Belated Reflection: "Pieces of Her" After CORD/SDHS Conference 2013
|This made it official ... we were in the Conference.|
It's taken me a while to write about the Congress on Research in Dance Conference 2013. I wish I could say that I got swallowed by a magical whale, taken to a strange land far away island in the middle of the Pacific, and then left to die with a stack of Haruki Murakami books and coconuts -- later to be rescued by a Greenpeace ship only to have me work the deck for a boat-ride back to California. ---- But a las, I have no such excuse. The truth is I am just simply swamped with work: both in creatively and administratively. And I am eternally grateful for this busy work, and I am still learning about time management. I suspect this may be a lesson for life.
Here I go...
It's November 16th, and Natalie Marsh and I are walking around the conference like a couple of baby chicks fresh out of an egg. Everything was rich, everything was provocative, everyone was fascinating. We even got to see a couple of UC Berkeley PhD candidate students present (Naomi Bragin and Heather Rastovac).
The events of these two days still linger in my mind. There were discussions about technology, questions behind identity in the world of education and how that plays a part in the learning experience, the appreciation and integration of different arts outside of the established ballet. There was a talk about queer tango dances in Argentina. And on top of all the lectures and research being shared, there were free performances in the lobby for people to enjoy between presentations.
We rubbed elbows with dance critics, dance scholars, educators, and people from all over the world. People sharing work and exchanging valuable ideas about the future of dance, dance education, and art. Curiously, I noticed a theme of video projection in almost all the performances.
|A series of free performances in the lobby.|
|Me talking in front of intimidating dance scholars.|
|Me dancing in front of intimidating dance scholars.|
My Reflection on the Performance
November 18, 2013
|Pieces of Her, Spring 2013 Showing|
Natalie Marsh, Rosa Navarrete and Daniella Aboody
Photo by Ariel Aboody