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  • Palm, Maijastiina (2019)
    In this written work, I refer to bell hooks in my intersectional exploration of feminism. I also refer to Leena-Maija Rossi's ideas of gender pressure and stereotypical structures, in order for the research to have an intercultural effect. My research question "Explorations and reflections on teaching, habits of thought and dialogue after a visit in Al Arroub 2017 as a feminist: Complex comparison between gender understandings and art pedagogy" guides the research throughout this work. To broaden my academic understanding towards a mindset of learning, I look into Jack Mezirow's theory of habits of thought. To study my pedagogical development, I review Paulo Freire's theory of dialogue. Throughout this thesis, I study the effect of dialogue and gender stereotypes in social situations in art pedagogical context. This research is based on three auto narratives of situations where I have been in a role of either art pedagogue, pupil or student. In the first auto narrative, I am in a position of a student in a primary school in Kouvola, 2004. The second auto narrative is from a time of my second university year in London in 2015. In the third piece of data in the form of an auto narrative, I was completing a teaching practice module in Palestine from the University of the Arts Helsinki's Master's Degree Programme in Dance Pedagogy. I reflect my pedagogical progress based on these three experiences, in order to understand the context of gender pressure in learning situations. I examine my own feelings, thoughts and learning. I reflect my pedagogical development on the theories, auto narratives and my personal blog post from 2017. The research method for my analysis is phenomenology-hermeneutic approach. I am reflecting Leena Rouhiainen to maintain a connection between artist work and research method. I write about authority, use of language, feelings, jealousy, judgement, facilitating and listening. In this work, I examine my development in pedagogical practices and theoretical understanding. I have transformed personal experiences into a platform to learning.
  • Convertito, Giorgio (2020)
    In this thesis I look at some of the ethical issues involved in one-to-one practices, observing how they offer a uniquely compress example of dialogical, experiential and transformative pedagogy, providing the most obvious representation of the meeting with the Other and with the otherness within oneself. I look in particular at the idea of ‘perceived obligation’, the way we respond to a situation as we think we are expected to by an authority figure. Another crucial concept of this research is that of safe space / brave space, a space where risks are acceptable and even welcome, and where a transformative experience can take place. I use Van Manen, Antila and Arao&Clemens to advocate that a safe space cannot be just a container for rules and that there are no universal procedures that can guarantee safety, suggesting instead a dialogical approach. The proposal is that a caring approach to ethics, combined with the integrity, insight, generosity and sensitivity of the practitioner, and a mutual interest and respect for the material, are the ingredients that create a safe environment for learning through transformation. I use my artistic project “Hotel Room Encounters” as a laboratory where the issues mentioned above can be observed and studied. Most of this research is based on observing my own personal experience, but also on comments made by the participants during the encounters as well as in the notes they wrote and left to me after the encounter. The project aims to create a situation favourable to the meeting with the unknown and to a transformative experience. In accordance with Rancière’s and Biesta’s idea that in order to learn and grow, one has to move out of one’s comfort zone, I tried to create the conditions for a safe discomfort and for a gentle push of boundaries; a move into the risk zone designed to set the conditions for an unusual experience and potential for learning something about oneself. I also look at the “Hotel Room Encounter” as improvisational and somatic practice, using my experience in such practices to guide me through the experience of meeting the unknown, especially within the format of one-to-one participatory performance, with what I had no previous experience as a practitioner. I also briefly link this work to my experience of somatic practices and eventually reflect on my positioning as a middle-aged white man in society.
  • Takeda, Yuko (2018)
    In this thesis, the author searches pedagogical principles for actor training fueled by two questions: 1. How can the content of the training be made relevant to acting in theatre so that it is not just a physical workout? 2. How can the training be made flexible and sustainable so that it becomes something that not only caters to the individual needs of actors but also provides a structure for continuation? The thesis consists of four major components: the author's personal history of actor training in theatre, the content of actor training, the pedagogical principles for sustainable, flexible actor training, and the case studies for the implementation of the principles. By reflecting on various influences in her life as an actor and pedagogue, the author illuminates the path of forming her point of view for acting and actor training in theatre. Presence in actor training is redefined as the ability to connect with the other and regarded as the element that should be cultivated throughout the actor's life. The author also presents reference points in physical training for actors to make the content of training relevant to acting. The pedagogical principles for sustainable, flexible actor training deal with the concept of practice, the language used in training, the teacher-student relationship, the flexible training content, and the identity of the teacher. The implementation of the principles is evaluated in the case studies. The studies are about two pedagogical projects: a long-term physical training, for which the author has been the leader, and the Imagination of Violence course where the author participated as the second pedagogue. For the first project, the author conducted an interview and collective reflection with a long-time participant in the training to gauge the impact of the long-term process. For the second one, the feedback from the main pedagogue and the interview with the students of the course are presented and assessed to show how the author's pedagogical presence affected others in the course. There are also excerpts from the interview with the author's former acting teacher Amy Herzberg as a concluding phase of the thesis. They give moral support and pedagogical underpinnings for the next step of the author's artistic growth as an actor and pedagogue.
  • Laine, Verna (2020)
    In this thesis the author introduces a concept (leap of faith) and traces back its practical application as an artistic-pedagogical premise and method in the making of a performance (Leap Beyond). The central concept and the concepts surrounding it have been explored by the author previously in another artistic research context (wherein the author theorised a possible approach to actor movement training based on the concept of a leap of faith) and have been expanded and explored further in this thesis. The thesis focuses around two questions: 1) How do I (the author) as an art pedagogue implement ideas of Leap of Faith in a rehearsal process for a performance? 2) What kind of pedagogy does this call forth? The first question allows the author to map out the training and rehearsal process towards the performance Leap Beyond in the light of the concept of a leap of faith and relate them with the surrounding concepts of anxiety, the unknown and that-which-is-not-yet. The surrounding concepts enable the author to contextualise and place the work within a larger discourse on art practice, art pedagogy and learning. The author presents and outlines the practical application and means with which the implementation of ideas of a leap of faith was made, with specific focus on the aerial work and the developments towards it. The second question acts as a follow-up question that opens up possibilities for further investigation in the future. It allows the author to reflect on the pedagogical choices that were made before and during the process. Through the second question it also becomes possible for the author to reflect on features about the work that have clarified their meaning to the author only after the official part of the production process had come to an end. The author concludes the thesis by proposing potential future developments and prospects.
  • Sipilä, Jasmiina (2015)
    In this research I'm moving and exploring in a landscape of an inter-disciplinary improvisation performance. The research is structured by choosing one performance which functions as a documented snippet of an ongoing interdisciplinary improvisation practice and is a vehicle to analyse what sort of skills and knowledge enable and are developed in that specific ongoing practice. I map out the validity of those skills and knowledge in relationship to a dancer's know-how in a new paradigm of performing arts, as well as how to facilitate them and what sort of philosophical and ethical notions and issues arise in such a facilitation process. The mode of this thesis is practicebased art-pedagogical research. I'm proposing that the skills and knowledge that enable inter-disciplinary improvisation, and that are simultaneously developed in the practice, are a dancer's self–reflection and decision making process; a dancer's own research and awareness of senses and perceptions; the awareness of interaction of performer(s) and audience during a performance situation and the collaborative approaches towards learning and creating artistic work. These skills and knowledge share similar terrain with the skills and knowledge of a dancer in a new paradigm of performing arts, including the new paradigm of contemporary dance, defined by a performative shift. In addition to these, what can be specifically drawn from inter-disciplinary improvisation practice is a dancer's awareness of her/his inherent concepts that frame her/his perception in working situations, as well as discipline specific inherent working practices and terminology that are taken as a given, yet come up for discussion and reflection through inter-disciplinary work. I'm proposing that these skills and knowledge can be facilitated and developed through dialogical and critical pedagogical approaches that take in consideration notions of freedom, responsibility, artistic ownership, artistic integrity, as well as a notion of wider socio-political landscapes that the work exists in. In terms of practice based working methods that can facilitate this sort of skills and knowledge, there are many routes. One possible way are the inter-disciplinary working methods introduced in this thesis, that emphasize action-research based working cycles, working collaboratively both within a group, as well as in co-facilitating and approaching a facilitation process as a not-yet-known situation. This mode of working approaches a teacher as an active researcher and facilitator, who also engages in a process of self-reflection and dialogue.
  • Porkola, Pilvi (2017)
    Teatterikorkeakoulun julkaisusarja
    The aim of this book is to offer perspectives on performance art practice with a focus on teaching. This subject has been rarely approached in the literature and this book gives insights and inspiration for all those teaching performance art as well as to anyone else interested in this art form. The first part of the book comprises articles by five performance artist, scholars and teachers: professor Ray Langenbach, Dr Annette Arlander, Dr Hanna Järvinen, Dr Tero Nauha and professor Pilvi Porkola. Each article gives different perspectives on performance art. But as we know, performance does not happen in words but in action, so the second part of the book is a collection of performance art exercises from 44 artists functioning here as calls to act.Julkaistu myös verkkoaineistona.
  • Condit, Outi; Jaakonaho, Liisa (2017)
    Nivel
    How do form and sense come to play in artistic research? How to approach writing in a way that reflects and benefits the processes of artistic research? How does research become artistic and artistic practice become research? How can a work of art be composed/presented as research? How do ways of knowing and forms of research exposition interact and feed into each other in artistic research? The eight expositions of Nivel 08 'Poetics of Form' online publication explore these, and other related questions through different approaches to writing, video, audio, photography, and interactive media. The theme of the publication emerged originally from collegial discussions in the Performing Arts Research Centre around the questions of research exposition. Within the diverse field of artistic research, what is common is that the research often takes processual forms; researchers find their questions, methodologies, ways of knowing and communicating through artistic or artistic-pedagogic practices that are ephemeral, corporeal, material, relational, and affective. Making, thinking, documenting, writing, and reflecting are intertwined, and redefined through the specificity of each research process. Therefore, the questions of exposition - and more broadly, questions of form call for special attention
  • Siren, Kenneth (2018)
    The aim of this research is to examine the role of disruption in an artistic process and the possibilities of utilizing disruption in contemporary theatre. The theoretical starting point is John Dewey’s view of disruption as the onset of all learning and problem solving, and hence crucial for all pedagogy and education. The two research questions are: (1) in what ways could disruption be made a more central, productive, and visible element of an artistic process by means of contemporary theatre practices, and (2) what kind of a theatre performance results from an artistic process which aims to provide the audience with experiences of disruption? The basis of this research is the artistic process of the devised theatre performance Names of Plants, as well as its four performances. A group of nine performers, aged 19–48, and myself as the director experimented with various contemporary theatre practices used to create potential for disruption for the participants. An added pedagogical dimension to the process was acknowledging the gender diversity in the group as some of the participants and the author do not identify with binary terms for gender. The resulting performance, staged in an art gallery, was devised from the ideas, elements, autobiographical accounts, and movement sequences which originated in these exercises and practices. The artistic outcomes were created with the aim that the members of the audience would have possibilities to experience disruptions. Material for this practice-led research was collected in a research diary, through questionnaires to the participants and by an exit questionnaire to the audience. The theatre practices used turned out to have different results in cultivating experiences of disruption. Particularly fruitful were exercises that didn’t provide a clear model of a successful completion but rather allowed for the unexpected to happen. Both primarily physical and primarily verbal approaches seemed to produce disruptions and recollections of past moments of disruption. Other useful means included shifting the rehearsal structure multiple times. Some disruptions arose from the concrete aspects of the rehearsal situation itself; some of these fed the creativity while others caused tension and stress. Focusing on experiencing disruptions seems to have fostered a warm, caring atmosphere and acceptance towards mistakes, unfinishedness, and individuality. Aiming to provide the audience with experiences of disruption, Names of Plants combined a collage-like collection of elements with a unified, cohesive aesthetic quality throughout the performance. The elements were created through collecting autobiographical material from the participants as well as crafting scenic ideas from the experiences come upon during the exercises. The collage-like structure allowed for a diversity of autobiographical voices and was intended to provide opportunities for the audience to self-identify with, to recall past unexpected moments, and to experience new ones. The audience members found various unexpected elements in the performance, even in the kind of artistic context where people expect to be surprised.
  • Turkki, Nella (2020)
    This research aims to examine methods of an artistic-pedagogical process and their potential for working with a diverse group. The theoretical reference point is EcoJustice education, a framework for ecologically and socially just pedagogy. The two research questions are: (1) How can my artistic-pedagogical methods as a dance pedagogue open a dialogue about climate crises, fostering more ecologically and socially just awareness in diverse groups? Moreover, (2) how do my pedagogical methods utilised in the given process of ILMA relate to the EcoJustice framework? The basis of this research is the artistic process of the devised dance performance ILMA (Finnish for “air”) which is the artistic part of my artistic-pedagogical thesis. ILMA is a dance performance about climate emotions and nature relationships in today’s world, and it premiered at the Zodiak New Dance Centre in Helsinki, Finland on 7th of March 2020. The working group of ILMA consisted of a diverse group of people from various backgrounds and aged between 14–84 years, a scenographer, light designer and musician and myself as the facilitator and director. The 13 performers of ILMA were found through an open call and workshop that handled the emotions related to climate change through dialogue, autobiographical writing and dance improvisation. The pedagogical dance practices turned out to foster connection and a sense of belonging in the group, that allowed the participants to reflect on their narratives concerning the bigger picture of our society and the ecosystem in a supportive atmosphere. Through dance improvisation, sensing exercises and embodiment practices, the participants found possibilities to express climate emotions in creative ways of working creating movement material and scenes for the ILMA performance. The analysis of the movement-based methods was framed by three main elements of my pedagogy; diversity, connection, and belonging. From the EcoJustice point of view, dance performance projects like ILMA can also foster the connectedness and feeling of hope due to the practices of recognition and connection. EcoJustice education can also work as a framework for ecologically and socially aware dance pedagogy offering space for imagination, feeling of interconnectedness, and questioning the modern destructive behaviour. To further develop the methods utilised in ILMA, an initial framework of a Pedagogy of (Be)longing was created. The pedagogy is based on the bodily practices that foster diverse ways of knowing. With open dialogue and autobiographical practises it also advances the connection to one’s own body, the others and the more-than-human world – and that way a sense of belonging. The Pedagogy of (Be)longing will be further developed in my future studies and practices.