ISSN: 20405669
First published in 2010
2 issues per volume
Volume 5 Issue 2
Cover Date: December 2014
Instrumental gesture as choreographic practice: Performative approaches to understanding corporeal expressivity in music
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Authors:  Imogene Newland 
DOI: 10.1386/chor.5.2.149_1

instrumental gesture,musical body,kinesthetic empathy,corporeal expressivity,performativity,intersubjectivity

Existing qualitative approaches within the field of music perception and embodied music cognition provide scientific models for the evaluation of physical gestures and their expressive impact in performance. This article examines the ways in which qualitative research methodologies and outcomes may be used as stimuli for new choreographic research, drawing upon the original performance ‘Woman=Music=Desire’. Beginning with an illustrated account of expressive features of piano performance by music researchers such as François Delalande and Mark Thompson, recent departures in choreographic and related artistic practice that indicate a growing interest in the expressive function of musical corporeity are discussed. Through exploring such work, the intersubjective and kinesthetic relationship occurring between musician and spectator is explored via an examination of gestural empathy. Thus, through re-appropriating instrumental gestures within practice-led research that interrogates the close relationship between corporeity and expressivity, the musician’s body emerges as a dancing body with the creative potential for a new and exciting departure in choreographic practice. A trailer to the performance ‘Woman=Music=Desire’ may be found at
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