Writing Dance Workshop [2019-20]

Alternate Wednesdays, 12.30 - 14.00 during term-time

Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT


About

What Do We Write About When We Write About Dance?

The programme of the first year of the Cambridge Writing Dance Workshop explores questions of dance and writing: what do we write about when we write about dance, and how do we write about it? How do historical context, theoretical approaches, and the danced event relate to each other in our work? Does our dance writing differ from our writing on literature and culture, and if so, why? What kind of vocabularies are we using, and is there potential for expansion? We will be learning from each other’s expertise, and from invited speakers from the fields of dance criticism and dance studies. The focus on ‘writing dance’ will culminate in a one-day symposium on ‘dancing text’. It is envisaged that the methodological explorations of the first year of the group will lead to a more topic-based programme for a potential second year.  

One of the group’s aims is to bring discourse about social dance (so often ephemeral, dispersed, casual, non-academic, of marginal groups, found in memoirs, song lyrics, oral histories, in corners of fiction or film, or unexpected digressions in essays about other things) into proximity with discussions of performed dance and the sorts of formal notation it has brought into being.  In this way we hope to expand the available methodologies of writing dance and dance writing.

If you would like to attend and register or further information, please click here to contact the convenors.


Administrative assistance: networks@crassh.cam.ac.uk

Convenors

Convenors

Clair Wills (Faculty of English)
Deborah Bowman (Faculty of English)
Julia Guarneri (Faculty of History)
Lucia Ruprecht (Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages)
Marion Kant (Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages)
Firuza Melville (Pembroke Centre for Persian Studies)
Helen Thaventhiran (Faculty of English)
Claudia Tobin (Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, Faculty of English)
 

Faculty Advisors

Clair Wills (Professor of English Literature, Faculty of English)
Julia Guarneri (Lecturer in American History, Faculty of History)
Lucia Ruprecht (Lecturer, Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages)
Marion Kant (Lecturer, Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages)
 

Programme 2019-20

 

Writing Dance
Gestural Imaginaries
23 October 2019, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

Lucia Ruprecht (Cambridge)

Vocabularies of Dance
20 November 2019, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

Helen Thaventhiran, Rosa van Hensbergen (Cambridge)

Writing Social Dance
29 January 2020, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

Deborah Bowman,  Clair Wills (Cambridge)

Staged Dance and the Culture of the Theatre
26 February 2020, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

Grace Bockington (Bristol), Claudia Tobin (Cambridge)

Practice as Theory, Theory as Practice.
12 March 2020, Different date and venue: Judith E. Wilson Drama Studio, Faculty of English, 9 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DP

Choreography Session: Afternoon Workshop

Writing the Racialized Body
06 May 2020, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

Marion Kant, Firuza Melville (Cambridge)

Cultures of Gesture
20 May 2020, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

Julia Guarneri(Cambridge)

Symposium (Writing Dance)
05 June 2020, Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT