Move: Durational Dance-Making as We Age

Nikolai, J
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Dance making and moving support a positive aging approach to aesthetic, cultural, and social meanings, thus, shaping dancers' lives. My perspective is informed by making dance a durational and sustained practice in the life of a long-life mover. Positioned as a practice-oriented researcher, I am surrounded by inspiring authors and artists who embrace maturity with improvisational making. This perspective piece reflects on making Move, a durational practice-oriented research process. Move contextualizes durational elements that I associates with the life of a mover; my writing and my companions improvising with my hand-held camera in isolation, in my neighborhood on Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland's North Shore.This perspective piece opens a process I refer to as a camera-dancer dyad, a duet between a dancer and a camera, making in isolation as we age. Furthermore, by embracing the accessibility of everyday recording devices as dancing partners, dance making with mobile cameras becomes a playful partnership with a long life.

Screendance; Care; Dance and movement; Aging; Pandemic (COVID-19); Practice-oriented research
Frontiers in Sports and Active Living 4:795526. doi: 10.3389/fspor.2022.795526
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