Please do not touch: Dancing with the sculptural works of Robert Therrien

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    This chapter offers from an artist-researcher perspective an account of the author’s experience of choreographing a new solo dance work alongside and inside the large-scale sculptural works of Robert Therrien (1947–2019). The chapter charts an exploration of the relationship of the choreographic to the sculptures’ ability to transform everyday objects to dream-like, story-tale narratives. In addition, it examines how dance, like Therrien’s works, investigates space both as a physical and temporal entity, transforming the viewer’s perception of and bodily relation to it. Observing the relationship and physical responses of the gallery visitors to Therrien’s artwork, the dance work aimed to mirror the spatio-temporal distortions of the sculptures, exploiting the tensions between the playful, tactile impulse of the present moment and the ‘intangibility’ of a lost childhood past.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationArt and Dance in Dialogue: Body, Space, Object
    EditorsSarah Whatley, Imogen Racz, Katerina Paramana, Marie-Louise Crawley
    Number of pages15
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-44085-5
    ISBN (Print)978-3-030-44084-8
    Publication statusPublished - 9 Dec 2020


    • Therrien
    • Sculpture
    • Dance
    • Narrative
    • Fairy tale
    • Childhood
    • Choreography
    • Time


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