Writing the Language of the Body: Aine Stapleton's Score

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Áine Stapleton’s choreographic score is a landscape of words within which to compose dance. As a series of possibilities, the score encourages movement using a non-directive vocabulary. The dancer is invited to respond to a score that constructs associations to language. Words are chosen with a specific intention to structure a dance. There are metaphors, juxtapositions of meaning, and words in motion. The score’s text inspires ingenuity and the dance vocabulary is received both as a psychical and physical challenge to overcome predictability.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationPolyphony: Journal of the Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists
PublisherIrish Association of Creative Arts Therapists
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jan 2020

Bibliographical note

Pamela Whitaker is an art therapist and lecturer in the MSc Art Therapy course at Ulster University, Belfast School of Art. She also words under the name of Groundswell, www.groundswell.ie.


  • Dance
  • Choreography


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