Author Identifier

Lara Dorling

Date of Award


Document Type



Edith Cowan University

Degree Name

Bachelor of Performing Arts Honours


Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)

First Supervisor

Emma Fishwick


This practice-led research investigates the figurative space between writing and dancing through a looped feedback cycle. The project explores the ‘conversation’ between writing and improvisational dance and how it forms a responsive process named dancingwords/wordsthatdance. Conducted in sessions lasting 30 minutes at a time, this project asks: how can writing and dancing intersect to create a broader and clearer understanding of embodied knowledge, improvisation, creative research process and personal practice? This research project involved solo studio investigation and an hour-long interview with dancer, writer, researcher, and choreographer Dr Jo Pollitt, who is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the ECU School of Education and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. These methods were key for situating dancingwords/wordsthatdance and its associated research findings within the research lineage of writing and dancing practice. This project brings forward the improvising dancer, that often remains unseen or hidden behind the façade of set choreography. The insights from this research expand the potential for embodied poetry to intersect with live performance and will contribute to the thickening of current research centred on the intersections of writing and dancing.



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