By Karen Barbour
An leading edge exploration of knowing via dance, Dancing around the web page draws at the frameworks of phenomenology, feminism, and postmodernism to supply readers an knowing of functionality experiences that's grounded in own narrative and lived event. via money owed of latest dance making, improvisation, and dance schooling, Karen Barbour explores a variety of issues, together with strength; activism; and cultural, gendered, and private identification. An intimate but rigorous research of creativity in dance, Dancing around the web page emphasizes embodied wisdom and mind's eye as a foundation for inventive motion within the world.
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Stepping down onto the tarmac and scanning the 52 Dancing Across the Page: Representing Research Through Narrative people behind the gates, I quickly pick out my friend and colleague Jane’s fair hair amongst the dark-haired women waiting for returning family and the sun hats of tourists. ‘Straight through’ gestures the Vanuatu Customs Officer, and then Jane and I are embracing, laughing at our good fortune to be here and not at home in the cold southerly winds of winter in Aotearoa. We happily exchange travel experiences as we collect my luggage, and after changing into lava-lava (sarongs) at her home, we head straight to the water for a swim.
For example, I contrasted a somewhat seductive look and movement, with my finger upheld as though cautioning. I added in atypical elements, like the recognizable hitchhiker’s thumb or a shoulder shrug, and I pointed at and verbally addressed my audience. Looking directly at my audience, I challenged them to see me as a person looking back, not a passive body to be objectified and ‘consumed’. And I attempted to undo what I set up, again and again, developing (at least for myself) an experience of performing a different femininity.
I hoped to express my desire to communicate with others, to try to understand the world around me and to share my own experiences. I lay curled on my side with eyes closed, shifting position irritably and then rolling over as though in a disturbed sleep. Standing while pointing in one direction and looking in another direction, I wanted to share my confusion about where I fitted in the world. I lugged those heavy stones around during performance, the weight dragging on my body and becoming a burden to bear.
Dancing across the Page: Narrative and Embodied Ways of Knowing by Karen Barbour