A choreographic notebook: Methodological developments in qualitative geographical research

Charlotte Veal

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This article develops the dancers’ choreographic notebook as a cross-disciplinary documentational device in the representation and analysis of multi-sensual qualitative sources. Drawing upon fieldwork collected during a London-based research placement with the dance company BalletBoyz, I endeavour to extend critical debates around the body and performance within human geography to examine the ‘more-than-representational’ methodological possibilities affiliated with performativity and its allied body of literature. In performing this methodological approach, I first hope to encourage experimental and creative documentational methods for conducting vibrant, engaging geographies of the body. Second, I affirm the centrality of sensuous, embodied accounts in the research process. Finally, this article seeks to equip others in their investigations into re-imagining what ‘physical’ thinking might look like. In documenting the body, I hope a space may be created to rethink the ontology of the body beyond the dualisms of absence or present.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)221-245
Number of pages25
JournalCultural Geographies
Issue number2
Early online date25 Feb 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Dance
  • Ephemerality
  • Experimental
  • Methodology
  • non-representational
  • Performance landscape


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