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Choreograph Reaction

HowUse the newsprint choreographs to spur conversation, physical movement, guided imaginary, or new activities. Why“Bodies are connected through intensities of composition that in turn produce new bodies” (Manning, 2007: xvi) Dancers and choreographers have long used notation systems as a way to document work for preservation and to be reenacted by future dancers (see Ann […]

Everyday Body Use

HowAsk participants to share ways they currently use or have previously used their bodies. Invite them to write down anything that comes to mind or seems relevant to their body. WhyEveryday Body Use was designed after reflecting on Expert Knowledge activity. How do researchers decide what to focus on? What is important to the research […]

Movement Charades

HowUsing movements generated by the group in activities AP, EK, and EBU, create a collection of cards with a movement on each. One person chooses a card and communicates the movement to the group without disclosing what is on the card. Participants can communicate the movement by physically acting out the scenario or by verbally […]

Expert Knowledge

HowInvite participants to write down movements of which they are experts. The activity should be done as a group or in smaller groups. Encourage the group(s) to generate as many ideas as they can. Then, in the group, ask each person to communicate their knowledge. They can do so through a physical showing, a verbal […]

Association Popcorn

HowAsk a participant to make a simple motion. Invite everyone to mimic the motion to the best of their ability and call out associations that come to mind. An association will spark new, related movements and subsequent associations. The activity is intended to move quickly. Thus, participants should be encouraged to shout anything that comes […]

Guided Imagery

How Ask participants to close their eyes. Read the narrative. Invite participants to respond in any way (physical, auditory, etc.) they feel inspired to during the reading. After you have finished the script, ask participants to respond. Narrative You find yourself in a kitchen. It might be yours or somebody else’s. Make note of where […]

Project Background

The body that is beyond skin, networked, posthuman, immaterial, fluid, complex, mobile, multiple, affective, and enacted requires a reconsideration of the tools and methods we use for studying the body in motion. The challenge extends beyond merely “imagining a fluid, ever-changing body, a body containing turbulence and instability, in constant motion” (Martin, 2000: 123).” The […]