Choreographies of presence: Improvisation as feminist practice
Dance Research Methodologies: Ethics, Orientations and Practices
School of Education / Centre for People, Place and Planet
This chapter positions choreographies of presence as a feminist practice activated through attending to the mid-embodiment and relationality of improvisation. As an artist currently working across university faculties of Arts and Education, the practice of improvisation links multiple strands of interdisciplinary research. Improvisation as a method informs encounters, projects, and modes of writing that attend to the pace and tone of emergent content as relational, mid-embodied, and feminist. This chapter shares scores from a practice called Writing as Dancing as direct entry points for thinking with choreographies of presence. This work proposes choreographies of presence as a provocation that disrupts hegemonic discourses of linearity and progress through activating improvisation as a strategy for generating nuanced responses in unstable times.