Gregory Sporton

Double Take: A Second Look at a Dance

CreatorsSporton, G., Sandra Norman, Janet Tovey and Andrew Knight-Hill
CollaboratorsSandra Norman (Dancer), Andrew Knight-Hill (Composer) and Jan Tovey (Cinematographer)
Description

This project was a development of work on a dance recreated by the same dancers more than 30 years apart. The performance and rehearsal process threw up a range of issues that support the notion of a dance as a series of successive approximations rather than deriving from an authoritative version, challenging the conventional scholarly view of dances as text. The example work combined in performance video of the dancers from 1986 with the same dancers adapting the work for performance in 2016. This entails more than a negotiation with steps, but also about meaning, where the impact of life is more than merely physical but plays a role in our perception of the performers.

The project had four major outputs and a minor one, with two performances for the camera, a conventionally staged version and a 360 degree version, a conference paper that deals with the archiving of performance, and a longer essay that uses the performances as an example of the unique qualities that dance possesses, dealing with the shortcomings of intellectualised accounts of dance that dominate dance scholarship. It presents challenging evidence about why some precepts that are simply assumed (that the essence of the dance is located in the steps, and the integrity of a restaging requires faithfulness to them). More than this,it rejects the proposition that intellectual or philosophical accounts of dance have much credence given their limitations as a reflection of what is seen and processed outside the framework of the physical.

Year2018

Portfolio items

Double Take Live Performance
Sporton, G. 2017. Double Take Live Performance. London

The Body and the Intellectual
Sporton, G. 2017. The Body and the Intellectual. Scene. 5 (2), pp. 115-126. https://doi.org/10.1386/scene.5.2.115_1

The Life of a Dance: Double Take, Part II
Sporton, G. 2017. The Life of a Dance: Double Take, Part II. DocPerform2: Documenting Performance. City University, London 06 - 07 Nov 2017 IdeaExchange@UAkron.

Double Take: Looking Back at Yourself...
Sporton, G., Sandra Norman, Janet Tovey and Andrew Knight-Hill 2018. Double Take: Looking Back at Yourself... Digital Research in Arts and Humanities. Spazju Kreattiv Castille Place, Valletta, VLT 1060 Malta 09 - 12 Sep 2018

Related outputs

Reviews
Sporton, G. 2020. Reviews. Scene. 7 (1&2), pp. 87-94. https://doi.org/10.1386/scene_00009_5

Reviews: ENO's Luisa Miller/ Pure Dance, Natalia Osipova
Sporton, G. 2020. Reviews: ENO's Luisa Miller/ Pure Dance, Natalia Osipova. Scene. 6 (2), pp. 177-182. https://doi.org/10.1386/scene_00017_5

Reviews for Scene 2015-
Sporton, G. 2020. Reviews for Scene 2015-. Intellect.

Reviews: Bolshoi 'Bright Stream', ENB 'Giselle', Review of 'Agency: A Partial History of Live Art'.
Sporton, G. 2019. Reviews: Bolshoi 'Bright Stream', ENB 'Giselle', Review of 'Agency: A Partial History of Live Art'. Scene. 7 (1&2), pp. 87-94. https://doi.org/10.1386/scene_00009_5

Reviews
Gregory Sporton 2019. Reviews. Scene. 6 (1), pp. 91-97. https://doi.org/10.1386/scene.6.1.91_5

Double Take: Looking Back at Yourself...
Sporton, G., Sandra Norman, Janet Tovey and Andrew Knight-Hill 2018. Double Take: Looking Back at Yourself... Digital Research in Arts and Humanities. Spazju Kreattiv Castille Place, Valletta, VLT 1060 Malta 09 - 12 Sep 2018

Ballet and The Soviet Body
Sporton, G. 2018. Ballet and The Soviet Body. Scene. 6 (2), pp. 153-164. https://doi.org/10.1386/scene_00015_1

Double Take Live Performance
Sporton, G. 2017. Double Take Live Performance. London

Reviews: The Nose, The Red Shoes, Les Enfants Terrible
Sporton, G. 2017. Reviews: The Nose, The Red Shoes, Les Enfants Terrible. Scene. 5 (1), pp. 83-88. https://doi.org/10.1386/scene.5.2.139_5

Review: Michael Clark Company
Sporton, G. 2017. Review: Michael Clark Company. Scene. 5 (2), pp. 139-140. https://doi.org/10.1386/scene.5.2.139_5

The Body and the Intellectual
Sporton, G. 2017. The Body and the Intellectual. Scene. 5 (2), pp. 115-126. https://doi.org/10.1386/scene.5.2.115_1

The Life of a Dance: Double Take, Part II
Sporton, G. 2017. The Life of a Dance: Double Take, Part II. DocPerform2: Documenting Performance. City University, London 06 - 07 Nov 2017 IdeaExchange@UAkron.

Reviews: Swan Lake, Swan Lake, Trinity
Sporton, G. 2016. Reviews: Swan Lake, Swan Lake, Trinity. Scene. 4 (2), pp. 173-178. https://doi.org/10.1386/scene.4.2.173_5

Review: Cirkopolis
Sporton, G. 2015. Review: Cirkopolis. Scene. 3 (1 & 2), pp. 149-155. https://doi.org/10.1386/scene.3.1-2.149_5

Digital Creativity: Something From Nothing
Sporton, G. 2015. Digital Creativity: Something From Nothing. London Palgrave Macmillan.

Book Review: Swans of the Kremlin: Ballet and Power in the Soviet Russia
Sporton, G. 2014. Book Review: Swans of the Kremlin: Ballet and Power in the Soviet Russia. The Soviet and Post Soviet Review. 41 (1), pp. 105-108. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1163/18763324-04101010

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