Dance and Academia: Moving the Boundaries presents:

‘Dance, Body, and Identity’

Convenor: Miranda Laurence
In partnership with Oxford Dance Forum and Dancin’ Oxford 2013

This one-day symposium brings together dance practitioners, academics and professionals from different fields, to explore concepts of Dance, Body and Identity. The day will be structured to allow much time for reflection and discussion, in an inclusive and friendly environment.   All welcome.

Saturday 9th March 2013, 10am-5.30pm

Old Fire Station, George Street, Oxford

TICKETS: £20 (£18 conc); £1 off for Dancin’ Oxford pass holders, available from or 01865 305 305. Lunch is included.


Moving from the Inside: dance in anthropology
Karin Eli, Stanley Ulijaszek and Caroline Potter (Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford) and Rosie Kay (Artistic Director and choreographer)

Rosie Kay is the first choreographer appointed as Artist in Residence at the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, University of Oxford. During her year of residency, Kay will work in close collaboration with anthropologists to conduct research and develop new ways of conceptualising, understanding, and representing the eating disordered experience through a unique integration of anthropological research and contemporary dance practice.

Dancing to Revolt: Women performing the grotesque in 1970’s Britain
Rachel Gildea (University of Surrey)

This presentation addresses how the work of X6 and the New Dance movement in Britain challenged notions of the female body during 1960’s – 1980’s, and how the explosive political and social climate presented a radical context for this movement of liberation.

Thresholds of Understandings
Luke Pell (Performance Maker – Curator – Facilitator)

What are the wisdoms for living and learning that (dance) artists have to offer our worlds today and tomorrow?
A facilitated discussion session, further considering distinct and shared territories – nuanced thresholds of understanding – for individual and collective bodies of experience, visiting questions raised in the previous sessions.