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‘Let the freak-fly fly’: Somatic approaches to undoing traditional power dynamics in dance-making

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Miguel Gutierrez, Stephanie Skura and The Architects serve as case studies of dance artists whose somatically informed performance work and creative practices purposefully redistribute power in their creative and dance-making processes. This article analyses their practices in order to consider how they privilege dancers’ somatic intelligences and grant dancers authority in creative decision-making. Dancers who practice with Gutierrez, Skura and The Architects rehearse distinct modes of creative authority, which I discus in terms of vital participation, radical permission and contemplative self-government. Such practices can create emancipatory effects for the dancers as social subjects, and reverberate in the sociopolitical world.
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Keywords: Miguel Gutierrez; Stephanie Skura; The Architects; artistic practice; experiential aesthetics; somatics

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of New Mexico

Publication date: 01 June 2017

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  • This journal focuses on the relationship between dance and somatic practices, and the influence of this body of practice on the wider performing arts. The journal will be aimed at scholars and artists, providing a space for practitioners and theorists to debate the work, to consider the impact and influence of the work on performance, the interventions that somatic practices can have on other disciplines and the implications for research and teaching.
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