A Talk By Lisa Dowler
This talk shares dance artist and researcher Lisa Dowler’s experience in the creation of a somatic dance app by Small Things Dance Collective and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, UK. The app concept evolved out of a decade of research and practice development of somatic dance and improvisation practices in the clinical setting. From the perspective that digital media cannot substitute the living presence of a dance artist, the process of creating the app investigates aspects of practice, which can be successfully communicated digitally.
This talk will be followed by a brainstorming session with Emma Meehan (Centre for Dance Research) on how dance can be translated into an app format which could be used by third level students to gain the benefits of somatic practices in relation to health and wellbeing.
Lisa Dowler is an independent dance artist, researcher and Artistic Director of Small Things Dance Collective. Her work draws on the philosophy and practice of improvisation and Body Mind Centering and, in both performance and participatory contexts, has sought to explore the significance of dance improvisation beyond conventional settings. Lisa was also a Senior Lecturer in Dance at Edge Hill University from 2007-2015 and has been principal investigator on two research projects dance and somatic practices in hospitals funded by Lottery Fund Awards for All, Arts Council England, and Edge Hill University.
Dr. Emma Meehan is a Research Fellow at Coventry University’s Centre for Dance Research. She received her BA and PhD from the Drama Department, Trinity College, Dublin. Her doctoral thesis focused on how wellbeing and creativity combined in the work of Irish choreographer Joan Davis who works with somatic approaches Authentic Movement and Body Mind Centering. Emma is an associate editor for Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices, and co-convenor of the Performance as Research Working Group at the International Federation for Theatre Research.
Date and Time
The Grass, Disruptive Media Learning Lab
3rd Floor, Lanchester Library