The Italic I: a 16 stage lexicon on the arc of falling

Cocker, E. ORCID: 0000-0002-2985-7839 and Thornton, C., 2016. The Italic I: a 16 stage lexicon on the arc of falling. Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, 7 (2), pp. 253-273. ISSN 1944-3927

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The Italic I is a practice-based collaboration between writer-artist Emma Cocker and interdisciplinary artist Clare Thornton that explores the different states of potential made possible through purposefully surrendering to the event of a repeated fall.1 Rather than an accidental occurrence encountered by chance, within our artistic investigation falling is apprehended consciously as a training exercise for mind and muscle, tested out in physical, cognitive, and even linguistic terms. Within The Italic I the act of falling is slowed and extended through the use of both lens and language, as a means for attending to its discrete phases or scenes. Central to our performative-poetic enquiry has been the production of an artists' publication (of the same title as our project), comprising photographic performance-documents presented alongside a textual lexicon generated in the 'free-fall' of conversational exchange (Fig. 1). The publication is not conceived as documentation (of a performance), but rather as a performative enactment of our enquiry, an exercise companion. We approach the production of the publication as a form of training in and of itself, requiring a specific physical and conceptual practice undertaken towards building — increasing and deepening — our collaborative capacity. Less a step-by-step manual for instructing another on how to fall, we propose the publication The Italic I as a spur or prompt for cultivating a willfully non-corrective tendency in thought, peech and action, for operating against expectation.

Item Type: Journal article
Description: Special issue of Theatre, Dance and Performance Training (TDPT), on Showing and Writing Training, (ed.) Mary Paterson
Publication Title: Theatre, Dance and Performance Training
Creators: Cocker, E. and Thornton, C.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date: 2016
Volume: 7
Number: 2
ISSN: 1944-3927
Divisions: Schools > School of Art and Design
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 23 Mar 2016 11:15
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2018 03:00

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