and Choreographing Narratives (talk) with Shay Welch
In this session, we will explore ways of choreographing more precise narratives in aerial arts by using body shapes. The notion of choreographing narrative using embodiment and embodied metaphors in dance theory has been a common trend in contemporary discourse. However, the aerialist’s body is significantly more constrained in its expressive capacities by virtue of the apparatus and being positioned off the ground. For this reason, I will offer insights which I draw from cognitive theorists on how specific body shapes, orientations, and directionalities can help overcome the limitations of the air. Further, I will also discuss how one’s body as gendered, racialized, abled or not, combined with one’s specific body shape and type, directly influences how audiences perceive and interpret embodied narratives. One great bonus is that I will provide some handouts of embodied metaphors identified by cognitive theorists for future reference.