Wright-ing the Somatic
Dance and Writing Professional Practice Symposium
As scholars, artists and practitioners of dance we understand that the embodied experience underpins meaning making, but how is this somatic understanding captured and shared as knowledge without disrupting its corporeal origins?
Why is it important to share and communicate embodied knowing? How are choreographic processes,
and other explorations in movement become methodology for understanding the lived experience? How
do we articulate and give importance to Practice as Research within the field of dance, when we are
seeing funding for arts activity constantly being cut?
In partnership with the ISTD and One Dance UK, this symposium will explore how we craft the somatic
and document that inquiry from ‘in physicality’ to ‘in text’. We will bring together existing published
academics, visual documenters of movement – photography and film-, movers, and choreographers
practicing professionally in the field.
Anita Gonzales (founding member of Urban Bush Women) and John R. Diehl (dance photographer)
Guest contributors include Vida Midgelow, Adesola Akinleye, Helen Kindred, Michael Joseph, H. Patten,
Sandra Golding, Maxine Brown and Fummi Adewole