Dance & Academia conference – Science and Dance: Finding Commonalities. 8 March 2015

DANCE & ACADEMIA: Moving the Boundaries
Science and Dance – Finding Commonalities
Sunday 8 March
Conference: 10.30-4.30                      Panel discussion: 5pm-6pm
The Jam Factory, 27 Park End Street, Oxford, OX1 1HU
Tickets £18, £15 concessions (includes lunch);  Panel discussion only: £5
To book: 01865 305 305
How can dancers and scientists collaborate, and why would they? Can dance inspire new scientific research, and can science give meaning to new choreography?
This lively and interactive day will give movement practitioners, academics, scientists and anyone interested in any aspect of movement or dance an opportunity to stretch their mental and physical muscles, exploring shared and diverging understandings of science and dance and how these might fit together.
Facilitators on the day include:
Subathra Subramaniam is a choreographer, dancer and educator. She is the artistic director of Sadhana Dance. Suba’s choreography navigates the confluence of arts and science drawing from her belief that dance can play a part in the public understanding and engagement with scientific concepts. Her work combines contemporary choreography and Bharata Natyam, an ancient South Indian dance form.
Bronwyn Tarr recently completed her doctoral thesis at University of Oxford, Social and Evolutionary Neuroscience Research Group, in which she managed to formally integrate her interests in social behaviour and dance. She advocates the use of dance as an ecologically and culturally valid platform for scientific research into topics of motor-coordination, music psychology, social agency and even autism therapies. 
The Captured Thought is a collaboration between Nicky Clayton, Professor of Comparative Cognition and also Scientist in Residence at Rambert, and Clive Wilkins, Artist in Residence, both based in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge. The opportunity for an artist to collaborate uniquely with a scientist arose out of a chance encounter on one of life’s dancefloors. A tango dance floor in fact…
In partnership with Dancin’ Oxford 2015 and Oxfordshire Science Festival. All welcome.