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Scholars Day: April 10, 2013

The Subtleties of Social Acceptance/Occupants: Movement Dynamic

Human bodies in history and in present offer a provocative kaleidoscope of dynamic movement. The ubiquity of movement as a social medium is a thermometer of social change. Human movement is a non-verbal language that conveys unique and distinct meanings. The dynamics of motion play important aesthetic and political roles if and when the movers as voice and the audience as ear accept their responsibilities and obligations. Through manipulation the use of trusted choreographic tools translate raw ideas into movement then mused to a level of communication by both viewers and performers. Evoking the interplay of physical, societal and visceral politics to stray from the phobia of change the researcher argues that in recent years social movements have been well-choreographed sequences of dynamic movement shaped into meaningful compositions to communicate larger ideas. Questions that guide this research include: Why particular dynamics of space and movement are used to generate meaning. What meaning is generated? Why does this meaning matter or become appealing to a wider national or global audience? How has this meaning and appeal changed over time? Through the development of Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) since the 1970ís a vocabulary has been systematically created to help describe these dynamics of movement. In this research we look at the recent Occupy Movement through the lens of its dynamics and employ the LMA system to bring a verbal understanding to the effect of movement on social change.

Presenter: Adrian Safar (Graduate Student)
Topic: Dance
Location: Hartwell Dance Theatre
Time: 10:55 am (Session II)
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