Writing the aerial dancing body : a preliminary choreological investigation of the aesthetics and kinetics of the aerial dancing body

Acker, Shaun Albert (2011) Writing the aerial dancing body : a preliminary choreological investigation of the aesthetics and kinetics of the aerial dancing body. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.

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Abstract

This mini-thesis investigates some of the nineteenth century socio-cultural ideals that have structured a connection between virtuosic aerial skill and bodily aesthetics. It views the emergence of a style of aerial kineticism that is structured from the gender ideologies of the period. It investigates the continual recurrence of this nineteenth century style amongst contemporary aerial dance works and outlines the possible frictions between this Victorian style of kineticism and contemporary aerial explorations. From this observation, a possible catalyst may be observed with which to relocate and inspire a study of aerial kinetics sans the nineteenth century aesthetic component. This kinesiological catalyst may be viewed in conjunction with the theories of ground-based kinetic theorist, Rudolph Laban’s choreutic study of the body in space. Thus, it may be possible to suggest and introduce a possible practical dance scholarship for aerial dance. This mini-thesis includes an introductory choreological investigation that draws on and integrates the disciplines of kinesiology; choreutic theory; existing aerial kinetic technique; musicology; and the physical sciences.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Dance, Aerialists, Aesthetics of movement, Feminine beauty, Movement notation
Subjects:N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Humanities > Drama
ID Code:2146
Deposited By: Ms Chantel Clack
Deposited On:01 Nov 2011 09:35
Last Modified:06 Jan 2012 16:22
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