Using Collaborative Processes and Touch-Based Partnering to Formulate Concept and Choreography for a Screendance
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Lila A. Reid Master of Fine Arts Department of Dance June 2018 Title: Using Collaborative Processes and Touch-Based Partnering to Formulate Concept and Choreography for a Screendance The research in this study uses collaborative methodology, touch-based partnering, and screendance. The facilitator and two dancers aimed to understand how touch-based partnering and collaborative process curates movement material for the creation of screendance. The dancers and facilitator engaged in orienting movement workshops by studying three partnering idioms: Contact Improvisation, Country Swing, and Cha Cha. They later employed a methodology for collaborative choreography and ultimately filmed movement material in four filming shoots with reflective rehearsals interspersed. The facilitator independently created the screendance, Petrichor, from the footage. The film was premiered at a presentation event on January 19, 2018, where the dancers and facilitator also conducted a lecture-demonstration and talk-back with the audience. Reflections on the study resulted in new understandings about extended applications in touch-based partnering, collaborative methodologies, and the medium of screendance for dance educators and artists. The screendance, Petrichor, can be viewed as a supplemental file.