Dear Body Workshop: Dance Research Studio

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Dear Body is a collaborative digital art project by Athletes of the Heart commissioned by Chats Palace Hackney.

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Dear Body is a response to the mental health and body image crisis that has been catalysed by the pandemic.

Dear Body is a collaborative digital art project by Athletes of the Heart commissioned by Chats Palace Hackney. It is conceived and directed by Artistic Director Anna Furse. Here she draws on her extensive research into issues of the body and decades of leading physical theatre and creative writing workshops internationally. Dear Body has evolved from her performance research project on anatomy that culminated in her interactive digital artwork www.iamnotapieceofmeat.com (2018).

Dear Body takes inspiration from the poetic form of the Blason, that eulogises the (love-object/woman’s) body part. The Blason was popular in the Elizabethan era, parsing the female body just as anatomy theatres were dissecting and cataloguing the body in public spectacles.

Dear Body engages with people of all ages, genders, backgrounds and abilities to invert habitual alienation from our bodies. Dear Body offers the opportunity to express and connect online, so necessary during the pandemic, and beyond. Recognising how negative body-image distorts the whole body into positive/negative parts, intensified through communicating on screens, Dear Body invites participants to produce, instead, tender Self-Blasons to their own chosen body part. By investing features of one’s own body - eyes, neck, belly - with significance, Self-Blasoning asks that we take mindful notice of our unique bodies, and appreciate living in them just as they are.

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