Embodied knowledge: training & performance practice [Asian Performance Conference, Lincoln, UK, 2016]

Madhavan, Arya and Nair, Sreenath (2016) Embodied knowledge: training & performance practice [Asian Performance Conference, Lincoln, UK, 2016]. [Event, Show or Exhibition]

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The aim of the conference is to explore the terrain of embodied knowledge of Asian
performance, specifically the ways in which distinctively different concepts and
methods of practice inform and shape the idea of 'performance' as a critical
paradigm. It is also the focus of the conference to reexamine and reevaluate the
ways in which the embodied knowledge of Asian performance informs the
development of intercultural theory, training methods and production practices for the
last many decades.
Asian performance offers a rich vocabulary of concepts and methodologies of
practices enabling a complex and multilayered psychophysical ‘process’ in which the
‘technique’ becomes the ‘knowledge’ of the body. ‘Technique’ gains the status of
‘knowledge’ in Asian performance. The body becomes an instrument in the hand of
its user and the performance knowledge is transmitted through the practical mastery
of the practice of the body. The technique shapes and defines the form of practice
and this practice, in turn, is embedded in the techniques of the body. The knowledge
of the body is evoked and delivered in performance through a series of gestures,
movements, utterances, physical modulations and voice. The performer uses a
series of motion trajectories and mental manoeuvres in this process. What is this
‘process’ of technique becoming the knowledge of the flesh and what are the
psychophysical dynamics involved in this ‘process’? What do we learn from Asian
performance about this embodied knowledge in performance practice and how do
we understand and theorise this ‘process’ of the sensuous scholarship of the body
across different spatialities and temporalities? Training methods in Asian theatre
insist upon relentless repetitions to stabilise the learning of specific bodily
techniques. The body remembers and repeats all the limb movements and their
numbers mechanically while taking the body out of its restrictive principles of
practice. Similarly, Asian performance traditions offer a dynamic body relationship
and alternative performance modes that are syncretic and multi-generic, integrating
dance, music, text, decorative and symbolic colour coding and much more. This is
the wider context in which the convenors of this conference invite proposals for
papers, workshops, lecture demonstrations or poster presentations on the topics
including, but not limited to, these:
• Choreography and movement;
• Training: Concepts, methods, pedagogy and artistic practices;
• Psychophysical processes: technique, repetition and physical transformation;
• Eclecticism, fusion and the problems of Intercultural paradigm;
• The future of intercultural exchange in the contemporary Asian/Western/ cyber
cultural settings;
• Politics of colour, race and ethnicity;
• Knowing through the body/thinking through the body;
• Women in Asian theatre: Gender, sexual and trance-gender identities;
• The body: techniques, terminologies and practices;
• Ritual and play.

Keywords:Asian Theatre, Embodied Knowledge
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W440 Theatre studies
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts (Performing Arts)
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Deposited On:01 Mar 2017 13:13

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