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The Point of Contact

Elliott, Hilary (2016) The Point of Contact. In: Inspire Conference, 21st June 2016, University of Huddersfield. (Unpublished)

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This paper discusses an experimental approach to a three-hour ‘lecture’ in the year 2 Models and Theories of Performance Practice module of the BA (Hons) in Drama. The students were introduced to Contact Improvisation - a form of improvised movement, which emerged in America in the 1970s - through a tripartite structure of lecture, practical session and reflective, phenomenological writing. A key aim was to encourage students to experience theory and practice as inter-woven and to discover whether this movement form would be regarded as interesting for its own sake and/or transferrable in some way to the students’ parallel studies in acting and directing. The session involved a general introduction to phenomenology as the study of experience and to phenomenological writing as a mode of first-person description in which the students were encouraged to attempt to capture in words aspects of their experience of encountering and embodying Contact Improvisation for the first time.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Schools: School of Music, Humanities and Media
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Depositing User: Hilary Elliott
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2016 15:29
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2016 21:26
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/28938

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