The role of visual storytelling in the training of emerging dance artists: engaging with filmed discourse through open landscapes

Karen Jaundrill-Scott

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    As part of the 12 Degrees North Dance Company Programme, funded by Arts Council England, I mentored and filmed five emerging artists over the period of a year,as they were tasked with producing an independent art work. Through a process of self-reflexivity and emotion analysis, we were able to embark on a journey of rediscovery and re-evaluation together. During the research process I created the film Disco(urse) (2015) which has since been exhibited at Auckland University, New Zealand; The Lowry Theatre, Salford Quays; Edge Hill University, Lancashire; Bristol University, The University of Chester and Salford University, UK. I filmed the artists individually in a range of distracting countryside landscapes discussing their training and approaches as independent practitioners. By adopting fast tempo discursive systems within the filming I was able to nurture a driven awareness of self-affirmation and encourage an improvised dialogue about a range of recognised practices under challenging conditions of wind and flora. According to Messaris (1994), engaging in a discourse supported by visual literacy, can enhance understanding and conceptualise alertness, interpretation and appreciation. In applying this method, I was able to guide the group in a series of reflective milestones that highlighted their working identity as artists within a ‘real world’ perspective. This work examines the effectiveness of filmed discourse and the impact on the subjects as a historical record of ‘being’. Training may not always happen in a conventional manner nor be delivered by experienced artists: it can often be located in the different states of consciousness, and my own experiences during this project were unknowingly presented to me by a group of emerging artists and a camera crew. Internalisation of the training is individualised over a period of time by the artists, or indeed the time period in which they choose to utilise it.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusAccepted/In press - 7 Mar 2018
    Event4th International congress on Visual Culture - Pontificia Univerista della Santa Croce, Rome, Italy
    Duration: 28 May 201829 May 2018


    Conference4th International congress on Visual Culture


    • Discourse
    • distraction
    • landscapes
    • visual literacy
    • documentary
    • film


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