Meaning Formation in Dance Performance

A. I. Vorontsova


The article is dedicated to the process of meaning-making in contemporary dance performance as an art form. The author examines the role of the body and movements in conveying emotions, ideas, and messages, as well as the interaction between choreographers, performers, and audiences. Special attention is given to the internal bodily sensations and experiences of the performer, which manifest through a unique plastic language. The significance of contextual aspects such as cultural, historical, and social factors in shaping meaning in dance performance is also noted. The article emphasizes that dance performance is not only a form of artistic expression but also a means of communication capable of transmitting diverse emotions and ideas. It analyzes the plastic language, including movement techniques, symbolic gestures, and compositional methods. The interaction with space and objects is explored, contributing to the expansion of emotional and visual meanings. The article underscores the importance of audience interpretation and emotional response, which play a significant role in the creation and perception of meaning in dance performance. The author highlights that dance performance serves as a platform for investigating and experimenting with various semantic structures and their impact on spectators, ultimately revealing the depth and diversity of the human experience through the language of the body and movements.


meaning-making; dance performance; body; movement; plastic language; interaction; audience interpretation; experimentation



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