Expressing suchness: on the integration of writing into a dance practice

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Collard-Stokes, Gemma 2019. Expressing suchness: on the integration of writing into a dance practice. Journal of Dance & Somatic Practices. 11 (1), pp. 115-128. https://doi.org/10.1386/jdsp.11.1.115_1
AuthorsCollard-Stokes, Gemma
Abstract

This article details the unique pairing of dance and writing, the likes of which are often considered two very different beasts. It examines how approaches to movement improvisation have been used to form and inform innovative methods of entering into the act of writing from the experience of dance. The argument authenticates the current renewed appreciation for the possibilities of writing to enable further creative critical engagement. Consequently, the meeting of creativity and criticality is one in which the dancer playfully explores and examines the suchness of one’s dancing. Suchness is therefore understood as the unique sum of qualities experienced by the dancer – the point at which clarity and closeness facilitate connection through the images, feelings and sensations evoked by dance. In summary, the article outlines the relationship between dance and writing, before exploring the methods used to facilitate a dancer’s assimilation and validation of what happens for them when they dance.

Keywordsdance; improvisation; lived experience; self; suchness; writing
Year2019
JournalJournal of Dance & Somatic Practices
Journal citation11 (1), pp. 115-128
PublisherIntellect
ISSN17571871
1757188X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1386/jdsp.11.1.115_1
Web address (URL)https://www.ingentaconnect.com/contentone/intellect/jdsp/2019/00000011/00000001/art00009
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/624237
hdl:10545/624237
Output statusPublished
Publication dates01 Jul 2019
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Deposited24 Oct 2019
AcceptedSep 2018
ContributorsUniversity of Derby
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