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Scenographing Sound in the Dance Archive: Affective atmospheres and transformative materialities

Conference contribution
Authors Astrid von Rosen
Published in Association for Art History’s Annual Conference. 5 – 7 April 2018, London
Publication year 2018
Published at Department of Cultural Sciences
Language en
Keywords Expanded scenography, dance archive, the dance group Rubicon, audial context
Subject categories Art History, Performing Art Studies, Performing Arts

Abstract

The paper explores the critical potential of an audial approach to dance archives, records and archiving in a digital age. More specifically the paper looks into the ways in which sound forms part of scenography as a site of relational, affective and material experience in visual and multimodal records (including the body as archive) after the Swedish independent dance group Rubicon. In the 1980’s the group – led by three female choreographers – performed outdoors in public space, an activity that had a lasting impact on the local dance scene but has paradoxically not been subject to any in-depth academic research. By engaging affective atmospheres and transformative materialities the exploration highlights how audial resources create and shape dance interventions into public space. The paper leaves behind static conceptualizations of the dance archive to offer the reader clear arguments for an audial approach as a key method for critical analysis of visual and multimodal performance records.

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