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Volume 7, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 1757-1871
  • E-ISSN: 1757-188X



This article discusses the question of bodily change in a research-based dance practice. The research was led by my admiration for certain dancers and their particular qualities of dancing, and my desire to bring other ways of moving into my body when I dance. Whilst anatomy forms the basis for conceptualizing processes of change, sensations are also the tools for and the subject of investigation as well as being evidence of or in research. Thus, I introduce the concept of ‘dancer’s anatomy’, my term for the combination of sensation, imagination and anatomical knowledge through which I consciously work on my dancing. In addition, a piece of choreography called Thematic, by Russell Dumas, together with my understanding of his practice, acts as a further research element that could be thought of as a kind of ‘control’ in the study. The research design called for repetition of this phrase over a two-year period such that the changes that were occurring in the body could be seen as those that occurred as a result of the dancing processes, and not as changes in the ‘choreography’. The article also documents how anatomy, dance movement and sensation mutually transform each other.


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