Lunchtime Seminar POSTPONED on Thursday 12th February 2015 , 1-1.50pm
Dr Sara Houston, Principal Lecturer in Dance at the University of Roehampton
Against the backdrop of a five-year study into dance for people with Parkinson’s, Dr Houston will examine what it means to ‘live well’ with Parkinson’s through those who participate in a dance class. She will examine how participants’ aims to ‘stand tall and step boldly’ are embodied and shaped by their dancing experience. The seminar will highlight one woman’s claim that dancing makes her feel beautiful, and, as such, is fundamental to her wellbeing. She will debate the challenge that this claim poses to those who argue that beauty in dance is at best unimportant, at worst disenfranchising. In debating this challenge she will create a link between aesthetics and health through a reformulation of the value of beauty in the context of chronic illness and wellbeing. This link will then allow her to discuss how feeling lovely could become relevant and meaningful within the context of participating in dance.
The seminar will be followed by the BU Humanisation Special Interest Group meeting from 2 -4.30pm in EB708, Lansdowne Campus. All are welcome.