore suggests this same process needs to take place when learning the material of other members but it is acknowledged that each dancer has their own way of embodying learnt movement. Another finding revealed that when opportunities arose to be involved in the creative process as a whole group, vulnerabilities became apparent stemming from the loss of individual control. As a Participant Researcher reflecting on my place within the company it appears that these vulnerable moments contribute to taking the step between dancer and performer.
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