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Movement as Translation: Dancers in Dialogue

  • Ella McCartney
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Abstract

This chapter explores the creative process of translating a series of images into a live artwork, performed by two professional dancers. The process is documented in an introduction written by the artist and a transcribed conversation between the visual artist and dancers. These provide an insight into intersemiotic translation from the perspective of the makers and performers. Including first hand experiences of those translating and performing the material, the descriptions probe the process of translation that incorporates collaboration, embodiment and improvisation.

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Acknowledgements

Thank you to Fiona Lake for her support, ideas and advice. Thank you to Ruby and Amy for their valuable contributions.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ella McCartney
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    • 2
  1. 1.Goldsmiths, University of LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Manchester Metropolitan UniversityManchesterUK

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