Ballet is always going to hurt...”: attitudes surrounding female ballet dancers dancing in pain

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dc.contributor.author Martin, Rosemary en
dc.coverage.spatial The Hague, The Netherlands en
dc.date.accessioned 2012-03-21T00:15:11Z en
dc.date.issued 2009 en
dc.identifier.citation International Association for Dance Medicine and Science 19th Annual Meeting, The Hague, The Netherlands, 27 Oct 2009 - 01 Nov 2009. International Association for Dance Medicine and Science 19th Annual Meeting Conference Proceedings. 2009 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/14751 en
dc.description.abstract While female dancers performing classical ballet are expected to present an image of effortless grace, the actuality is often a much more painful experience. The current study examines questions related to this experience: What do dancers understand pain to be; why do they dance in pain; when should they stop dancing in pain; and how do they ultimately communicate this pain to others? This ethnographic research collects the views of current dancers, ex-dancers, dance teachers, choreographers, and artistic directors through in-depth individual interviews. The collected interviews are analyzed using Foucauldian perspectives of discipline, social hierarchies, power, knowledge, and discourse, along with feminist theory, prevalent physiological conceptions of pain, and contemporary theories of dance pedagogy, ethnography and subjectivity. It is revealed through the interviews that pain is often a part of the dancer’s life, a close acquaintance constantly watching over the dancer’s shoulder. Pain is also seen to be instigated, influenced, and reinforced by the aesthetics, technique, institutions, and culture of ballet. The collected narratives demonstrate the highly subjective nature of pain, and that the balletic environment still embrace a “no pain, no gain” mentality. en
dc.relation.ispartof International Association for Dance Medicine and Science 19th Annual Meeting en
dc.relation.ispartofseries International Association for Dance Medicine and Science 19th Annual Meeting Conference Proceedings en
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dc.title Ballet is always going to hurt...”: attitudes surrounding female ballet dancers dancing in pain en
dc.type Conference Item en
pubs.author-url http://www.iadms.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=252 en
pubs.finish-date 2009-11-01 en
pubs.start-date 2009-10-27 en
dc.rights.accessrights http://purl.org/eprint/accessRights/RestrictedAccess en
pubs.subtype Proceedings en
pubs.elements-id 271709 en
dc.relation.isnodouble 14772 *
pubs.org-id Creative Arts and Industries en
pubs.org-id Dance Studies Programme en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2012-01-12 en


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