Re-Imagining Laban

Tradition, extinction, invention. Re-staging as creative contemporary practice

Authored by: Alison Curtis-Jones

The Routledge Companion to Dance Studies

Print publication date:  November  2019
Online publication date:  October  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138234581
eBook ISBN: 9781315306551
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This chapter discusses re-staging as creative practice, exploring artistic and pedagogical issues in re-staging Curtis-Jones’ re-imagined work “Drumstick” for performances with dancers in training. Curtis-Jones’ contemporary choreological practice is discussed as a method for dance training and to re-imagine Rudolf Laban’s “lost” choreography “Dancing Drumstick” (1913). The chapter discusses issues around the relevance of re-staging past works for today’s dancers and focuses on two different performance environments, each providing a unique challenge. The chapter illustrates that when dancers learn to embody “Drumstick” for performance, the re-staging process allows the work to evolve. Through understanding the cultural context of the work, the choreographer, and the processes used to re-imagine “Drumstick,” dancers become living archives of the work itself.

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