Dancing as research translation

Year: 2021

Author: Cook, Peter

Type of paper: Symposium

This paper explores the challenges and joys of integrating movement into a performed ‘verbatim’ research work. As I experienced several read throughs of the script, I found myself ambling around the hotel room, our rehearsal space. I knew I was welcomed by my colleagues but it was difficult trying to find in-roads that would contribute effectively. As I became more familiar with the script and the processes the other performer-researchers had previously shared, I understood the need for movement to punctuate, accentuate and extend the work. Inserting movement also helps translate the performance work to a dance audience, not a research or academic audience, but one used to understanding an experimental dance salon style of experience. The result was rich for the audience and the performed research work both.