23Apr

The Body of ‘No Resistance’: ethnographic research on contemporary dancers in Taiwan

Dr Chifang Chao, CDR Research Seminar, Grove House 002 (Terrace Room), 17.30 - 19.00

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Employing primary research on the ethnography of contemporary dancers in Taiwan I will explore the constant dis/institutionalization of their embodied practices. The analysis will be contextualized within the socio-cultural process, which characterises the post/modernity that is unique to Eastern Asia. I will focus on the notion of ‘no resistance’ in dancers’ bodies for it helps interconnect the multilayers of exegeses in artistic expression, visual representation, social morality, and religious healing. The exploration also brings into questions how, theoretically and methodologically, dancers’ kinaesthetic experience and creative practices can reveal the intrinsic nature of the dancing body as both individual and social.

Dr. Chi-Fang Chao joined the Department. of Dance, University of Roehampton in October 2018. She has been trained in Anthropology (BA, MA, National Taiwan University) and Dance Studies (Ph.D., University of Surrey). She currently serves on the Editorial Board for International Council for Traditional Music and has been a longstanding member of its Study Group on Ethnochoreology. Her research interests include the anthropological study of ritual and dance, dance ethnography in Okinawa, and reflexive/post-colonial dance theatre of indigenous peoples.