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Southern Oceanic Choreographic Practices
  • ISSN: 2040-5669
  • E-ISSN: 2040-5677


This article is based on a movement practice concerned with the study of objects that are owned, inherited, passed on or lost. Through a choreographic lens, it looks at objects that speak to a cultural and colonial heritage, embodying critical questions of our attachment to ‘belongings’, to ‘belonging’ and to place. How do these objects sit within our bodies? Do they affect the way we carry our physical selves? What are the histories that we inherit together with things? And what of ourselves do we transfer onto the things that surround us. This paper maps a particular choreographic process between 2020 and 2022 passing through the period of the pandemic to look at the role of a movement practice in this transmission.


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Keyword(s): belongings; body; embodiment; inheritance; legacy; objects; practice; things
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