4 The Death Of The Dancer

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  • 4 The Death Of The Dancer

    1. 1. The Death of the Dancer. About the dancer/choreographer’s authorship in contemporary dance.
    2. 2. • Roland Barthes, Structuralism and Post- structuralism • “The Death of the Author” (essay by Roland Barthes) • “Xavier Le Roy” (performance by Jerôme Bèl) • Theoretical Task
    3. 3. • author • scriptor
    4. 4. A text is a coherent set of symbols that transmits some kind of informative message.
    5. 5. The word choreography literally means "dance-writing" from the Greek words "χορεία" (circular dance, “chorea”) and "γραφή" (“writing”). Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Choreography (Retrieved 14/02/2010)
    6. 6. structuralism: there are unobservable structures within a system that generate observable phenomena
    7. 7. Basically, many who began by stating that texts could be interpreted based solely on the cultural and social circumstances of the author came to believe that the reader's culture and society shared an equal part in the interpretation of a piece. If the reader sees it in one way, how do we know that that is the way the author intended? We don't. [...] the interpretation and criticism of any literature is in the hands of the individual reader and will necessarily include that reader's own cultural biases and assumptions. While many structuralists first thought that they could tease out an author's intention by close scrutiny, they soon found so many disconnections, that it was obvious that their own experiences lent a view that was unique to them. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Post-structuralism (Retrieved 14/02/2010)
    8. 8. Search for analogies: • “text” = “dance performance”, “art work” • “author” = “choreographer”, “dancer”, “artist” • “reader” = “audience”, “spectator” • “writing” = “choreographing”, “dancing”, “creating”
    9. 9. "[The poem] is detached from the author at birth and goes about the world beyond his power to intend about it or control it. The poem belongs to the public.” Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_the_Author (Retrieved 14/02/2010)
    10. 10. Jerôme Bèl
    11. 11. “I consider that the audience are the co-producers of my pieces. Without them there is no show! “ (Jerôme Bèl)
    12. 12. Jerôme Bèl: “Xavier Le Roy” http://www.catalogueraisonne-jeromebel.com/player.php?ep=5
    13. 13. • To X: Who would you entrust with the task to create a performance in your style called “Y”? • To Y: If X was the author of your piece called “Y” what would it look like and how would you go about making it in order to follow X’s style? • Key: X = author, Y = scriptor and performance title
    14. 14. Titles: • “Thom Bodle” • “Katie Cheetham” • “Amy Clark” • “Rebecca Hollis” • “Chantelle Hutson” • “Rebecca Jeffs” • “Rachael Jennings” • “Nikki McLusky” • “Hannah Rycraft” • “Sarah Vaughan-Jones” • “Jade Whitehead”
    15. 15. 1. Which (type of) dancers would you use? 2. What would the subject of your piece be, considering that it was a continuation of X’s last piece? 3. Which methods would you employ in order to create it? 4. What would the piece look like regarding e.g. light, costumes, stage design/set, visuals, movement qualities etc.? 5. What would the audience feel or think whilst watching the performance? 6. If you were the author of this performance how would it be different or similar?

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