Complexity of Practice

Posted on November 18th, by Elise May in Research. No Comments

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To view the overarching context of this research, here is a quick snapshot of the many roles of which I have developed throughout my career as a dance artist:

Dancer / Performer / Soloist
Choreographer / Collaborator
Video Artist / Documenter
Independent Artist
Designer / Conceptualiser
Writer / Researcher

My research will be informed by a practice-led enquiry, open to interdisciplinary exchange, drawing on reflective observation and practical investigations in the form of installations, collaborations, screen dance and live performance works.

As a dance practitioner, making a living depends on creative “product” being generated often at the expense of a fully realised creative process. The pressures of the industry including time restraints and funding etc… often necessitate a streamlined approach to the creation of work. One of my research objectives is to lead an investigation which process driven, an opportunity to invite reflection analysis and contextual review into my practice. I am looking to deepen my understanding of the form, my working processes, the industry, modes of creation and the contextual underpinnings of my work. I am interested in being less outcome driven, in terms of presentation and production value, however that said, I hope that the “re-versioned”, multi-faceted
creative works will provide

a) practical contextual application for my research,
b) a body of work which is of high quality, contributes to the growing body of knowledge within the industry and shows clear conceptual innovation and merit.

I am looking towards a sustainable career as an artist, and I would like to find deeper connections to the form, acquire new processes, skills,audiences for my work, and career opportunities through my participation in this research. Artist as Bricoleur

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In my research I will draw down on these areas of interest and ongoing development within my practice to guide a practice-led enquiry. As researcher, I will continue to do what I have always done as artist – to interrogate and question my working processes through practice and turn these findings into research:


My research methods will consist of practice-led investigations through my studio practice and contextual reviews. I will site previous relevant research, current and future creative works as ‘case studies’ to ground my investigation and provide a context for my written thesis. I anticipate that my research and written reflection/ analysis will “co-exist” running parallel to my practice, informed by my practical investigations. Likewise I hope that my studio practice will be informed by my research objectives.

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I would like to structure my research in such a way that reflection, discussion and articulation of key concepts are built into the process, and that there are points throughout the duration of the research where evaluation and reassessment of the key research objectives are revisited, reviewed and re-framed in order to move forward.

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Haseman B. and Mafe, D. (2OO9). Acquiring Know-How: Research Training for Practice-led Researchers. In Smith, H & R.T. Dean (Eds). Research-led practice and practice-led research Edinbururgh University

About Elise May

Elise May is an award winning dancer, choreographer and video/multimedia artist who has worked independently in Australia and is a member of Brisbane’s Expressions Dance Company (EDC).