Journal article

Dancing Between Whenua, Land and Matariki, Stars: On learning how not to be imperial

CM Brown

Decentering Dance Studies: Moving In New Global Orders: Joint Conference of the Congress on Research in Dance & the Society of Dance History Scholars | Published : 2013

Abstract

How might urban choreography within postcolonial cities dance with the deep rivers of story, memory and movement held in indigenous ontologies and perceptions? In acknowledging traumatic histories of place how can choreographic research create momentum for moving beyond binary categories like colonized and colonizer, victim and wrongdoer, nature and culture, and offer alternative visions of the lived past and present future? This performance demonstration engages in an oblique strategy of retrospective dialogue with recent works that explored how not to be imperial through making space speak. Two site responsive works - Tongues of Stone (Perth, Dancing City 2011) and 1000 Lovers (White Ni..

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