How My Body Should Move: Borderless-ness And Fluidity Of Identity Through Movement

Elisabeth Motley, University of Roehampton, Davies Studio 1

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A lecture/demonstration on how movement makes meaning that influences societal attitudes and cultural norms. Assistant Professor Motley’s ongoing movement and embodied writing performance practice challenges myths around able-ism and the social gaze on physical and cognitive variance. Led by Motley’s own neurological encephalitis, the research practice examines the structures that define freedoms of the body and links to overarching themes within Disability Artistry. Developed as a 2018 Brooklyn Arts Exchange Grant recipient (NY. USA).

Elisabeth Motley is a New York-based choreographer, teacher and performer. Most recently, Motley received a 2018-2019 Fulbright US-UK Scholar Award and Brooklyn Arts Exchange Grant. Her work has been presented at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Gibney Dance, Festival Oltre Passo – Italy, Springboard Danse Montreal, Danspace Project, Movement Research at Judson, The Chocolate Factory Theater, Joyce SoHo, and The Whitney Museum among others. She has been an Artist in Residence at Chez Bushwick, Center for Performance Research, and New York Live Arts. Motley has performed the works of Yvonne Rainer, Pat Catterson and collaborated with Trisha Brown on a series of improvisational structures from 2011-2013. Elisabeth holds a BFA from the Juilliard School and MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College. She is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Marymount Manhattan College and has previously taught at The Juilliard School, Snow College, Manhattanville College, and Bowdoin College. www.elisabethmotley.com