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Celebrating some of the most iconic choreographers and dance educators in Aotearoa New Zealand

The dance symposium invites dance scholars, pedagogues, curators, choreographers and practitioners to celebrate some of the most iconic choreographers and dance educators in New Zealand and to trace their history, lineage and contribution to the development of contemporary dance not only in Aotearoa New Zealand but also worldwide.

Using this as a springboard the symposium will address how performing history transmits embodied knowledge that can inform future orientations in choreographic practice and education in the field of dance studies.

A key feature of the symposium would be the work of Shona Dunlop MacTavish as one of the early exponents of the ausdruckstanz legacy that continues to influence dance as practice and research in New Zealand, Australia, the UK and America.

This symposium is part of the University of Otago's commemoration activities marking our 150th anniversary.

When and where

15-17 November 2019
Allen Hall Theatre, University of Otago, Dunedin

Presentations may address, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Dance history, theory and criticism
  • Aesthetics and identity politics
  • Authenticity and appropriation
  • Transcultural and transhistorical exchanges
  • Transmission modes of embodied knowledge
  • Dance whakapapa in the Pacific
  • Media and body representations

Register for the symposium

Leap Dance symposium registration form

Contact the symposium organiser


Keynote presenters

  • Professor Carol Brown, Head of VCA Dance, Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, University of Melbourne
  • Michael Parmenter, dancer, choreographer and teacher/researcher

Performing Artefacts conference, 18-19 November 2019 at the University of Otago

The Performing Artefacts conference considers how peoples' experiences and knowledge of 'the real' are communicated via performances involving artefacts – performances of the everyday, as well as activities explicitly labelled 'performances.'

The Performing Artefacts conference

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