Dance on screen

Roichman, Limor (2001) Dance on screen. PhD thesis, Middlesex University.

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Abstract

This thesis explores dance on screen from the artist's point of view following the making of the video GAIA - Mysterious Rhythms (20 min,Digital Betacam). The video and the thesis together form the PhD submission. The interaction of practice and theory, through a process of creative work, analysis and reflection resulted in the structuring of a model with which I claim the autonomy of dance on screen as a hybrid
art form, a form which like other creative forms, such as painting, sculpture or even dance, has its own particular aesthetic qualities and limits.

This thesis proposes that dance as a live form ceases to exist in the process of its recreation as a screen form. The argument about dance on screen is based not within the context of contemporary live dance, but within the contexts of film/video, screen choreography and performance, including 'performative' texts and art as performance engaging both artists and viewers.

To locate dance on screen in a contemporary framework, I refer to central developments issuing from the television series Dance for the Camera produced by BBC2 & the Arts Council and the IMZ/Dance Screen international festivals. I approach choreography in screen terms thereby referring to the expression of movement in the broader sense, including performance, body language, the motion of objects and natural
events, and rhythms and movements created via film/video technology. The moving body on screen is also utilised for the expression of mythical journeys as in Gaia.

Overall, this thesis demonstrates that dance on screen, originating from the contexts of modem and post-modem art and culture, constitutes a unique art form and phenomenon reflecting current concerns with the notions of hybridity and performance.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Research Areas: B. > Theses
Item ID: 13447
Depositing User: Adam Miller
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2015 16:23
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2019 06:21
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/13447

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