Photo credit: Still from The Injunction by Sam Williams and Joe Moran

Radar explores movement with meaning in online discussion event

Through discussion and film, the Movement with Meaning: Dance, Identity, Knowledge online event on 24 February, 7pm-9pm will explore how dance produces meaning for audiences and dancers.

Engaging with Kathak, ballet, contemporary and vernacular dance forms, it considers how dance intersects with memory, migration and identity.  

The event will feature Loughborough Senior Lecturer, Arianna Maiorani’s recently published book Kinesemiotics: Modelling how choreographed movement means in space which offers a new adaptable model and means of analysis for understanding forms of movement-based communication, such as dance, that use a codified language system shared by a community of users.

Following this there will be a screening of Sam Williams and Joe Moran’s short film, The Injunction, which uses footage from Radar-led workshops that explores embodied knowledge with dancers and wrestlers.

Dancers, choreographers, artists and academics who contributed to the forthcoming Bodies of Knowledge book, edited by Radar producer Laura Purseglove, will then discuss how dance uses the body and how bodies use dance to tell stories about who we are, have been, and might become.

Bodies of Knowledge is a Radar project made up of three discrete commissions using performance and experimental documentary to explore the body as a site for the production and retention of knowledge. The book will be published in the spring of this year by Radar and LADA.

David Bell, Radar producer commented: “'Knowledge is often associated with the mind, with speech and writing understood as the main ways in which it's communicated. But the body is also a site of knowledge, and dance has been used throughout history and across cultures to build and share an understanding of who we are and who we might be. This event will dig into these issues, and consider how artistic methods can be used to explore this.”

More information on the contributors is available here.

The event is free but booking is essential.