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To offer dance as aesthetic experience and communication among elderly people: An art-based study.

Journal article
Authors Cecilia Ferm Almqvist
Ninnie Andersson
Published in International Journal of Education and the Arts
Volume 20
Issue 12
Pages 22
ISSN 1529-8094
Publication year 2019
Published at Academy of Music and Drama
Pages 22
Language en
Links www.ijea.org/v20n12/v20n12.pdf
Keywords community dance, elderly, arts-based research, phenomenology, aesthetic communication
Subject categories Aesthetics, Performing Arts

Abstract

As a contribution to the field of community dance, this article explores the teacher role in a setting where elderly people are offered to take part in a dance workshop. The aim of the study is to describe the role of the teacher when offering participation in dance as an artistic form among elderly people. The theoretical starting-point for the study is aesthetic experience and communication, based on a phenomenological philosophy, and the approach is arts-based research. The workshop series was observed and filmed. Written reflections were gathered and six of the participants were interviewed. The research material was analyzed in a phenomenological manner. The result shows that the choreographer influences possibilities for participation regarding: how workshops are designed and the inputs that are given, the atmosphere that is created, how the participants are to use their bodies, and how dance as an artistic form of expression is offered.

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