Carol Brown is a choreographer, performer, researcher and artistic director working on collaborative projects that draw upon place histories and body archives. Formerly Choreographer in Residence at the Place Theatre London, she has held residencies in the USA, Czech Republic, Malaysia, Spain, India, Germany and Chile and toured her work internationally. Major works include the durational performance Shelf Life commissioned by South East Dance, Tongues of Stone for STRUT Perth Dancing City, and the interactive dance-architecture The Changing Room made with Mette Ramsgard-Thomsen for Dance Umbrella. Carol won the Ludwig Forum International Art Prize and a Jerwood Choreography Prize. She has a PhD from the University of Surrey, UK. She publishes regularly in dance research journals and for edited collections on performance and supervises practice-led doctorates in the UK and New Zealand. www.carolbrowndances.com
Carol Brown Field Guide for Choreography as Research1
A field guide for wayfaring through the creative and institutional spaces of choreographic practice as research must necessarily be mutable, mobile and capable of weathering change. Through Choreography as Research Practice, the traditional character of knowledge is usurped by a refusal to distance thinking from moving, knowing from being, thought from the material specificity of bodies. This work recognises that knowledge always has a material as well as conceptual reality. In posing problems through dance as aesthetic, ethico-political and intellectual enquiry, research becomes activated through diverse terrains requiring topographical know-how. Becoming a wayfarer proposes a choreo-philosophy that involves mobilizing, mapping and writing simultaneously in relation to spaces and kinesthetic topographies.