Hi Jinx

Liz Aggiss, Billy Cowie

Research output: Other contribution


This embodied presentation is a response to the relationship between archive and repertoire, researcher and performer. Investigating the shifting nature of live practice, this research takes new narratives from old forms, attends to the transgressive, subversive expressive aging and fleshy body that exceeds expectations of what ‘this’ particular dancing body should be doing and where she should be doing it, whilst developing live routes that push boundaries of presentation within conventional dance practice. These initiatives demonstrate the relationship between fact and fiction, and ask the audience to consider a fresh approach to contextualising practice within a broad contemporary dance framework. Hi Jinx pays homage to the ‘mythic’ seminal early twentieth century dancer, choreographer and filmmaker Heidi Dzinkowska. This Performance Lecture crumbles icons and rules and asks: why do we create historical icons? Exploring artifice, both on stage and screen, this Performance Lecture is constructed as a documentary theatre offering expert witness and exposing theatrical devices. Attending to the impact of fiction in real stories alongside fictionalising history, Hi Jinx devises a method to create an authentic history and aims to dissolve distinction between fact and fiction and offer both as real experiences. The construction of authenticity on stage is both contradiction and artificial and this intellectual performance ‘game’ discriminates, deconstructs and distinguishes fiction from non-fiction.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherLiz Aggiss; Billy Cowie
Place of PublicationBrighton, UK
Publication statusPublished - 2006

Bibliographical note

Hi Jinx was originally conceived in 1995 and commissioned by the University of Surrey's Choreographic Laboratory and premiered at Border Tension Conference April 20 1995. Since then it has been reworked and revised to its current form.
Hi Jinx is a comment to the spectator’s willingness to be manipulated, but also to our position as voyeurs.
Anna Ãngstrom Svenska Dagbladet 2006-09-03

2008 Rensselaer Institute, Troy USA, http://empac.rpi.edu/events, The Point Eastleigh
2006 IMZ Screen Dance Festival Corn Exchange Brighton, ADF Durham University, North Carolina USA, Shoot Festival, Modernes Theatre Stockholm Sweden, Kinodance Festival, British Council Offices St Petersburg Russia


  • dance
  • choreography
  • dance film
  • performance lecture


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