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Micro-bodily mobilities: Choreographing geographies andmobilities of dance and disability

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Charlotte Veal



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This paper examines the mobile and embodied geographies of four able‐bodied dancers following their artistic encounters with disability in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Uniquely, I work with the dancing body to examine the differentiated experiences of mobility, and to uncover the performative role of the able body in unravelling assumptions around the skills and artistry of disability dance. Empirical research developed in response to a choreographic dialogue held between the British dance company BalletBoyz and the disabled dancers of Ethiopia's Adugna Potentials. Post‐artistic exchange interviews and performance‐based observations with the BalletBoyz are mobilised here to advance geographical knowledge about the embodied, performative and practised dimensions of micro‐bodily mobility. Equally, I assert the creative potential of the dancing body to probe the social construction of imperfect mobility by exceeding an ablest mobile experience, and inverting expectations around bodily disability.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Veal C

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Area

Year: 2018

Volume: 50

Issue: 3

Pages: 306-313

Print publication date: 01/09/2018

Online publication date: 31/08/2017

Acceptance date: 25/06/2017

Date deposited: 28/05/2019

ISSN (print): 0004-0894

ISSN (electronic): 1475-4762

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell


DOI: 10.1111/area.12377


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