Material Touchstones: Weaving histories through site-specific dance performance

Hunter, Victoria (2019) Material Touchstones: Weaving histories through site-specific dance performance. In: (Re) Positioning Site Dance: Local Acts, Global Perspectives. Intellect, Bristol, pp. 135-158. ISBN 9781783209989 (In Press)

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In this chapter I explore how material histories, embodied memories and the materials of ‘home’ informed the development and production of my site-specific dance work The Abbots Dances, created and performed at the 400 year-old George Abbot Almshouse hospital in Guildford, Surrey, September 2014. Performed by five dancers and two Almshouse residents, the work explored individual place associations and memories, the site’s history, materials and architecture. It wove together historical site details and personal narratives, and celebrated the stories and associations of those who live there. In this chapter I explore how the performance work articulated embodied memories of home constructed over a life-course alongside present-day sentiments of feeling at home. These reflections are informed by an interdisciplinary theoretical framework drawn from; phenomenology (Merleau-Ponty 1962), archival theory (Millar 1991), and New Materialism (Bennett 2004, Barad 2003 and Kramer 2012).

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Site dANCE, new materialism, Home, belonging
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Divisions: Departments > Dance
Depositing User: Vicky Hunter
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2019 14:17
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2019 14:43

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