Development Program

Maya Gavish (with choreographer Kay Armstrong)

Call out for professional contemporary dancers to participate in study on choreography – ‘The Pragmatic Nature of Creativity’

‘The Pragmatic Nature of Creativity’ is being conducted by Maya Gavish (with choreographer Kay Armstrong) and supervised by Prof. Catherine Stevens from the MARCS Institute for the Brain, Behaviour and Development, Western Sydney University.

What is the study about?
The purpose is to investigate problem solving in the choreographic process.

What does the study involve?

  • choreographic tasks involving generating movement material • interview(s) by the researcher as well as questionnaires.
  • the process will be observed by the researchers and recorded with a video device.

Will the study benefit me?

  • the opportunity to collaborate with a professional team of artists
  • a platform for stretching one’s creativity and examining one’s own decision making procedures
  • a sense of experimental methods used in cognitive science

You will receive an allowance $150 for your participation.

VENUE: The Drill Hall, 1C New Beach Road, Darling Point

All aspects of the study, including results, will be pooled. The pooled results will be reported in journal articles and conference papers. Video recording will be used of research purposes and conference presentations. You may ask to view the video recordings.

The results of the experiment will contribute to current literature in dance by explaining the type of cognitive procedures involved in solving problems during choreographic processes.

Email Maya Gavish with your CV and expression of interest. You will then receive an information sheet and a consent form.

Research funded by the MARCS Institute, Western Sydney



Date & Location

Wednesday 11 January 2017, 12am - Friday 13 January 2017, 12am

CRITICAL PATH - The Drill Hall, 1C New Beach Rd, Darling Point (Rushcutters Bay), Sydney