Risk and Flow in Contact Improvisation: pleasure, play and presence (Hewison and Urmston)

James Hewison, Elsa Urmston

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Abstract

Grounded in Csikszentmihalyi’s flow theory, the focus of this study was to examine the role of flow as a framework for optimizing the practice of risk-taking in the teaching and learning of contact improvisation in higher education, and to better enable students to take the creative, physical and psychological risks associated with that practice. A range of qualitative methodologies were employed including observation, analysis, writing, drawing and focus group discussions. Findings of this study included: establishing shared learning environments, attending to language and tone of delivery, and ensuring the development of scaffolded tasks for trust, non-judgement, optimal experience and pleasure to flourish.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)219-232
JournalJournal of Dance and Somatic Practices
Volume6
Issue number2
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 1 Dec 2014

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