Dorsal Practices—Towards a Back-Oriented Being-in-the-World

Brown, Katrina ORCID logoORCID: and Cocker, Emma ORCID logoORCID: (2024) Dorsal Practices—Towards a Back-Oriented Being-in-the-World. Humanities, 13 (2). ISSN 2076-0787

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Dorsal Practices is a process-based, interdisciplinary artistic collaboration between choreographer Katrina Brown and writer–artist Emma Cocker. This research enquiry explores the notion of dorsality and the cultivation of a back-oriented awareness in relation to how we as sentient bodies orientate to the self, others (human, more-than-human), and interconnected world. Since 2021, Dorsal Practices has unfolded through the interrelation of three fields of experimental, embodied research practice: movement-based practices, conversation practices, and experimental reading practices. Dorsal Practices explores how the tilt or inclination towards dorsal (dis)orientation might enable new
modes of thinking–perceiving and being–with, and more connected, sustainable ways of living and aliveness based on the reciprocal, entangled relationship between self/environment. We ask: How does the cultivation of a back-oriented awareness and attitude shape and inform our embodied,
affective, and relational experience of being-in-the-world? Rather than a mode of withdrawal, of turning one’s back, how might a back-leaning orientation support an open, receptive ethics of relation? Central to this enquiry is an attempt to explore how different linguistic practices might be developed
in fidelity to the embodied experiences of dorsality: how the experiences of listening, languaging, even thinking, might be shaped differently through this embodied tilt of awareness and attention towards the back.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: 10.3390/h13020063
ISSN: 2076-0787
eISSN: 2076-0787
Subjects: Performance > Dance > Choreography
Courses by Department: Academy of Music & Theatre Arts > Dance
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Depositing User: Katrina Brown
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2024 13:29
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2024 13:29


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