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EDITION 1 - Topic board -


If dance, while it is creating culture, education and performance works, it also creates specific bodies in its wake, then it might be in our interest to question which kind of bodies are being generated, and which trails these bodies leave behind?

How does the art (of dance) contribute to new/old constructions or visions of the body?

How does the vision or construction of the contemporary body affect art (dance)?

To unpack these questions, the first edition of ScieFestival will focus on perception: tools which we use to know as well as create the world, self and other, relative as opposed to universal perception, the human being as construction, a continuous process of transformation, mutation and adaptation over time and in space.


(...)"I believe that in a cultural community’s sensorium we find refracted some of the values that they hold so dear that they literally make these themes or these motifs into “body.” In other words, a cultural community’s sensory order reflects aspects of the world that are so precious to the members of that community that (although they remain largely unconscious and habitual) they are the things that children growing up in this culture developmentally come to carry in their very bodies.. (..) These embodied forms, then, constitute vital aspects of a people’s sense of identity, and within the notion of identity, I believe, are subsumed their ideas and experiences of well-being and their conceptions of the person and the self.

- Kathryn Linn Geurts; "Culture and the Senses"


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