Risk and Flow in Contact Improvisation: pleasure, play and presence (Hewison and Urmston)

Hewison, James and Urmston, Elsa (2014) Risk and Flow in Contact Improvisation: pleasure, play and presence (Hewison and Urmston). Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices, 6 (2). pp. 219-232. ISSN 17571871 DOI https://doi.org/10.1386/jdsp.6.2.219_1

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Abstract

Grounded in Csikszentmihalyi’s flow theory, the focus of this study was to examine the role of flow as a framework for optimizing the practice of risk-taking in the teaching and learning of contact improvisation in higher education, and to better enable students to take the creative, physical and psychological risks associated with that practice. A range of qualitative methodologies were employed including observation, analysis, writing, drawing and focus group discussions. Findings of this study included: establishing shared learning environments, attending to language and tone of delivery, and ensuring the development of scaffolded tasks for trust, non-judgement, optimal experience and pleasure to flourish.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Divisions: Performing Arts
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2016 11:06
URI: http://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/id/eprint/7520

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