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Dancing in the Dark : creating new opportunities in dance by moving the emphasis away from the visual

Pai, Chetana (2021) Dancing in the Dark : creating new opportunities in dance by moving the emphasis away from the visual.

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Abstract:This thesis presents the design and testing of a system that moves the emphasis from the visual aspect of dance to the breathing of a dancer through music. Through this, we have explored the impact that this has on professional contemporary dancers, in a pair improvisational setting. The system was developed and designed by building on existing related work and multiple rounds of formative testing. 8 dancers participated in the testing and 4 dancers participated in the final evaluation. Through the formative testing, a multi-round experiment was designed to provide the dancers with the desired experience. After the final experiments, the participants were interviewed and the results were analysed via the thematic analysis method. This analysis showed that the system was successful in its mission to create a focus shift from visual to internal. In addition, it was seen that there was a positive impact on the participants who appreciated the aid with focusing inwards on breathing, the space for creative exploration, the lack of judgement, and the possibility of an intimate but distanced connection with their partners, even without being able to see them. The experiment confirmed the strong emphasis that is currently placed on the visual aspect of dance and the creative and experiential potential that exists when this is shifted to allow for other forms of non-visual creation and engagement using the body.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:02 science and culture in general, 08 philosophy, 21 art forms
Programme:Interaction Technology MSc (60030)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/88199
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