Asked 9th Oct, 2019

What does our inner narrative reveal about dance movement and culture?

Do our inner narratives influence movement? If so, would movement then influence the narrative as well? What do our inner narratives reveal about culture and the world of movement around us?
Can the process of dance-making be described in ways that have utility beyond the personal narrative?
I am currently researching the role of the narrative in dancers and would be interested in resources as well!
Many thanks.

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15th Jan, 2020
D A Gayan Nayanajith
University of Kelaniya
In order to answer hope following article will assist...
White, M. R. (2018). Narrative Shifts: Race, Culture, and the Production of Screendance. The International Journal of Screendance, 9.
Habibi, S. J., & Kalkhajeh, S. G. (2016). Self-Making Narrative in Ian McEwan’s Enduring Love. MCSLL, 1(1).
Featherstone, M. (2010). Body, image and affect in consumer culture. Body & society, 16(1), 193-221.

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9th Oct, 2019
El-Sayed El-Aswad
This is a very important question. The relationship between private and public zones is understudied and needs focus from scholars. Inner narratives, when revealed to public or to researchers, are significant keys to understanding the dominant culture(s). See what did American women do through "Me Too" movement. It revealed serious issues that were not discussed in public a decade ago. Now, women in different societies (cultures) in different places have started to narrate their inner narratives about harassment and sexual misconduct.
For the issue of dancers' narratives, you might read documents, interviews and published material (books/magazines) revealing their experiences. For fieldwork (ethnographic) study, you could apply "life-history" method to discuss narratives of selected dancers. I'll be happy to continue my discussion about inner narratives of Egyptian dancers later when time permits.
13th Oct, 2019
Flourish Itulua-Abumere
Government of Canada
Do our inner narratives influence movement? YES. The inner narratives are the most influential factors in communication. Our inner narratives certainly reveals our culture and the world of movement around us. Our body tells a story, the body communicate indirectly and it speaks on our dressing, food, lifestyle as a whole. It tells what we are currently thinking and feeling. All this can be expressed in a dance or in a play.
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here is an article i read recently though my interest in dance, the dancer/performance and subject matter in the artilce-outside academia. i will be glad to help you perform a literature review as i am sure there are many resources out there.
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18th Oct, 2019
Jaime De la Calle
National Distance Education University
Hello; This reading may be interesting. Regards
21st Oct, 2019
Polo Guerrero Barros
Universidad UTE
What does our internal narrative reveal about the movement and culture of dance? I am not a specialist in arts or dance, but I will try to answer from the field of communication. I think that dance is a ritual mechanism that allows expressing identity through nonverbal language at a specific time and space. Do our internal narratives influence the movement? Yes. Our internal narratives are the result of a cultural learning that determines our movements, rhythms, cadences, and expressions of the body in space, to tell, indicate or teach something. If so, would the movement influence the narrative as well? It's possible. If new movements are incorporated into the preexisting patterns, they require new learning of the movement, which transforms the previous forms of narration, especially if they are unconventional movements or from very different cultures. I think it must be understood that in order to incorporate new movements, it is necessary to know for what. What do our internal narratives reveal about the culture and world of the movement around us? The sacred and the profane, the official and the popular, the acceptable and the transgressive. They also reveal social and moral determination about the body. Can you describe the process of doing dances so that they have utility beyond personal narrative? Yes. Dance has developed technical processes for its learning and practice, over personal narratives. It can help develop certain sensitive areas through dance.
The Theory of Dual Morality suggests that within each of us are two distinct moral patterns that shape all action, including responses to music and dance.
One one side our dances can be self-determined and eclectic. We can flail about and do whatever makes us happy. There are no right or wrong dance steps
On the other side our dances are choreographed. There are right moves and wrong moves.
We can decide what is proper dance .... or others can have decided before us and it is our duty to conform.
no- not at all --that is not what choreographed dance is-bad interpretation to say, "others can have decided before us and it is our duty to conform." so dance is only proper when we "...flail about and do whatever makes us happy ?" chorographed dance whether ballet, jazz, modern, etc is an art form , created by the arist-choreographer and yes with right moves that she/he has developed and wrong moves if they are not the choreogrpaher's. when i perfotm a choreographed dance i am most definitly NOT conformng.
13th Nov, 2019
Veronica Rosero
Central University of Ecuador
I recommend you to search for bibliography related to "Site-specific dance and performance works". Trisha Brown, for example, is a reference in the field.

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