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Distance dance as an actor network: Issues of human and non-human becoming in virtual dance workshops for older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9266-786X
2021 (English)In: Dance Articulated, E-ISSN 2703-8327, Vol. 7, no 1, p. 23-43Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

As a contribution to the critical and creative discussion regarding definitions and examples of how dance practices are being reimagined in the age of distance, this article focuseson possibilities and challenges with organizing virtual contemporary dance workshops for older adults. The aim of this article is to explore intra-actions within entanglements including older adult amateur dancers, a choreographer, homes, dance studios, the software zoom, devices, music, and dance during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020. Situations seen as webs of relations including the mentioned actors werecreated. To be able to describe how the constantly performed intra-active networks of dancers and other material actors were constituted, actor-network theory was applied. The results shows pecific trajectories that exemplifies intra-actions with the participants. The older adults became dancers that make meaning in their lives, even if the virtual trajectories possible to follow to some extent, are limited by the pandemic cursed distance.

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Trondheim: NTNU Open Access Journals , 2021. Vol. 7, no 1, p. 23-43
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Actor network theory, distance dance, older adults, post-humanism, virtual workshops AUTHOR BIOGRAPHYCecilia Ferm Almqvist (PhD) is a full professor of education at Södertörn University, and a professor in music education at Stockholm Institute of Music Education. She graduated in 2004, delivering a phenomenological thesis about interaction in music classrooms. Her research is international and concerns democracy and inclusion in arts education settings.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-47936DOI: 10.5324/da.v7i1.4225OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-47936DiVA, id: diva2:1623222
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Special Issue: (Re)Imagining dance in the age of distance

Available from: 2021-12-28 Created: 2021-12-28 Last updated: 2022-01-03Bibliographically approved

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