Tracing the Interdisciplinary Practitioner: A Case Study of Eddie Ladd

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The premise of this article is that “interdisciplinarity” becomes embodied within the performance practitioner, resulting from an informal ‘training’ process that encompasses an engagement with a variety of art forms. To develop this argument I utilise philosophical frameworks based in phenomenology and theories of embodied knowledge, in order to explore how the performer has accumulated knowledge through a training and developmental process. Performance work which crosses the boundaries of supposedly separate artistic disciplines creates space and opportunity for dialogue and a fresh view upon the structures and processes used within the specific disciplines. I argue that a similar process occurs within the performer herself, and to illustrate this I will draw on examples from the work of Wales-based practitioner Eddie Ladd. I then ask questions about how to construct training experiences to foster “interdisciplinarity” as a set of skills or knowledges within the practitioner.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23 - 35
Number of pages12
JournalCyfrwng: Media Wales Journal
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2011


  • interdisciplinary
  • training
  • performance


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