Nalina Wait

Postgraduate Research Student

Thesis Title

Improvised Composition: Western improvised dance performance, pedagogies, and language



Interrogating and extending the discipline-specific terminology of improvised dance in the West through an emic approach of (at times auto-) ethnography, and an application of relevant philosophical concepts, to articulate key corporeal knowledges of improvisation practice. Following the historic lineages of practice via expert case studies to identify the forces that have shaped the axiology of improvised dance and offers an alternative narrative of improvised dance history centred on the epistemology of corporeal knowledges, rather than on the more visible performative outcomes of improvisation as an art form.