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ERIC Number: EJ892333
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0175
Discovering New Ways of Moving: Observational Analysis of Motor Creativity while Dancing Contact Improvisation and the Influence of the Partner
Torrents, Carlota; Castaner, Marta; Dinusova, Maria; Anguera, M. Teresa
Journal of Creative Behavior, v44 n1 p45-61 First Quarter 2010
Contact improvisation (CI) is a form of dance based on motor creativity, improvisation and the physical contact between different improvisers dancing together. This will generate different ways of moving and a varied use of motor creativity depending on the dancers involved. This study aims to observe the differences in movement generation depending on the partner by using OSMOS (Observational System of Motor Skills; Castaner & Camerino 2006; Castaner et al., 2009). Four contact improvisers were video-recorded while dancing in duets. Data were analysed by three observers using Theme Coder software (Magnusson, 1996) for the detection of T-patterns and the production of event frequency charts. The results show that (1) the motor skills that appear most frequently are the conduction of partners, elevations, spatial level changes and turns; (2) motor creativity is affected by the partner, as there is a reciprocal influence in the dance; and (3) motor creativity is enhanced by interaction with a partner. (Contains 4 figures and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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