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Presentation of the case study ”DANSResearch”

In November 2016 the result of the case study DANSResearch was presented publicly in Stockholm, Jönköping, Värnamo and Borås. It is about the artistic work challenging traditional standards, with focus on communication and disability. The core of the study was centred on the creation of a new dance piece and the process leading up to it.

The presentation by researcher Annika Notér Hooshidar (assistant professor of dance interpretation and of modern and contemporary dance at DOCH – School of Dance and Circu/ Stockholm University of the Arts) included filmed material recorded during the artistic work, as well as quotes from the dancers. Additionally to the report the dance ensemble performed their new piece “Moss A performance practice”. The audience appreciated the chance to listen to the study’s result, see the dance piece and engage in discussions with the dancers, choreographer, researcher and everyone involved in the project. Many were curious about the piece, how the work of the ensemble has been and what the dancers think about their work.

Choreographer Charlotte Darbyshire about “Moss A performance practice”:

I wanted to offer a container for the audience to directly experience the unique stories, memories, images and moving experiences of these women. The quality of engagement I have been encouraging from day one, relies on the dancers continually listening to their own experience and allowing that to be the dance.

This is what Annika Notér Hooshidar writes about the project: – I was interested in how an artistic process portrays itself and is perceived by members of the group, where a choreographer collaborates with a group of dancers with different functional variations.

The project’s intention is to increase knowledge about how dance can be communicated in an inclusive ensemble. This will hopefully contribute to the expertise within universities and in other contexts.

An artistic process is also a pedagogic process and this is the focus of the study. DANSResearch is a pilot project that could form the basis for further issues, such as:
– What standards do we as dance pedagogues/ dance teacher/ choreographers maintain?
– How can we challenge the norms of how a dancer’s body can / should look like?
– Which people and variations of ability have/ can get a place at college?”

The case study in its entirety will be available in early 2017 in Swedish language only.
Read more about the project DANSResearch.


DANSResearch is carried out with resources from Region Jönköping County (Culture and Development/Dance), ShareMusic & Performing Arts and DOCH – School of Dance and Circus, with support of Swedish Inheritance Fund, Nämnden för konstnärlig forskning, Region Jönköping County and Swedish Arts Council.

Presentation of the case study ”DANSResearch”