22Oct

Víctor Durà-Vilà: Emotions, understanding and imaginative openness in narrative dance: the case of Kenneth MacMillan’s Mayerling and Gloria

Centre for Dance Research, Adam Room, Grove House, Froebel College

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Research seminar by Víctor Durà-Vilà

Time: 5-7.30 pm

Many of Kenneth MacMillan's most successful ballets place human experience in extreme contexts and under extraordinary pressures. Naturally, this trait of MacMillan's output has significant consequences regarding the demands placed on performers and audiences. In this seminar, by focusing on MacMillan's Mayerling and Gloria, Víctor Durà-Vilà explores some of the implications derived from these demands on different aspects of our appreciation of works of dance: the nature and character of the emotions elicited from spectators, including the moral salience of these emotions; the potential for serious reflection and engagement with problematic realities of our human nature, individually and collectively; and the requirements concerning the imaginative flexibility or openness needed to make sense of MacMillan's works.

Víctor Durà-Vilà is a member of the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science, University of Leeds.