Choreographic practice research and emotional labour through the x-ray of affective dissonance

  • Shantel Ehrenberg
  • Choreographic Practices, July 2020, Intellect
  • DOI: 10.1386/chor_00012_1

Choreographic practice and emotional labour

Photo by Ahmad Odeh on Unsplash

Photo by Ahmad Odeh on Unsplash

What is it about?

In this writing I offer critical illuminations and diffractions with(in) researching, producing and performing a piece of choreographic practice research titled (in)fertile territories: a performance lecture. I utilize the concept of affective dissonance as x-ray to get closer to feelings and emotional labour as an early-career researcher in an institutional context. The writing is grounded in the cultural politics of emotion, and presents choreographic practice research, feminist critical reflection, and writing as technologies mobilized in the hopes of birthing something anew with significantly personal choreographic material.

Why is it important?

The essay is important for choreography and practice research, particularly as they occur in university and/or conservatoire settings.


Dr Shantel Ehrenberg
University of Surrey

This is a reflective writing about making a choreographic work that is informed by highly personal experience in an academic context. It explores how the context impacts on the making process from the choreographer's perspective. It thinks with concepts within existing sources to try to come to better understandings about how choreography is both difficult and illuminating in this context. This writing has given me the chance - time and resources - to come to some better understandings about that process that I hope might inform future research.

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