Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Research Seminar with Professor Henry Daniel







When: Wednesday 30 November, 4 pm
Where: Room LR 248, London Road Building, London South Bank University


You are not here to choreograph;
you are here to write 80,000 words…
This is all wonderful but what about your choreography?


Henry Daniel is Professor of Dance and Performance Studies, at the Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada (www.henrydaniel.ca). He is a scholar, performer, choreographer, and Artistic Director of Full Performing Bodies, Daniel’s research concentrates on strengthening notions of Practice-as-Research (PaR), Arts-based-Research, and Research/Creation in Canada. He leads a group of artists and scholars who help define new parameters for excellence in these areas. He has a professional background in dance, theatre, and new media with a career that started in his native Trinidad  & Tobago and continued in the USA, Germany, the UK, and Canada.


This research presentation attempts to situate a trajectory of work that is trans-disciplinary and trans-national in context. It locates the researcher between two multi-year research/creation projects; “Project Barca: New Architectures of Memory and Identity (2011-2014) – otherwise known as Going West to Find East/Going East to Find West, and Contemporary Nomads (2016-2021), a new initiative that responds to the current and unprecedented migratory movement of large groups of people world-wide. It claims that although we are all well aware of the current refugee crisis that’s been posing enormous problems for countries all across Europe, we seem to have lost track of the fact that this is part of a much larger phenomenon that has been playing itself out through years of colonization, de-colonization and re-colonization. The project explores the dynamic maps that are constantly being performed and transformed through our bodies, maps with specific cortical and cartographic correlates that form the terrain of our socio-economic, cultural, and political lives.



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