Where Dance, Science, Somatics and Glenna meet on the international stage
Fulbright Senior Specialist Residency at Bath, UK completed!
Glenna completed a Fulbright Senior Specialist residency at Bath Spa University during October 2019. Check out the highlights.
New associate researcher role for an institute on relational intelligence
Glenna will be joining the Institute for the Study of Somatic Communication, under the direction of veteran Contact Improvisers, Nita Little and Defne Erdur. Her role in the ISSC will be as an associate researcher. BIOsketch
New Adjunct Post at Duke University
Come January 2020, Glenna will teach a new course for the Duke University Dance Department Masters in Fine Arts entitled:
Somatic Embodiment for the 21st Century
Throughout much of the 20th century, somatic education (Somatics) was a powerful force that slowly changed the face of dance training. The change took time — approximately seven decades — for Somatics to shift from merely being a curricular ‘adjunct’ of dance conditioning, to emerging sui generis as a powerful medium for training reflective and autonomous dancers. A non-corrective approach to learning skills of technique and performance, Somatics spawned several generations of process-based movement praxis in embodiment. With the 21st century well underway, Somatics has re-surfaced as an intelligent movement-centered response to complex problems within the larger sphere of bio-politics. The founding principles and processes are evolving, aligning with potentially transforming processes for the individual dancer and promoting societal wellbeing. Somatic experts and somatically-informed dance activists, are re-negotiating issues of control – of ourselves and of our environment. What lessons can we learn from the living history of Somatics that challenge compartmentalized, reductionistic methods of teaching and learning? How can emergent somatic pedagogies help foster autonomy? The course will engage students in mining the hallmarks of embodied somatic praxis. Classes will draw from the history of Somatics and its scientific and psychosocial underpinnings in forming a critique around current societal issues. By reframing Somatics as emancipatory and ethical dance education, students will actively address the over-arching questions: How should we dance? How should we live?
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