AbstractsWomens Studies

The leisure mistress dances : an investigation of a practice where fact and fiction collide

by Julie-Anne Long

Institution: University of Western Sydney
Department: School of Contemporary Arts
Degree: MA(Hons) (Performance)
Year: 1999
Keywords: dance; women dancers; dance performance
Record ID: 1038620
Full text PDF: http://handle.uws.edu.au:8081/1959.7/541


The leisure mistress project is a perverse contemporary burlesque about leisure and inactivity investigated through a low-key style of dance performance, in an age where leisure pursuits are exhausting business. Julie-Anne questions her notions of dance, its place in her life and her work and challenges other ideas about what dance is. The concerns of the work include social, political, cultural and aesthetic issues. The core theme of leisure facilitates cultural investigation via performance with social critique being implicit. The process and the product are private, personal, idiosyncratic but have wider resonances and ramifications Master of Arts (Hons) (Performance)