Sunday 30 October: 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Maxwell Centre, Maxwell Centre University of Cambridge Cavendish Laboratory JJ Thomson Avenue, CB3 0HE

Booking via the Festival of Ideas website

How does movement affect who we are, how we feel and how we perceive ourselves? Hear from academic researchers and dancers, and then try out some moves for yourself.

Our body boundary and how we move in space influences how we see ourselves and how we feel. Much of what happens is beneath our radar of consciousness and yet it goes on to shape our sense of self and our interactions with others.

The session will examine the moving, relational body in different scientific contents, linking biology, health, technology and philosophy. There will be short presentations on the benefits of dancing with dementia, how memories are held within the moving body, how digital technology is altering the relationships between people, and how we experience gravity and uprightness in the body.

You will then have the opportunity to try for yourself by joining in with some accessible dance moves. Movements can be performed from a chair if necessary.

Workshop presenters: Filipa Pereira-Stubbs (Director of DanceMoves), Dr Elaine Westwick (founder of Embodied Science) Dr Satinder Gill (Centre for Music and Science) and Michael Byrne (Centre for Music Performance as Creative Practice).

Filipa Pereira-Stubbs
Filipa is the Director of DanceMoves, established in 2012. She devises and delivers dance projects at Addenbrooke’s Hospital – running dance sessions on the Department of Medicine for the Elderly and the neuro-rehabilitation wards.

My hands-on session will allow you to experience directly the practices involved in inclusive and integrated movement & dance groups. An opportunity to shift and re-evaluate traditional views around dance, in particular around dance and dementia. Improvisation, creativity and technique are at the core of this practice.

Elaine Westwick
Elaine is the founder of Embodied Science, which uses the felt-sense of the body, and movement in particular, to bring science concepts to life. She has run workshops at the Wellcome Trust on Euston Road London, the Cambridge Science Festival, and in the President’s garden at St John’s College Oxford.

I will explore how the body senses gravity – how we are aware of up and down both in stillness and movement. In particular, I will encourage an exploration of the felt-sense of centre, grounding and space, and how postural uprightness effects how we feel.

Satinder Gill
Satinder is a research affiliate of the Centre for Music and Science at the University of Cambridge, and the author of the recently published Tacit Engagement: Beyond Interaction (2015).Satinder’s extensive work explores the processes that underlie knowledge transfer in human interaction, the function of rhythm in facilitating human communication, and the dynamics of technologically-mediated interaction.

Michael Byrne
Michael performs regularly within the narrative works of The Royal Ballet as an actor, and is currently completing his PhD at the University of Cambridge. Addressing themes of ageing and intergenerational creativity within Robert Helpmann’s ‘lost’ dance-dramas, Michael’s research examines the ways in which the embodied histories of senior dancers can be reclaimed and enlivened on/off stage.

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Movement, Meaning and Memory – Cambridge Festival of Ideas