Practice-as-research

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Midgelow, V. 2019. Practice-as-research. in: Dodds, S. (ed.) The Bloomsbury Companion to Dance Studies Bloomsbury. pp. 111-144
Chapter titlePractice-as-research
AuthorsMidgelow, V.
Abstract

I begin by offering a brief overview of the methodological concerns of PaR, locating it within both established and emergent research paradigms. I then go on to suggest that we need to understand the entanglement of PaR with epistemologies that are crucially embodied, emphasizing the significance of motility and materalities in PaR. Here, experiential and embodied knowing is brought into focus through anthropologist Tim Ingold’s (2011: 17) notion of ‘materials-in-motion’, encompassing the work of the feet, as well as the hands and the head. Through these ideas I foreground the significance of expert skill in PaR, an area that has to date received little attention. PaR is elaborated here as a form of enskilled, in-process research. I note that, in its embracing of subjectivity and intuition, PaR is sometimes messy, but always reflective and reflexive, in its methods. In the final section I offer a framework for PaR enquiries and discuss the often multi-modal and multi-voiced outcomes of choreographic PaR to propose that the artistic researcher, via purposeful strategies of emplacement, position their epistemic materials for diverse publics.

Research GroupDance group
Page range111-144
Book titleThe Bloomsbury Companion to Dance Studies
EditorsDodds, S.
PublisherBloomsbury
SeriesBloomsbury Companions
ISBN
Hardcover9781350024465
Electronic9781350024472
Electronic9781350024489
Electronic9781350024496
Paperback9781350191334
Publication dates
Print21 Mar 2019
Online26 Jul 2019
Publication process dates
Deposited25 Sep 2018
AcceptedJul 2018
Output statusPublished
Additional information

Hardback Published: 21-03-2019
Paperback Published: 12-11-2020

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.5040/9781350024489.ch-004
LanguageEnglish
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