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The impact of Aboriginal dance on twentieth century Australian choreography with a practical and creative study

Burridge, Stephanie A. (1997) The impact of Aboriginal dance on twentieth century Australian choreography with a practical and creative study. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) thesis, University of Kent. (doi:10.22024/UniKent/01.02.85976) (KAR id:85976)


The written thesis, combined with the practical and creative study, will encompass:

a) an exploration of the potential for traditionally-based Aboriginal dance to inform and influence choreography,

b) an investigation and analysis of previous Australian choreographic work related to this area,

c) a discussion of choreographic models that suggest how Aborignal dance, as a resource, may influence and inform personal dance practice and in general, the sphere of dance choreography in Australia.

This study is undertaken by a practicing choreographer working largely from an aesthetic perspective; no attempt is made to present an anthropological study. Respect for the rights of ownership by Aboriginal people of their dances and the contexts in which they are performed is of paramount importance in this study.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD))
DOI/Identification number: 10.22024/UniKent/01.02.85976
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Uncontrolled keywords: Aboriginal dance; Australia; choreography
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation. Leisure > Dance
M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature on music
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of Arts
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Depositing User: SWORD Copy
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2019 16:23 UTC
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2022 21:40 UTC
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