Performance Matters: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Performers’ Practice, Health and Wellbeing
Performance is commonly explored within a specific domain, such as music, dance, theatre or sport. Although increasingly researched and theorised by academics as an overarching phenomenon, the findings of such research are not always embraced by the experts whose domains are studied. In this BAPAM training day, we examine what performance means across apparently unrelated contexts in order to consider how insights from one domain illuminate practice in another. We draw on personal experience of the fields of surgery (Roger Kneebone) and music (Aaron Williamon), selected from numerous possible examples, in order to highlight similarities and differences between areas of practice which at first sight seem remote. On closer inspection, each can be seen as an embodied practice where much that is important lies beyond the reach of words and must be directly experienced to be apprehended. We then explore the implications of embodied practice for the health and wellbeing of performers. Here, we focus specifically on musical performance, discussing both the possibilities that embodied practice affords but also the range of challenges it presents in educational and professional contexts. Throughout, we highlight recent advances in simulation science as ways of understanding embodied practice better and facilitating more effective approaches to developing performance skills.
This event is part of a regular series of training days provided by the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) for health professionals, researchers and practitioners interested in performer healthcare.
The day will be led by Aaron Williamon, Professor of Performance Science at the Royal College of Music (RCM) and Roger Kneebone, Professor of Surgical Education at Imperial College London, and includes a demonstration of the Performance Simulator at the RCM Centre for Performance Science.
Lunch is included in the ticket price.
Cancellations prior to 16 October will be refunded.