The Dancing Word

An Embodied Approach to the Preparation of Performers and the Composition of Performances


The product of over eighteen years of embodied research by the author, The Dancing Word presents a systemic and phenomenological description of a contemporary intercultural theatre practice. This volume offers a blueprint for both training and collaborative performance creation that integrates the best of western laboratory theatre with the practice and ontological underpinnings of Chinese martial ( Wushu) and healing/self care ( Qigong) arts. This is a book for theatre practitioners, students, scholars, and those interested in exploring transcultural methodologies.
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Biographical Note

Daniel Mroz is a theatre director and acting teacher specializing in the physical and vocal training of performers. He leads Les Ateliers du corps, a theatre training and performance studio in Ottawa, Canada. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre at the University of Ottawa.

Table of contents


List of Figures
Preface – Master Chen Zhonghua, M.Ed.
Foreword – Professor Lisa Wolford Wylam, Ph.D.
Beginnings in Embodied Learning
Chinese Martial Arts
Principles of Performer Preparation
Principles of Performance Composition
Practice of Preparation and Composition
Performance Pedagogy in Practice
Martial Movement Training and Consciousness


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