This is a practice-based research investigating a new choreographic methodology inspired by the cognitive domain of Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy (1956). Through the design of iterative workshops and targeted movement experiments based on the six dimensions of Bloom’s Taxonomy framework, dancers used a colour-coded system of post-it notes to develop and generate movement materials as the collective choreographers. The colour coded post-it notes served as a shared language for the dancers to select and sequence movement materials according to the thematic development of the choreographic work. With the aim of expanding the dancers’ conceptual capabilities and shifting the focus from a product-oriented performance rehearsal to a process-oriented approach, this methodology provided the opportunity for dancers to grow as performers in a reflective and collaborative learning environment, without relying on the choreographer solely for the dance piece to be reproduced after each iteration. The exploration and investigation subsequently led to the development of a series of performances that were showcased in Singapore and overseas from 2015 to 2019. The choreographic structure was also implemented in LASALLE College of the Arts' dance rehearsal class as a pedagogical methodology, with the participation of selected BA and Diploma in Dance students, leading to the graduation performance in April 2018 as well as the da:ns festival performance at The Esplanade in October 2018.
Practice-based Research Project: Starting with Investigation 1.0
Susan Yeung How Wah
Dance and Theatre
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