Dancing With a Bullet: Moving into Memory with Music

Vahri Mckenzie

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This research investigates fifteen Australian choreographers who participated in Natalie Cursio’s With a Bullet: The Album Project (WAB), a dance project that foregrounds cognitive and phenomenological processes of human memory in its design. Cursio’s curatorial framework imposed three elements: each choreographer recalled and employed the first song to which they ever ‘made up a dance’; reframed it with the set of skills they had acquired as professionals in composing dance and presenting performance; and imbued the method of making a routine with a contemporary sensibility and an approach that offered the choreographers a reflective opportunity to trace personal dance histories. In this empirical investigation of memory as it relates to choreographic practice, I examine choreographic cognition with a particular focus on the use of ‘sounded’ (i.e. sound-triggered) memory recall to reflect upon choreographic options.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPerforming the Remembered Present
Subtitle of host publicationThe Cognition of Memory in Dance, Theatre and Music
EditorsPil Hansen, Bettina Bläsing
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherBloomsbury Academic
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic)9781474284721
ISBN (Print)9781474284714
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes


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