Dance through the Looking-Glass: an International Conference on the Philosophy of Dance and Moving Bodies

June 1, 2012 - June 2, 2012
Faculty for Arts and Philosophy, University of Ghent

Koningstraat 18
Gent 9000

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Keynote speakers:

Catherine Botha
University of Johannesburg
Anna Pakes
University of Roehampton
Noé Soulier
University of Nanterre-Paris X
Nigel Stewart
Lancaster University

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This conference literally discovers dance ‘through the looking-glass’. It explores the possibilities of dance’s reflection through the combination and gesture of divergent philosophical ‘steps’. Philosophical studies, aesthetical theories, critical investigations, literary responses and research in the field of practice echo the wide range of scholarly lines drawn towards dance. Movements of thought are instruments or mirrors for an exploration of the nature of dance and moving bodies. This conference supports that commitment and brings the complex relation between dance and the mirror before the footlights. It also questions the way in which dancers move artistically and ‘move’ us. The formation and duplication of dancers through the looking-glass has an impact on problems of self-consciousness, body-awareness, identity and the grasp on reality. The performance of freedom in a sensible body puts the ideas of play, elevation and aesthetical judgment to the fore. Poetry and literature as a mirror for the quicksilver spirit of dance prompt us with questions on the possibility to put dance into words. Dance through the Looking-Glass makes space for these topics and moves along with their diverse interpretations.     

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June 1, 2012, 10:00am CET

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