Conferences / Annual Conference

Dance ACTions - Traditions and Transformations

June 8 – June 11, 2013
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Trondheim, Norway

And International Joint Conference in Dance Research
Presented by The Nordic Forum for Dance Research (NOFOD) and The Society of Dance History Scholars (SDHS)

As embodied social action, dance affects individuals and society. Dance provides means of recreation and empowerment, support and protest, display and provocation, pleasure and entertainment. Dance and dancing activate us and transform our lives. Transformations occur in ritual dances or in dance therapy sessions, on the dance stage or during social dance events. Shared and conventionalized practices shape cultural forms of life and recognizable embodied interaction. Traditions cannot survive unless they are maintained or revived, whether by individual dance practitioners or within institutional settings. In the rich spectrum of dance phenomena, some actions and acts attract special attention from dance historians. Why and how are these acts and actions identified?

NOFOD and SDHS welcome proposals on any topic related to the theme of Dance ACTions. It is our wish to display the broad range of interest of our members as well as non-members. The presenters might consider any of the following questions:

  • Dance actions and dance acts take on various forms. What are these forms like and what is their implication on our thinking and lives?
  • Activists in diverse social settings have affected dance traditions. Who changed the histories of dance and how did they do it?
  • Traditions are re-enacted by dance revival and reconstruction. How are revival and reconstruction done? And how do they affect our understanding of dance?
  • Experimental and new dance performances draw upon a variety of influences. What kinds of dance acts and actions does current performance art enact?
  • Embodying dance actions generates specific experiential insights that might affect performance. How do we approach and theorize such observations and insights?

Additional questions:

  • How are dance actions involved in research?
  • How can dance be used as a medium for political activism?
  • How does technology actualize dance in new ways?
  • How is dance active in mass-media?