“Transcultural Body”/ Transformation of Conceptions_DANCE and EDUCATION

Rediscovering the subconscious and the subjectivity of the body by looking at the crossing of cultures that led to the objectification and new consciousness for the dancer. ‘The process in which a new reality emerges, compound and complex; a reality that is not simply a mechanical conglomeration of characteristics, nor a mosaic, but rather a new phenomenon, original and independent.’ (Malinowski 1991, 658)

This study is part of the Master of Arts (KMA) Contemporary Stage Dance Branch of Study Movement Research, completed with First Class Honours in June 2015 at Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität in Linz, Austria.

Segunda Práctica TB_2All of the information provided is the product of reflections and observations made throughout 2013, 2014 and 2015, during which I had the opportunity to share and experience my choreographic and pedagogical concerns, with dancers and professionals from the sector.

Working with dancers from Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität, along with dancers from Spanish schools and dance centres, helped me to realise my new path in dance. This path is related with the different processes of learning and teaching, artistic creation and definition, and therefore led to this study into the Transcultural Body and the Transcultural Learning Path.

Segunda Práctica TB_4My intention is to spread the Transcultural Learning Path to all educational backgrounds, in an attempt to put out my artistic vision in society.

Currently, the main objective of this new-born study is to deliver its content through workshops, seminars and exhibitions in different dance and arts universities, Intermediate and Advanced Centres, Dance Schools, Secondary Schools and cultural centres, etc.

Segunda Práctica TB_6In this project, knowledge is conceived as the responsibility of us all and coming together to try to generate a different form of discourse, in the educational process; thus, offering a vast range of perspectives of our understanding of dance, its culture and education. Therefore, revealing new perspectives of the Transcultural Body and the Transcultural Learning Path.

 

TRANSCULTURAL BODY EXPERIENCES:

“….This project it made me feel stronger as a dancer and as a person. Dolma showed me that there are many different ways to understand our body if you really want to see them…” Jerca Roznik Novak 22 years old, Slovenia, Dancer.

“…I rediscovered things that I had forgotten, this was helping me in contemporary dance…. I felt the joy in moving my body in different ways…I think it also gave each of us a bit of self-confidence in our individual way of understanding the body… gave me back the energy that I needed at that time…” Sonsoles Alonso 23 years old, Spain, Dancer.

“…Hay que dejar de tener un lenguaje para pasar a crear un nuevo código con el que comunicar…oportunidad para poder evolucionar mi cuerpo, junto a mi mente y mi cámara, trabajar mi cerebro sín muros…” Claudia Ripoll 26 years old, Spain, Dancer and Photographer.

“…I find your idea very enriching for all the people, dancers and artists..I learned something new related to dance styles and exchange knowledge…I discovered different types of women that I have inside… I also realized what I would like to do in future… “ Veronica Cimborova 22 years old, Slovakia, Dancer.

“…Cuando mencione que tu metodología podría dar pauta para seguir investigando hablaba por mí, porque de verdad me interesa seguir aprendiendo y aportando en la danza mi raíz dancística que es la danza folklórica mexicana… a pesar de que no hay una formación en técnica como en otras danzas, me gustaría hacer algo parecido a lo que nos compartiste, el volvernos conscientes de cada parte de nuestro cuerpo y sobre todo de nuestros pies ya que siempre estamos enfocados en que el zapateado sea preciso y suene más que al que tengo al lado. También crear esa atmósfera de solidaridad y unidad que no solamente en la danza falta, también en la vida diaria; que dejen de sonar las palabras de mi hermana que exclaman que el bailarín siempre vive en una nube de egocentrismo que de ahí no pasa, no comparte, no avanza y me hace pensar que podría ser una de tantas razones del por qué no se han creado nuevas técnicas en pleno siglo XXI…” Cinthya Baiso 22 years old, Mexico, Dancer. 

TRANSCULTURAL BODY DANCE RESEARCH

ISBN: 978-3-330-50583-4