Skip to main content
Kent Academic Repository

Schooling an ensemble: The Forsythe Company’s Whole in the Head

Vass-Rhee, Freya (2018) Schooling an ensemble: The Forsythe Company’s Whole in the Head. Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices, 10 (2). pp. 219-233. ISSN 1757-1871. (doi:10.1386/jdsp.10.2.219_1) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:68963)

PDF Publisher pdf
Language: English

Restricted to Repository staff only
Contact us about this Publication
[thumbnail of Vass-Rhee JDSP - Schooling an ensemble.pdf]
Official URL:


This embedded ethnographic study focuses on The Forsythe Company’s 2010 creation of Whole in the Head, the cast of which brought already-expert new dancers into collaboration with experienced ensemble veterans. The devising practice during the making of this “Schulwerk” yielded teaching and learning opportunities to all of the participants, whilst the emergent and distributed opportunities afforded by the devising context scaffolded the ensemble’s development as a complicit, choreographically productive community informed by specific somatic approaches to movement generation. Moving across unexpected etymological linkages of the term skill across languages, the analysis shows how the devising process of this work enhanced crucial expert-specific skills across the full ensemble, inviting consideration of the nature of skill and its expansion within communities of experts.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1386/jdsp.10.2.219_1
Uncontrolled keywords: Dance, collaboration, expertise, complicity, learning, devising, William Forsythe
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation. Leisure > Dance
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of Arts
Depositing User: Freya Vass
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2018 10:06 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2024 15:20 UTC
Resource URI: (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)

University of Kent Author Information

  • Depositors only (login required):

Total unique views for this document in KAR since July 2020. For more details click on the image.