Discussion Forum: Ghosts and Spectres in Dance Higher Education Supported by DanceHE

The following colleagues will be sharing provocations at the discussion forum on 22 March at the artsdepot (North Finchley):
 
Professor Molly Faulkner (Chair of Performing Arts Department, Palomar College, San Marcos, California) – “Ghostbusting, risk-taking and ballet style”
 
Fenella Kennedy (Dancer, Analyst and Lecturer, Ohio State University) – “The ghost of Rudolph Laban: maximising the potential of Labanotation, Kinetography, and Choreutics in choreography, analysis and education”
 
Dr Avanthi Meduri (Reader in Dance and Performance Studies and Convener South Asian Dance Studies, Roehampton University, London) – “Ghosts and Spectres in Asian Dance Higher Education”
 
Maria Salgado (Senior Lecturer, Kingston University, London) – “Ghosts in the making: historiographical approaches to choreography in Higher education”
 
Dr Kathrina Farrugia (Lecturer in Dance Studies, Faculty of Education, Royal Academy of Dance, London) – “Ghosts, history, repertoire and the canon”
 
Julia K. Gleich (Head of Choreography, London Studio Centre and Faculty,

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance) – “

 From music videos and SYTYCD to classical ballet and improvisation, A-levels and youth groups, how do students’ ghosts relate to our own? The embodiment of students’ past study and pedagogic culture along with personal dance form hierarchies.”

 
Respondents:
Laura Weston (Performer, Teacher of Movement, Guildford School of Acting and Lecturer/Teacher, London Studio Centre)
Louise Kelsey (Lecturer in Dance Technique, School of Performing Arts, Middlesex University)
Dr Lise Uytterhoeven (Senior Lecturer and Head of Learning and Teaching, London Studio Centre)
 
Attendance at this discussion forum is free, but reservation is essential. Please email lise@londonstudiocentre.org to book your place by Friday 14 March 2014
 
More info below:
  
Saturday 22 March 2014, 10am-2pm
Gallery, London Studio Centre
artsdepot, 5 Nether Street, North Finchley, London N12 0GA
 
We are creating a discussion forum for teachers of Dance in HE to foreshadow an hour-long debate at the forthcoming HEA Arts and Humanities “Heroes and Monsters: extra-ordinary tales of learning and teaching in the Arts and Humanities” conference (to be held in Manchester on 2-4 June 2014). 
 
The HEA conference call, which addresses all of the Arts and Humanities, highlights concerns that are especially relevant to dance and we hope to create an opportunity to meet other dance educators in a focused environment to consider these. The HEA invites us ‘to explore the everyday business of learning and teaching through metaphor and narrative, and so transfigure the “taken-for-grantedness” of academic practice into fantastic tales of the unexpected’.
 
For the discussion forum, we are especially interested in “Ghosts and Spectres”, indicating that ‘pedagogical practices carry spectral traces of their disciplinary histories they at once inscribe and erase.’Participants are invited to engage in a ‘ghostbusting’ process to reveal the unspoken assumptions, skills and processes that constitute the ‘disciplinary unconscious’ of dance education, so that we can enhance student learning.
 
A range of colleagues will be doing brief, playful, and/or theatrical provocations (10-15 minutes) in order to share approaches to teaching and learning. We are particularly interested in the following questions:
 
The ghosts of several influential dance artists “haunt” the discipline. Who are they? What are these ghosts saying to the emerging dance artists of today? In a role play, what kind of dialogue might we engage in with these ghosts?
What is the value of teaching certain identifiable dance techniques? What are the alternatives?
What kinds of creative processes are held in higher regard than others? Why are others considered less interesting?
What is the relationship between dance history and HE? What role does HE play in the formation, validation and reification of dance’s history?
What kinds of writing skills do we expect students to develop, and to what end?
We aim to shape the submitted ideas in a dramaturgical way that recognises key trends in what dance colleagues are interested in in relation to the above questions. We also intend to stimulate the exchange of different views/voices, rather than represent a unified point of view.
 
The event organising committee consists of Julia Gleich (Head of Choreography at London Studio Centre & Technique Faculty at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance) and Dr Lise Uytterhoeven (Senior Lecturer & Head of Learning and Teaching at London Studio Centre).