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Exercise: Les Noces translation as a mode of performative postproduction and the historical dialogue between dance and visual art

Koukoli, E. (2019). Exercise: Les Noces translation as a mode of performative postproduction and the historical dialogue between dance and visual art. (Unpublished Doctoral thesis, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance)

Abstract

This research proposes ‘translation,’ as opposed to other appropriating strategies, as a theory and practice which invites the possibility of performative postproduction throughout the making, performing and attending of dance. Translation theory is proposed as a model for reading dance works as well as a choreographing tool for making postproduction works which use historical citation and/ or are hybrid choreographic projects between forms and mediums. In this thesis, translation theory is used to discuss Bronislava Nijinska’s Les Noces (1923) as a modernist choreographic work which renews notions of dance and movement through consideration of the project of the Russian avant-garde. Subsequently, translation theory forms the choreographic method through which I am able to translate Les Noces into Exercise: Les Noces (2017). Exercise: Les Noces is not just a historical project, and thus, it is not a reconstruction, revival or reworking of the original ballet. Exercise: Les Noces is not a gallery installation either which adapts a ballet work to a visual art platform. This thesis proposes Exercise: Les Noces as a ‘choreographic site’; as the site where different authorial voices, different temporalities, different mediums and texts are invited to co-exist in the tension between two extremes: their total presence and total absence and as such to negotiate and possibly change their form and meaning. Thus, translation is proposed as a transhistorical and interdisciplinary choreographic theory, method and practice which works towards the expansion of the mediums involved with a view to engaging them in a new cultural and historical milieu.

Publication Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Departments: Doctoral Theses
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2020 15:08
URI: https://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/25140
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