Dance visual sources are particularly vulnerable to over-interpretation. Artists’ conventions for showing bodies, space, and movement-in-time can be misleading; dance’s ephemerality leaves no positive corrective. This presentation, led by a dance and art history researcher and teacher, offers a more felted interpretive strategy; we will also discuss a more multivalent approach to gaze. Valuable as recent works on performative iconography are, a balanced art- and dance-based approach helps readers see visual sources with greater parallax. Researchers in the expressive therapies, arts educators, dance ethnographers, dance historians, and dance and art history students and researchers will find this study of interest.
Lesley University, Community of Scholars Day, expressive therapies, dance, arts education, art history, performative iconography
La Rue, Donna, "What You See Is Not Always What You Get: The non-WYSIWYG World of Performative Iconography" (2016). Community of Scholars Day—Posters. 37.