P04
The material culture of dance
Convenors:
Jonathan Skinner (University of Roehampton)
Andree Grau (University of Roehampton)
Location:
Victoria Rooms Recital Rm
Start time:
8 April, 2009 at 9:00
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

This panel will look at the material culture of dance. We are interested in papers which look at dance artifacts from pre-antiquity to the present.

Long abstract:

This panel will look at the material culture of dance. We are interested in papers which look at dance artifacts from pre-antiquity to the present. Dance - typically an instantaneous act and art of the present - has been recorded in various ways: on rock walls, on pots, in sculpture, in sand, on canvas, on paper, as text, in slides, in film, and now - in digital. We are interested in the symbolism of dance, in what it means to be portrayed as well as how it is portrayed and 'captured' - if it is possible to represent what Langer refers to as this 'virtual power'. How has the material culture of dance changed and has it been for the better? We invite papers focusing upon individual dance artifacts as well as papers which look at the transformation in the representation of dance. Whether it is pair of dance shoes, a painting of dancers, an instructional DVD, or an ancient carving, we are interested in the diverse material culture of dance