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Performative ethnographies of migration and intercultural collaboration in Arrival Cities: Hanoi
Malmö Academy of Music.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Arts, Communication and Education, Music, media and Theatre.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4704-5420
2020 (English)In: Journal of Embodied Research, E-ISSN 2513-8421, Vol. 3, no 1, p. 1-Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This video article explores the embodied experience of migration by revisiting the process of making Arrival Cities: Hanoi. This piece of experimental music theatre sought a new format for politically informed theatre that would be responsive to the challenges of a globalized society. It is built on ethnographic fieldwork carried out by the Vietnamese/Swedish group The Six Tones, in collaboration with director Jörgen Dahlqvist and the composer Kent Olofsson.

The role of this ethnographic process was manifold. It was a means of a political engagement, which also created images that could be shared and transformed in the performance. In Arrival Cities: Hanoi, the stage was set so that the three performers could play their instruments, perform choreography, and tell stories. A central aim was to make the individual memories of the performers a cornerstone of the dramaturgy. We are interested in how memory is embodied and how performative ethnography can constitute a method for an ethically and artistically grounded practice, within which we also emphasize the role of empathy and the sharing of individual life stories.

In this video article, we give particular attention to the choreographies that were recorded and created as part of this process. Intercultural music and theatre operate in a liminal space between traditions, where aesthetic choices are difficult to negotiate. Without trust and empathy, these negotiations cannot reach beyond the surface. In Arrival Cities: Hanoi, composer, director, and performers were all engaged in such learning processes, and the music as performed can be seen as the embodiment of a particular narrative, grounded in an intercultural collaboration.

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Huddersfield: Open Library of Humanities , 2020. Vol. 3, no 1, p. 1-
Keywords [en]
Intercultural collaboration, performative ethnographies, migration, empathy, choreography, embodiment
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Music
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Musical Performance
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-81695DOI: 10.16995/jer.19OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-81695DiVA, id: diva2:1504628
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Validerad;2020;Nivå 1;2020-11-30 (johcin)

Available from: 2020-11-30 Created: 2020-11-30 Last updated: 2020-11-30Bibliographically approved

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