Questions for Initial Discussions with Artists
(NB The questions were adapted in relation to each individual artist but acted as a guide to the structure of the discussions and subjects to be covered)
[I have been looking at the .... you sent me and ...]
...I would be interested to know what you think has had most influence on the performance material you are currently (have recently been) working on?
(If not clear from above) What dance/performance traditions are you drawing on in this current work ...why?
Tell me [more] about how you have approached making this current work?
Would you say your own physical make up inspires and/or constrains what you create for yourself to perform?
If yes ....
Do you think audiences make assumptions about you in relation to your physical presence?
If yes ...
What assumptions? Why?
How does this affect what you create for yourself to perform?
Do you think the way you move relates to any personal attitudes to life, outlook or beliefs?
If yes ...For example?...
How would you account for this ..For e.g. Is it something you have striven for consciously?
Is this still the case in stillness?
Do you think audience members are aware of this?
Thinking of the different processes of creating, rehearsing and performing solo movement can you describe how you are aware of your movement?
Are there differences in each process of creating, rehearsing and performing?
Is it important to you to have a sense of yourself from the audience’s point of view?
How are you aware of this?
From your experiences as both performer and audience how would you describe what is happening between performer and audience when a performance ‘works’?
Summary of Key Contacts
Contacts with Key Artists
Discussion 25 April 2003 at
further informal follow up discussions including visit to see
discussion and observation of work on video
of groupwork in performance at
discussion and review of text
Examples of work seen in performance prior to interview
discussion and observation of work on video
discussions 17 and
review of text
Examples of work seen live prior to discussion
Observed in performances at The Place and Clore in 2005 and 2006
informal discussions at visits to performances by
Final review of text by email
Contacts with Artists Participating in Initial Discussions Only
Examples of work (live and on video) seen prior to discussion. Discussion linked to
watching video of rehearsal for recent work
Follow Up: Emailed text.
review of text and further discussion
Examples of work seen in performance prior to discussion, plus participation in classes
of Touch Un-Sited at
meeting to review text
Examples of Choreography seen prior to discussion
Emailed text leading to informal discussion January 2005
of performance of Shift
text further by email and final discussion
Participation in Formal Discussions
‘Talking About Dance’
Karen Foster, Darryl Jaffrey, Jacky Lansley,
Lab’ Independent Dance
Discussion regarding improviation
Discussion regarding problems of globalism and cross culturalism as part of Dance Theatre Journal conference ‘Writing on Performance’
Further Discussions/ Sessions Observed
‘British Hip Hop’ ADAD Discussion chaired by Donald Hutera with Robert Hylton, Kwesi Johnson, and Banksy
‘Finding A Voice’ with Nahid Sadiqui
Dance 21 and
Observation KJ Holmes workshop plus informal discussion with KJ and some workshop participants
Research Participant Consent Form
The form was signed by each participating artist. It should be noted that there was a change of supervision after the forms were signed as initial discussions took place early in the research. Those artists continuing to participate later in the research process were informed verbally about the change. Three artists later decided not to remain anonymous
RESEARCH DEGREES COMMITTEE
RESEARCH PARTICIPANT CONSENT FORM
Title and brief description of Research Project:
An investigation into ‘embodiment’ informing an exploration of the relationship between everyday perceptions of people’s physical presence and actions and interpretations of performances by Independent Dance and Performance Artists working in Contemporary London.
Name and Status of Investigator:
D. Jane Carr Research Student
I agree to take part in this research, and am aware that I am free to withdraw at any point. I understand that the information I provide will be treated in confidence and that my identity will be protected, as far as possible, in the publication of any findings.
Prior to publication I will be able to see what has been written in relation to my involvement in the research.
Please note: if you have a concern about any aspect of your participation, please raise this with the investigator, or with the Head of School or Arts, Professor Allen Fisher.
To confirm my status as a research student you are
welcome to contact my supervisors,