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21st May 2022

What Dance Can Do

University of Chichester Dance Studio 1, Bishop Otter Campus

One day dance symposium exploring interdisciplinary dance practice

Whats On

Sat 21st May 2022, 10-5pm

In Person: Dance Studio 1, University of Chichester Dance Department, Bishop Otter Campus, College Lane, Chichester 

and Online: Via Zoom

What happens when dance and movement-based embodied research seeps across disciplinary and institutional boundaries? How does it engage people and communities beyond the Academy? How does it impact, inform, provoke and contest customary practices and processes of knowledge production and research enquiry? What methods and approaches are applied, how do they address specific social, cultural, artistic, health and wellbeing problems and agendas, and maximise opportunities for collaboration?

This one-day symposium invites dance artists, researchers, academics, movement practitioners, healthcare and wellbeing professionals and interested others from any domain or discipline to share in talks and creative exchanges that illustrate what dance and movement-based, embodied modes of enquiry ‘can do’. It encourages reflection on what dance and movement-based modes of thinking and doing bring to a range of contexts (such as health and wellbeing, public engagement, knowledge exchange, interdisciplinary research, performance and events) and to the exploration of pressing socio-cultural and political issues. The event aims to encourage dialogue and to share practices and approaches, it hopes to provoke debate and discussion and inspire creative thinking whilst providing opportunities for networking and the development of future research directions.

Speakers / presenters include:

Sara Wookey: Transdisciplinary researcher in choreography, architecture and museology: http://sarawookey.com/

Katie Green: Choreographer working with dance and heritage/site-specific contexts: https://madebykatiegreen.co.uk

Yael Flexer: Dance artist working with older people, dance and technology: https://flexerandsandiland.com

Jason Keenan-Smith: Senior Lecturer and Artistic Director, Three Score Dance: https://www.threescoredance.co.uk/

Vicky Hunter: Professor in Site Dance, University of Chichester: https://www.chi.ac.uk/people/victoria-hunter/

Jonathan Skinner: Reader in Event Anthropology, Univ of Surrey: https://www.surrey.ac.uk/people/jonathan-skinner

Beatrice Allegranti : Choreographer and Psychotherapist: http://www.beatriceallegranti.com/

Thea Stanton: Dance Artist and PhD researcher in Choreographic Immersion: https://www.theastantondance.com/

This event is free but places are reserved and capacity is limited

To reserve your place please follow this link:


We look forward to seeing you on Saturday 21st May 2022.

Please note: We are following the Government’s Covid-secure guidelines. Measures will be in place to ensure participation in person is in keeping with health and safety guidelines. Should the Pandemic situation change, we will move the event to a fully online delivery.