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Scholars Day: April 10, 2013

Recuperating in the Act: Somatic-Driven Choreography

In a world motivated by high levels of productivity and constant creation of objects, means of recuperation exist in a separate box. Many dancers find times of solace and restoration in somatic practices – routines, techniques and exercises encouraging greater ease of movement, and increasing levels of injury prevention. Although somatic practices developed as methods of internal exploration, it is apparent there is potential to develop these methods for external performance applications. Can these methods of increasing body awareness and mobility be manipulated for choreography? Do somatic practices need to remain separate, or can choreographers add them to their toolboxes of creativity? This presentation will explore these questions through an examination of works by choreographers such as Kelly Adorno of SomaticMovers, Eva Karczag and Barbara Mahler in the search for an easily achieved correlation between dancers’ somatic practices and its influence in choreography.

Presenter: Bethany Fagan (Graduate Student)
Topic: Dance
Location: Hartwell Dance Theatre
Time: 9 am (Session I)
Please note that presentation times are approximate. If you are interested in attending sessions with multiple presentations, please be in the room at the start of the session.