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Choreographing Clumsy: Dyspraxia and Choreographic Practice aims to understand choreography from the perspective of people with dyspraxia, a specific learning difficulty (SpLd) that affects coordination skills, cognitive processing and the execution of movements. This study will be completed part-time over six years and will result in a new body of performance work, derived from and embodying original research, accompanied by a short thesis.

This practice-based research project embeds dyspraxic-thinking traits into choreographic discourse. By placing dyspraxia within the field of dance, questions arise as to notions of value, expectation and (dis)ability within choreographic processes and performance. The new body of work will be created to address the invisibility and lack of dyspraxic choreographic voices functioning within the dance sector. These new pieces of dance will synthesise unique dyspraxic characteristics in a movement language, offering a new vocabulary articulated from the dyspraxic artist's unique neurological perceptions of space, time, movement and sequencing. This project is framed by the social model of disability, a viewpoint which allows dyspraxic identities to transcend the deficit models placed upon them, to gain authorship and ownership of their 'clumsy' nature in order to create their own choreographic language. This investigation sets out to pave the way for dyspraxic voices in the larger field of choreography.

This research is the body of Aby's doctoral studies at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where she is a third year part time PhD student. To view Aby's profile on the RCS' Exchange Portal click here, and to read more about her PhD research follow her blog here. For more information about the research cohort at the RCS, see here.