Performing arts activism for addressing climate change: Conceptualizing an intercultural choreographic practice and dance performance called Melting Ice

Burnard, Pamela and Cook, Peter J. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2942-1568 and Jasilek, Susanne and Bauer-Nilsen, Birgitte (2018) Performing arts activism for addressing climate change: Conceptualizing an intercultural choreographic practice and dance performance called Melting Ice. Choreographic Practices, 9 (1). pp. 119-144. ISSN 2040-5669


Abstract

In this article we argue that the power and politics of the arts is a way of raising awareness and responding to the globally shared problem of climate change. We illustrate how climate change is integral to a choreographic practice that inheres in: the performing body, which moves while it thinks, feels while it imagines and senses as it understands; and the intercultural dance performance Melting Ice. At the core of this article is a view of epistemology that is embodied, artistic, practical, reflectively dynamic and adaptive to the conditions in which knowledge is created, such as our journeying into Melting Ice. This choreographic practice and performance explores the radical harmony or solubility of the body in all that we do not call the body. The impact of this practice manifested itself primarily when looking back at how the dancers were learning, becoming and being icebergs, and in the act of labelling the choreographic practice of dance-making, the process gives rise to activism.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: No Faculty
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: No Faculty
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2022 23:17
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2022 04:08
Uncontrolled Keywords: Arts activism; Climate change; Environment; Intercultural choreographic practice; Melting icebergs; Performance
Fields of Research (2020): 36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3604 Performing arts > 360402 Dance and dance studies
41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4101 Climate change impacts and adaptation > 410199 Climate change impacts and adaptation not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1301 Arts > 130104 The performing arts
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1386/chor.9.1.119_1
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/47485

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