Projects, Precarity and the Ontology of Dance Works

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Project based work is common within ‘precarious’ working contexts (Laermans 2015, Lorey in Puar 2012, Van Assche 2017). Within contemporary dance, short-term funding opportunities often result in the production of sharings, works-in-progress, and one-off performance events. This paper considers the relationship between the outputs of projects and the ontology of choreographic ‘works’. Drawing on Frédéric Pouillaude’s conception of choreographic works as both public and resistant ([2009] 2017), I examine entities produced through projects, which borrowing a term from choreographer Hamish MacPherson, I label these ‘work-sketches’. Furthermore, I reflect on the correlation between ‘immaterial labor’ (Lazzarato 1996, Hardt and Negri 2000) and the concept of the choreographic work, thinking-through the commodity-form of ‘work-sketches’ and probing the relationship between socio-economic contexts and dance work ontology.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66-78
Number of pages13
JournalDance Research Journal
Issue number1
Early online date23 Apr 2019
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2019

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  • immaterial labor
  • ontology
  • precarity
  • projects
  • work-sketches

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts

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