Re-Versioning as Interdisciplinary Practice
This paper is principally concerned with developing knowledge of the aesthetics of contemporary performance making and places this knowledge in a context characterised by intertextuality, appropriation and hybridity which provide the impulse for re-purposing and re-versioning within and across various symbolic forms. As we are dealing with the aesthetic dimension, these knowledges lie holistically within each person – they are sensuous apprehensions, cognitively, affectively, and kinaesthetically known.
A dance work 'between/memory and/skin' was the source work for an immersive installation 'the space between/memory and/skin' which in turn became the source work for 'skinning memory'. These works were each re-versioned and reframed, firstly into a new experiential context as an installation and then re-versioned again into a formal theatrical space. This paper will explore the evolution of, and reveal and argue the case for re-versioning as a core creative process in interdisciplinary arts practice.
Both the dance works and the multi-sensory installation work were the outcome of collaborative practice-led investigations into the human body in performance, its immediate liveness and visceral impact in real and virtual spaces.
Keywords: Re-Versioning, Contemporary Performance, Interdisciplinarity, Dance, Installation
Head of Dance, Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology