An exploration of the collaborative processes of making theatre inspired by science
Dowell, E. and Weitkamp, E. (2011) An exploration of the collaborative processes of making theatre inspired by science. Public Understanding of Science, 21 (7). pp. 891-901. ISSN 0963-6625
Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0963662510394278
This research examined the collaborative processes of making theatre inspired by science through the analysis of 16 semi-structured interviews with individual collaborators (eight theatre practitioners and eight scientists). Interviews explored experiences, including their motivations, working processes, challenges, learning and understanding. Roles of scientists in the collaboration ranged from expert advisor to equal creative collaborator. Factors affecting partnerships included curiosity for each other’s practice, social interaction and mutual respect. The research suggests that scientists could be motivated to undertake‘Sci-Art’ collaborations through personal interest, as well as previously identified motives such as encouragement from their department. The project also identified benefits to researchers from such collaborations, including developing new perspectives on their own practice.
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