ESSAY for BIBAC
Cross-Cultural Combined Arts Creation/Performance
And The Research Supporting It
For 'Building Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Bridges: Where Practice Meets Research and Theory' –- BIBAC 2016 International Conference eBook (affiliated with Cambridge University).
As a veteran composer, and creator/director of work/projects combining music, dance, drama and visual arts across different cultures, I undertook doctoral work in 2009 because the scope of a PhD in the arts has expanded to include cross-cultural combined arts creation/performance practices – conditions favorable for my project. From my PhD process and attending seminars/conferences, I became aware that practice-led creation/performance that results from academic research is a compromise between the disciplines of academic and professional practices. Academic practice has a tendency to attempt to fit complex projects into minute categorizations which might not show the full picture. For those who create and perform “interdisciplinary” work, what they do is inseparable from their complex life and responding to many factors of the time. They work for the audience, i.e., the general public. In a less obvious way, academic work is also affected by one's background and personal experience – this is what gives the work passion and poignancy. Including an element of the autobiographical enhances the creation/performance to reach people beyond the academic circle because it is about life and people understand that. My chapter reflects critically on the purpose of research in the pursuit of cross-cultural combined arts creation/performance.
Keywords: Cross-Cultural Combined Arts, Creative Performance Art, Academic Versus Professional Approach, Compromise Of Contradictions
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My BIBAC Presentation
Click the PDF below to see my BIBAC presentation. This is but the outline projection for the audience. The contents are in PowerPoint format. The audios/videos in the presentation cannot be played in the PDF version, but I will add them as separate links below shortly.
More to be uploaded soon
Music and Cross-Cultural Combined-Arts Creativity
My article for Contemporary Music Review 1994
AN INTER ARTES ARTICLE
For "An Evening of Interaction of the Arts"
at Bloomsbury Theatre, London