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      Exploring Embodiment Through Choreographic Practice

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      Frontiers in Psychology

      Frontiers Media S.A.

      choreography, embodied, Bourdieu, habitus, identity, gender, practice-as-research

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          This pilot explored embodiment and gender representation through the lens of choreographic practice and sociology. The perspective derives from a comparative lack of status held by female (vs. male) choreographers in the United Kingdom. The pilot study specifically addresses how choreography itself embodies and perpetuates sociocultural values. This work is part of a larger, on-going ethnographic study into the social world(s) of choreography and choreographers. The method is a process of dance making called Sonnet that would expose habitual expectations of dance performances. The process aimed to heighten awareness of gender expectations and to challenge dancers and audience members to reflect on what they normally take for granted. Using Pierre Bourdieu’s critique and notion of habitus (embodiment), the study indicates perpetuating social hierarchy in dance training and practice. This is explored and framed from Bourdieu’s social and cultural perspective.

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                Journal
                Front Psychol
                Front Psychol
                Front. Psychol.
                Frontiers in Psychology
                Frontiers Media S.A.
                1664-1078
                15 October 2018
                2018
                : 9
                Affiliations
                Music and Performing Arts, Canterbury Christ Church University , Canterbury, United Kingdom
                Author notes

                Edited by: Gary Edward McPherson, The University of Melbourne, Australia

                Reviewed by: Sarah Whatley, Coventry University, United Kingdom; Janet Karin, University of Canberra, Australia

                *Correspondence: Angela Pickard, Angela.pickard@ 123456canterbury.ac.uk

                This article was submitted to Performance Science, a section of the journal Frontiers in Psychology

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                10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01920
                6196263
                Copyright © 2018 Pickard.

                This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

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