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Scholars Day 2007, Wednesday, April 11

Identity & The Body In Motion: Ability Status & Gender Explored Through Movement Constructs

Dance provides non-verbal, and at times verbal cues about how choreographers come to think about the experiences and implications of the body within a larger social context. By participating in the physical doing of dance the body is capable of sending messages about what it means to have membership in a certain identity group. This presentation will focus on the ways in which choreographers and improvisers deconstruct, reinforce, or redefine social norms attributed to the identities of ability status and gender. The objective of this presentation is threefold: 1) To provide insight into the richness of movement possibilities for those with physical and visual impairments 2) To inform readers about the history of social abuse the disabled body has been subjected to. Part of this includes looking at how the arts have historically represented disability. 3) To compare historical constructs to contemporary representations by looking at how identity is choreographed on stage and negotiated through contact improvisation.

Presenter: Lyndsey Vader (Graduate Student)
Topic: Dance
Location: Hartwell Strasser Dance Studio
Time: 9:45 am (Session I)

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