I was invited earlier this year to be part of a national conference on U.K. higher education.
I was part of a pannel presentation entitled “Ghosts in Dance Education,” where a number of lecturers from a variety of dance h.e. institutions brought foward provocations from the point of view of various disciplines within the field. Guided by the student voice (played admirably by Julia Gleich), we were trying to find ways of integrating history into practice. I was invited to speak for the ghost of Rudolph von Laban, which I did with utmost delight, producing a presentation that I believe will long remain a favourite in my body of work. It’s very short, and you can see it here.
Did you get the joke?
Maybe not. You have to have had some Laban training. The joke is that the entire presentation is organised as the performance of one of Laban’s own movement scales, and the text is related to the positions prescribed by the training execise.
It became somehow a metaphor for what I believe about dance, the integration of theory and practice, of history in the present, and what it means to communicate knowledge. I share it in the hope that it can remain alive and perhaps be disseminated further. Discussion of the words, the presentation format or the blog post itself are warmly welcomed.
For more information on the rest of the Ghosts in Dance pannel and its conclusions, links are on their way.