Dr. Pil Hansen is an Associate Professor at the School of Creative and Performing Arts, University of Calgary (Canada), a founding member of Vertical City Performance, and a dance/devising dramaturg. Her empirical and Practice-as-Research experiments examine the effect on memory, perception, and cognitive flexibility of creative processes. Hansen developed the tool-set “Perceptual Dramaturgy” and, with Bruce Barton, the interdisciplinary research model “Research-Based Practice.” Her scholarly research is published in TDR: The Drama Review, Performance Research, Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, Connection Science, Theatre Topics, Canadian Theatre Review, Peripiti, Koreografisk Journal, MAPA D2, and thirteen essay collections. Hansen is primary editor of Dance Dramaturgy: Modes of Agency, Awareness and Engagement (2015) and Performing the Remembered Present: The Cognition of Memory in Dance, Theatre and Music (2017). She has also dramaturged 27 artistic works, many of which have won awards and toured nationally and internationally.
Pil Hansen Interdisciplinary Research StrategiesWorking Across Artistic Research and Dance Scholarship, Dance Psychology, or Dance Science
Hansen offers a doctorate-level introduction to a series of challenges and benefits involved in interdisciplinary dance research that is (co-)led by an artistic researcher. Strategic approaches are shared, the importance of methodological communication and choice-making is discussed, and the relationship between such choices and the impact of the knowledge produced is emphasized with reference to examples from the author’s research praxis. More specifically, the contribution addresses the following subjects: interdisciplinary collaboration and communication; negotiation across knowledge paradigms and criteria of validity; differences between multidisciplinary stratification and interdisciplinary transfer and integration; documentation and data sharing strategies; resource-effective inquiry across multiple projects; and enhancement of reach and impact through multidisciplinary articulation.