Some contemporary choreographers alienate audiences by presenting grossly oversimplified work or creating work so esoteric that audience members feel lost. I argue that audience members are highly capable of abstraction and analysis, and that by creating dance works with layers of information and complexity, choreographers can engage audiences in a sociable exchange of sharing and consumption. Similarly, audience members can enhance their own participation in this exchange by practicing strategies that will help them be more attentive to choreography. By defining concert dance as a conversation between the choreographer and audience and applying some of Georg Simmel’s theories of sociability, both choreographers and audience members can enhance dance’s power as a tool for expression and communication.
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 54/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Audience, Choreography, Dance, Simmel, Sociability|
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