Dance & Academia: Moving the Boundaries What is Dance without an Audience?

Dance & Academia: Moving the Boundaries is an Oxford-based project set up in 2007 and run by Miranda Laurence.
Dance & Academia: Moving the Boundaries
What is Dance without an Audience?
A series of seminars exploring this provocative question. For academics in all disciplines, dance artists and movement practitioners, and anyone else who wants to exchange thinking about dance!
6 February: Prof Nicky Clayton and Clive Wilkins (Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge)
What is dance without an audience? An investigation beyond language and the complexity of our social interaction to explore wordless thoughts~ to include demonstrations of tango and magic.
i.               Does an audience have to be real?
ii.              Is dance without an audience merely ritual, resulting in an altered state, and if so, what kind?
iii.            Is dance without an audience simply the confirmation of a heartbeat?
iv.            Is the introspection of an intimate partner dance audience free, and if so, what is being explored?
v.              Is dance without an audience the opportunity to invent and explore realities that exist outside of the compass of shared experience?
Advance Notice: Culmination Conference Day
Saturday 3 March, 10.30-4.30
Harold Lee Room, Pembroke College, St Aldate’s, Oxford OX1 1DW
£20 – please book here (
Includes lunch and refreshments
A whole day exploring responses around questions of dance and audience. Themes will include dance in ritual and worship contexts; the role of the dance critic; a workshop on the Visual Matrix Method of accessing audience response; investigations into performer-audience connections across Bharatanatyam dance, site-specific work and other disciplines. Further information to follow shortly, or visit