Whispering secrets

Kampe, T (2016) 'Whispering secrets.' Journal of Dance & Somatic Practices, 8 (2). pp. 165-177. ISSN 1757-1871

Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1386/jdsp.8.2.165_1


These artist-reflections aim to give an insight into somatic-informed arts practices as acts of reconciliation and personal transformation in a post-World War II Europe. The author worked for more than twenty years in collaboration with writer and theatre director Julia Pascal, creating works that in her words aimed ‘to challenge the idea that theatre cannot explore the Holocaust imaginatively and without exploitation, sensation or sentimentality’. This collaboration culminated in a site-responsive choreographic performance The Secret Listeners that the author directed in 2012 using somatic-informed choreographic processes to construct an experiential journey designed as a guided tour for all participants. The article draws on the author’s artistic practice, including collaborative work with Pascal Theatre Company, and the author’s extended period of study with Holocaust survivor choreographer Hilde Holger (1905–2001). This work is contextualized through micro-narratives of the author’s family history.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: European modern dance; Feldenkrais Method; Holocaust; corporeal theatre; heritage performance; reconciliation; somatic-informed choreography
Divisions: Bath School of Music and Performing Arts
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1386/jdsp.8.2.165_1
Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2017 11:25
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2021 09:44
URI / Page ID: https://researchspace.bathspa.ac.uk/id/eprint/8783
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