The role of visual documentation in supporting the emerging dancer to self-reflect: embedding graduate employability via visual literacy.
12° North Graduate Dance Company is an innovative Arts Council England funded project, and supported by regional partners maximising existing and emerging graduate opportunities. Engaging national choreographers and key practitioners, the project embeds employability, and advocates an entrepreneurial approach in both preparation for employment, and in parallel development of self-reflexive visual literacies.
Newall photographed classes, rehearsals and performances. Jaundrill-Scott then filmed the dancers’ responses to these images. This resulted an exhibition of photography and two films, Do You See What I See? (2014); and Disco(urse) (2015), all of which have been exhibited at The Lowry Theatre, Salford Quays; The Citadel, St Helens; and The University of Chester.
The exhibition examines the process of documentary dance photography becoming product in the print, and in this translation shifting from documentation of the work of art, to an independent status of being the work of art, as noted by Auslander and Phelan. In this translation, it nevertheless performs as a discourse of captured artistry, thereby making explicit and reflecting back to emerging dance practitioners their nascent identities as newly professional dance artists. Methodologies to explore this included Moustakas’s heuristic models of self-reflexive analysis, and Annette Kuhn’s ethnographic dialogue with images, to explore the insights for the dancers, as well as for the photographer and film-maker, and how these might enhance personal practice in: documentary photography; film making; and undergraduate teaching.
|Conference||Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA) Conference|
|Period||5/09/16 → 7/09/16|