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Spring 2014

March 13-14, 2014
Transmodernism: Intergrating the Art and Science of Movement
Dancer inside hoop
A Symposium
Thursday, March 13, 5:00-9:00 pm, Merrill Hall 131
Friday, March 14, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, Merrill Hall 131

Cosponsored with UWM's Dance Department in the Peck School of the Arts and the College of Health Sciences

FREE for UWM students and ACDFA attendees
$35 one day | $50 both days

Tickets at the door and online through Brown Paper Tickets:
All proceeds to the Ed Burgess Legacy Scholarship Fund

The way we all interact with our environment is through movement.

With an increasing dependence on technological advances, our movements have become more automated and routine, which leads to both physical and psychological stress. As habitual movers, we rarely think about how we move, and when we do we often attempt to direct ourselves as if an outside observer was providing a posture for us to imitate.

Somatic methods, such as the Alexander Technique, are one approach to affecting one's balance of intention and attention during movement within the environment. The Alexander Technique has been successfully used with a wide range of performers from elite dancers to patients with severe neurological problems or pain. This symposium brings together dance instructors, physical therapists, and Alexander Technique teachers and practitioners to discuss and experience the relations between attention and intention to action from a variety of perspectives.

Glenna Batson (PT, ScD, AT Instructor, Professor Emeritus, Duke University) is keynote speaker.

Thursday, March 13
  Arrival 4:45-5:00 pm
  Welcome and Intro talk 5-5:15 pm
  James Robey – Transmodernism in Dance 5:15-6:15 pm
  Joint Lecture about AT / PT 6:15-7:00 pm
  Exploration work / Glenna Batson 7:00-8:00 pm
  Panel discussion 8:00-9:00 pm

Friday, March 14
  Welcome and recap intro for those who are new to the symposium 9:00-9:30 am
  Lessons / one on one work / small groups demonstrations 9:45-11:45 am
  Lunch and science lecture 12 noon-1:00 pm
  Panel on PT, Dance and AT interactions 1:00-2:00 pm
  Keynote: Glenna Batson 2:00-3:00 pm

The Transmodernism symposium is based on the work Luc Vanier (Dance) and Wendy Huddleston (Kinesiology) did in their C21 Transdisciplinary Challenge Award project: Intention and Attention: Transmodernism and Integration in Human Movement Studies.

Transmodernism symposium website

Transmodernism flyer (PDF)

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