Participants in Dialogue 3: How to Make Sense of Somatic Practice in Dance?

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During all the Intensive Study Programs Re-Thinking Bodies in Antwerp, Re-Designing Spaces in Tilburg and Re-Defining Careers in Prague organized as part of the Erasmus+ project Inclusive Dance a variety of practice-led research was executed. One element of the research were short interviews with participants of the programs, mainly students from the participating academies.

In the ‘Participants in Dialogue Series’ we share some of fragments and compilations of those interviews. We choose to do so to represent a realistic frame of how the participants received the program content and think on the topic themselves. The participants that were interviewed are dance students, one dance recreative invited by Antwerp Conservatory and dance teaching students from Duncan Centre Conservatory, Fontys Dance Department and Antwerp Conservatory.

A variety of thoughts and interests is shared, but also common ground on the different topics. Anne-Marije van den Bersselaar from Fontys Dance Department performed the talks in between inclusion dance workshops and interviews. She is part of the Erasmus+ Inclusive dance team as researcher and content designer.

The interviews below are filmed during the ISP Re-Defining Careers last May 2016 in Prague. The focus of the workshops during the day were on somatic practice, where body and mind connect. How to take care of your body? How to listen to your body, how to find balance in a holistic perspective were combined with lectures on dance and health and coaching strategies to let dance students make more transfers with their valuable skill sets. This particular compilation film shows a critical reflection of some students of Conservatory Antwerp and Fontys Dance Department on what somatic practice could bring to their profession as well as into the academic institution.

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