From Stage to Page: Introducing Me

  • Mark Edward


In this chapter, I set out my personal subjective position as a dance maker and the professional reasons which led to my corpus of work around ageing performers. With a focus on how ageing is understood, experienced and reflected upon I explore a personal context into the subjectivity of dancing identity, embodiment, transformation of the bodily agent and an archiving of the body. The chapter sets out the main themes which are discussed in the book: How do mature artists explore age(ing) and embodiment as a cultural and social construct through my practice? Can performers engage with reflective methodologies when creating performance and how is this documented? How do dancing performers’ bodies negotiate and renegotiate age(ing) in performance?


Artist Performer Self Contemporary dance Research Ageing 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark Edward
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Performing ArtsEdge Hill UniversityOrmskirkUK

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