November 2010


Dance and Academia: Moving the Boundaries

Dancin’ Oxford 2011 Programme –

CALL FOR PAPERS

The Dancin’ Oxford Festival 2011 will run from 19th February to 19th March, including a variety of events in its programme, ranging from performances by national and international dance companies and local professional artists, to participatory activities such as the Dance-a-Thon taster sessions.

Dance and Academia: Moving the Boundaries will be hosting a programme of events across the whole of the festival period. As with all Moving the Boundaries programmes, the events will be open to anyone, particularly academics and students from Oxford’s universities or beyond, and professional artists based in Oxford and beyond. The Moving the Boundaries project aims to facilitate dialogue between practitioners and academics in any field who have an interest in any aspect of dance or movement. Oxford is a city with a rich academic heritage and is also host to a strong community of professional dance practitioners. Moving the Boundaries aims to be a genuinely interdisciplinary platform where intersections between research and practice in dance can be explored.

This year’s Dancin’ Oxford programme is entitled ‘Dance in Body, Dance in Mind’. There will be three evening seminars leading up to a half-day plenary event. Each of these will stand alone or work as part of a series. As in the past, each seminar will have two talks on a related theme, one from an academic, the other from a practitioner’s perspective. Presentations can be given in any format; inclusion of practical elements, or an exploration of the intersection between practice and research, is particularly welcome. The events will take place in a range of venues in Oxford city centre, both University and non-University spaces, to reflect the interdisciplinary ethos.

This is a call for contributions to either the seminar series or the plenary event. Papers/talks/presentations/lecture-demonstrations/workshops are invited that explore any aspect of the theme ‘Dance in Body, Dance in Mind’, and might address any of the following areas:

Relationships: between mind and body, movement and thought, language and choreography, etc

Emotion/Empathy/Emotiveness

Health/Wellbeing/Psychology/ Dance and Movement Therapy

Integrated dance/Ability and Disability

Neuroscience/Sports and Dance Science

Ageing / the Older Body

Spatial awareness/Embodiment

Interpretation/Appreciation/Representation

Learning/Education

Philosophy/Aesthetics/Critical thought and theory

Gender/Sexuality

Politics/Culture/Dance History

Digital Media/Film/Music/Visual Arts

Proposals from any academic field and any practice of dance/movement arts are welcome.

Presentations (of whatever form) should be 20-30 minutes long. An important feature of the programme is to make ample space for in-depth discussion. Presentations that include participatory workshop elements are welcome, although please bear in mind that there will be participants with a diverse range of backgrounds and experience.

Please submit a provisional title together with a brief description of initial ideas (around 100 words), or a full abstract (up to 500 words) if the idea is more developed, to Miranda Laurence, curator of Moving the Boundaries, by 30th November 2010

If you would like to see an issue or question raised but would rather not give a full presentation, please also respond as there may be room to bring more general questions for open discussion at the final plenary event.

DATES

Seminars will take place on Monday evenings: 21st and 28th February, and 7th March 2011, with a culminating conference-workshop on Saturday 19th March during the afternoon and early evening. Please specify which dates you can make along with your submission.

Please do not hesitate to contact Miranda for any further information or to discuss any initial ideas, or indeed to provide comments or suggestions about the programme.

Project History:

Dance and Academia: Moving the Boundaries is an Oxford-based project set up and run by Miranda Laurence.  The project aims to facilitate dialogue between practitioners and academics in any field who have an interest in any aspect of dance or movement. Oxford is a city with a rich academic heritage and is also host to a strong community of professional dance practitioners. Moving the Boundaries aims to be a genuinely interdisciplinary platform where intersections between research and practice in dance can be explored.

Moving the Boundaries has hosted a day-long conference and a seminar series as part of Dancin’ Oxford festivals 2008 and 2009 and individual seminars in Oxford in 2010.  Academics and practitioners taking part have come from a wide variety of fields and artistic influences. Most are based in or near Oxford, and have represented institutions in Oxford and also further afield. Speakers have come from a variety of academic backgrounds including anthropology, literature, classics and music, and with influences from practices including physical theatre, intergenerational practice, ballet, and the visual arts.

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Dante in the Chapel

What do you know about Dante’s Divine Comedy?…  Well, if you’ve read it, you’ll surely recognize a lot of it in this show, if not, you’ll get an impressionistic view of what it’s about…
In any case, you can let yourself be lead by this dramatic programme of music, dance, and poetry through Dante’s vision of Hell, Purgatory and Paradise.

Come and watch “Dante in the Chapel”, presented by Ballet in Small Spaces, on Sunday 28th November 2010, at 8pm, in the Chapel of Mansfield College,  Mansfield Road, Oxford (OX1 3TF).

Musicians of the Cappé Sextet will perform work by Beethoven, Ligeti, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Jeremy Thurlow and Roxanna Panufnik.  “That Second Realm” composed by Jeremy Thurlow, and “This Paradise” by Roxanna Panufnik have been choreographed by Susie Crow and will be performed by seven Oxford dancers: Laura Addison, Emily Coats, Jane Connelly, Dana Mills, Katie Swancutt, Ségolène Tarte, Giulia Wegner.  Extracts from The Divine Comedy will be read by poet and Dante translator, Robin Kirkpatrick. This programme, originating in last year’s Experience Dante project at Robinson College, Cambridge, was presented in July at the Cambridge Summer Music Festival. http://www.concert-diary.com/concert/64178650/The-Dante-Project-Ballet-in-Small-Spaces

To book for the performance, please get in touch with Dana Mills: danale81@gmail.com.

DANCE AND ACADEMIA – MOVING THE BOUNDARIES

December Seminar: Movement, Touch, Emotion

Monday 6
th December, 6.00-8.00pm

Outreach Room, Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St
Giles, Oxford

Small donation appreciated to cover costs.

Bonnie Kemske

Dance, Movement, and Community: object, dancer, and audience interaction

Drawing on a participatory dance event held at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Cambridge and subsequent reflection and theoretical development, this paper will explore how object-focused movement can draw together dancers and the
public.

Bonnie Kemske holds a PhD from the Royal College of Art on touch and sculptural ceramics. She works as an artist-researcher, producing both sculptural ceramics and theoretical writings. She is also the Editor of the international magazine Ceramic Review.

Ella Clocksin

Connective tissue? How does physical touch and movement relate to being metaphorically or emotionally touched or moved?

An exploration of how the senses of touch, include those of motion, movement, balance, stability and gesture, might relate to being moved emotionally. Ella will draw on her practice-based research in contemporary art performance to camera to create a discussion that includes the experiences of both performer and viewer.

Ella Clocksin is based in Oxford and has just completed a Fine Art MA at Winchester School of Art, investigating visual and tactile-somatic perception. Her research focuses on the less readily articulated aspects of experience, patterned subliminally within the body and its movements. These include paradoxical experiences of presence/absence, closeness/distance, embodied emotion, and bodily knowing before the conscious mind formulates language.

Project History

Dance and Academia: Moving the Boundaries
is an Oxford-based project set up and run by Miranda Laurence. The project aims to facilitate dialogue between practitioners and academics in any field who have an interest in any aspect of dance or movement.  Oxford is a city with a rich academic heritage and is also host to a strong community of professional dance practitioners. Moving the Boundaries aims to be a genuinely
interdisciplinary platform where intersections between research and practice in dance can be explored.

Moving the Boundaries
has hosted a day-long conference and a seminar series as part of the Dancin’ Oxford festivals 2008 and 2009 and individual seminars in Oxford in 2010.  Academics and practitioners taking part have come from a wide variety of fields and artistic influences. Most are based in or near Oxford, and have represented institutions in Oxford and also further afield. Speakers have come from a variety of academic backgrounds including anthropology, literature, classics and music, and with influences from practices including physical theatre, intergenerational practice, ballet, and visual arts.

 


CALL FOR PAPERS

*Thinking Through Dance: The Philosophy of Dance Performance and Practices*

Saturday 26th February 2011, 9:00 – 17:00, Froebel College, Roehampton
University, London.

This conference explores the philosophical questions raised by and in dance.  Relatively under-theorised as it has been in the history of aesthetics, dance presents fertile ground for philosophical enquiry.  Abstracts are invited for papers and (part-) practical presentations of 30 minutes (plus 15 minutes discussion time) on topics including, but not limited to, the following. Papers and presentations in any philosophical tradition are welcome.

Dance and embodiment

Dance meaning and artistic intention

Expressivity and the dancing body

Representation in dance

The ontology of dance

Authentic performance

Dance at the intersection of analytic and continental philosophy

Deadline for submission: *15th November 2010* (presenters will be notified of acceptance by 17th December 2010). Panel for selection of abstracts/papers includes: Graham McFee, Jenny Bunker, Sara Houston, Geraldine Morris, Anna Pakes & Bonnie Rowell. Please e-mail your abstract and contact/affiliation details (on a separate sheet) in MsWord or PDF format to Julia Noyce: Julia.Noyce@roehampton.ac.uk.

Organised by Roehampton University Dance Department.