Date of Award

2009

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts Honours

School

Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)

Faculty

Faculty of Education & Arts

First Advisor

Maggi Phillips

Abstract

I am interested in investigating the value improvisation holds when placed in a live dance performance context. I am discussing improvisation in terms of it being an individual exploration of one's movement potential to create a personal movement language. Within this, I place focus on the body as a source of knowledge and the embodied movement possibilities that inevitably make up each individual dancer's personal movement language. I am also interested in the audience's perceptions of what defines successful dance and the dancer and audience relationship that forms during the duration of a performance. Can the practice of improvising be put on stage in a live performance context and provide the same appeal through fulfilling the expectations of an audience to the same extent that a rehearsed final product potentially could? Through these components, I want to evaluate whether improvisation can be successful when presented live, whether it can sustain itself in this performance environment and finally if so, what components are necessary to ensure this 'success' occurs so that the improvised work is viewed as an accessible means of performance by its audience.

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Dance Commons

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