Friday 23rd April
17:00 – 19:00 GMT/18:00 – 20:00 CET
Falling Through Dance and Life book launch
Moderated by Martin Hargreaves
LIVE ON ZOOM
During this talk Emilyn Claid and Martin Hargreaves will discuss ideas and practices in the book, FALLING through dance and life (Claid 2021).
Movement based performers ground their practices in understanding the interplay of gravity and the body. The physical, metaphorical and psychological impact of these practices informs the theories and perspectives presented in the book.
As falling can be dangerous and painful, encouraging people to do so willingly might be considered a provocative premise. Western culture generally resists falling because it provokes fear and represents failure. Out of this tension a paradox emerges: falling, we are both powerless subjects and agents of change, a dynamic distinction that enlivens discussions throughout the writing.
Emilyn, in conversation with Martin, will discuss how a simple act of falling builds momentum through eclectic discussions, uncovering connections to shame, laughter, trauma, ageing, the thrill of release and the fixation of Western culture on uprightness and supremacy.
“Falls in the time of concurrent disasters are metaphors, material and the means whereby we recalibrate what it means to be alive. Emilyn Claid’s immensely readable writing offers readers a vertiginous ride and an encounter with limits. Inviting moving off the page, her call to incorporate the experiential, the reflective and the psycho-somatic through revitalising our attention to how to fall freely, badly, carefully and madly invigorates dance and performance scholarship through sensuous and dynamic critical engagement. Emilyn’s compelling kinesthetic story is woven through her history of dance’s relationships with gravity, making this an illuminating and deeply moving biography of the fall.” – Carol Brown, University of Melbourne, Australia