Thesis / Dissertation

Trance-Forming Dance: the practice of trance from traditional communities to contemporary dance

Ding Chai Yap, Elizabeth Presa (ed.)

Published : 2021


This PhD thesis presents the work and research of a practice-led investigation into trance and its application to the performative arts – in particular, dance aesthetics. While the project is the culmination of my performative practice over the past three decades, the intention has been to look at traditional trance practices, particularly in the South East Asia region, to answer the overarching question: How can trance be translated from its original traditional cultural context for practical application to a contemporary dance context? In this way, the research intersects three main investigations: i) Asian traditional trance practices; ii) Western and non-Western contemporary ideas and..

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