Dominican University of California
 

Presentation or Panel Title

Scattered Swirls: Understanding a Fragmented Past through Embodied Knowledge

Location

Guzman 201, Dominican University of California

Start Date

4-20-2017 4:35 PM

End Date

4-20-2017 5:00 PM

Department

Music, Dance and Performing Arts

Student Type

Undergraduate - Honors

Faculty Mentor

Molly Rogers, M.F.A.

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

For my Senior Dance Project, which represents the culminating work of the Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA Program, I created a work of choreography with a chosen cast of five dancers, and explored the vast theme of memory. The choreographic process helped me narrow down and identify the specific theme I wanted to explore, namely, the relationship of memory to the physical and moving body. As the piece developed and I drew more experience from working with my dancers, I became particularly interested in how the ownership of truth exists within our bodies and what truthful knowledge is retained over time. My research led me to uncovering such topics as social memory (shared history that shapes our perception of ourselves as part of a social group), inscribed transmissions of memories and, conversely, memory as embodied cognition. These I will explore in great depth in order to show the following: retaining a strong sense of place in the physical body is more important than inscribed transmission, i.e., remembering the exact factual aspects of the past. Drawing on the process and time with my dancers as well as the final product presented onstage, Scattered Swirls will begin to uncover a source of memory that extends far beyond the mere lobes of the brain. This investigation is valuable both personally and universally, because uncovering collected knowledge can help make sense of the fading past while continuing to move through the present, for memory will always be sustained in the physical body.

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Scattered Swirls: Understanding a Fragmented Past through Embodied Knowledge

Guzman 201, Dominican University of California

For my Senior Dance Project, which represents the culminating work of the Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA Program, I created a work of choreography with a chosen cast of five dancers, and explored the vast theme of memory. The choreographic process helped me narrow down and identify the specific theme I wanted to explore, namely, the relationship of memory to the physical and moving body. As the piece developed and I drew more experience from working with my dancers, I became particularly interested in how the ownership of truth exists within our bodies and what truthful knowledge is retained over time. My research led me to uncovering such topics as social memory (shared history that shapes our perception of ourselves as part of a social group), inscribed transmissions of memories and, conversely, memory as embodied cognition. These I will explore in great depth in order to show the following: retaining a strong sense of place in the physical body is more important than inscribed transmission, i.e., remembering the exact factual aspects of the past. Drawing on the process and time with my dancers as well as the final product presented onstage, Scattered Swirls will begin to uncover a source of memory that extends far beyond the mere lobes of the brain. This investigation is valuable both personally and universally, because uncovering collected knowledge can help make sense of the fading past while continuing to move through the present, for memory will always be sustained in the physical body.