Seeing beyond the visible: a choreography of breath and touch

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Woodhouse, A. and Broadhead, C. 2021. Seeing beyond the visible: a choreography of breath and touch. Platform: Journal of Theatre and Performing Arts. 15 (1), pp. 124-135.
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TitleSeeing beyond the visible: a choreography of breath and touch
AuthorsWoodhouse, A. and Broadhead, C.
Abstract

This visual essay seeks to explore the themes and process of making of Thermal Duets (2019), a collaborative work between ourselves and performed by Martina Conti and Alice Labant. It comprises a series of five short video pieces using thermal imaging technology. Each video is separately titled (Shed, Shroud, Exchange, spread, Stroke) and offers a different notion of trace, either of breath or touch to amplify the residue and effect of body heat. Intrinsic is the tension and release as it exists here between the technology and the sensorial, between our understanding of our embodied selves and of that which the technology makes visible. Through careful design the work straddles scientific demonstration with an emotional resonance of one individual to another. This tension then between what is seen (separated from us) and what is felt (enmeshed within us) underlines the sense of tension and release for the viewer.

KeywordsScreen Dance; thermal; embodied; art; dance; collaboration
Sustainable Development Goals12 Responsible consumption and production
Middlesex University ThemeCreativity, Culture & Enterprise
Research GroupDance group
PublisherRoyal Holloway, University of London
JournalPlatform: Journal of Theatre and Performing Arts
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Electronic1751-0171
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Print29 Oct 2021
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Deposited06 Mar 2024
Output statusPublished
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