Dance contingent to present at international symposium

Academics and students from the Department of Dance will present papers at the 28th Symposium of the International Council for Traditional Music (ITCM) Study Group on Ethnochoreology. The event is being held from 7-17 July in Korčula, Croatia.

Posted: 7 July 2014

The Roehampton cohort (four academics and seven students) is the largest from a UK university and one of the biggest from a single university during the event.

One of the symposium themes is ‘dance and narratives’, and all the Roehampton academics address this theme from their area of specialism.

  • Dr Ann R. David will speak on feminine narratives of selfhood in Punjabi women’s song and dance.
  • Professor Theresa Buckland, who leads the Centre for Dance Research, will focus on narratives of disguise in English calendrical dance.
  • Professor Andrée Grau’s paper explores ‘Dance and Narratives of Womanhood: A Vision for the 21st Century’. 
  • Dr Tamara Tomic-Vajagic will discuss how dancers create stories for themselves when performing ‘plotless’ ballets.
  • Dr David, Professor Buckland, and Professor Grau will also chair sessions.

In her representation, PhD student Deborah Williams will outline her research into transformation experiences of 'non-trained' dancers. In addition, six graduates from the Choreomundus master’s programme (Choreomundus - International Master in Dance Knowledge, Practice, and Heritage), who completed their degree at Roehampton in June will also present.

Dr Ann R. David, Head of Dance said: “This is the most important meeting of academics interested in the research, documentation, and interdisciplinary study of traditional dance’. The exceptional number of speakers from Roehampton is testament to the department’s strength, standing, and expertise in this field.”

Full event details can be found on the ITCM website


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