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dc.contributor.authorBennett, Dawn
dc.contributor.authorPollitt, J.
dc.contributor.editorAaron Williamon
dc.contributor.editorSharman Pretty
dc.contributor.editorRalph Buck
dc.identifier.citationBennett, Dawn and Pollitt, Jo. 2009. Choosing the unstable: Dancing through the mid-career, in Aaron Williamon, Sharman Pretty, Ralph Buck (ed), International Symposium on Performance Science 2009, Dec 15 2009, pp. 523-528. New Zealand: European Association of Conservatoires AEC.

Whilst professional instability is a lifelong challenge for dance artists, it is in mid career that instability becomes particularly problematic and the issue of sustainability comes to the fore. Mid-career artists build increasingly diverse protean careers in a bid to generate stability whilst dealing with unpredictable work patterns, aging bodies, and increased financial, family and future responsibilities. In addition to this is the sense of physical and emotional loss experienced when the fundamental need to dance is not being fully met. In this study we underscore these big picture issues with a more personal dialogue with three Australian mid-career dance artists. Through these case studies we examine the constant negotiation, reassessment and instability inherent in dance careers. Our research reveals that 'putting the body down' often entails putting down work, status and identity.

dc.publisherEuropean Association of Conservatoires AEC
dc.titleChoosing the unstable: Dancing through the mid-career
dc.typeConference Paper
dcterms.source.titleProceedings of the International Symposium on Performance Science, 2009
dcterms.source.seriesProceedings of the International Symposium on Performance Science, 2009
dcterms.source.conferenceInternational Symposium on Performance Science 2009
dcterms.source.conference-start-dateDec 15 2009
dcterms.source.conferencelocationNew Zealand
dcterms.source.placeUtrecht, The Netherlands
curtin.accessStatusOpen access
curtin.facultyVisual Culture Research Unit
curtin.facultyFaculty of Humanities

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