Embodying Social Advocacy

Samantha Mitchell Megan Brumbill Christine Mccullough Mary McGorey Janelle Orser
Under the direction of Sherrie Barr, Theatre

Whether on or offstage or in or out of the classroom, social advocacy is integral to dance. Choreographers often engage elements of social advocacy in order to empower dancers in their learning and understanding of dances. This notion is critical for students as their education enhances awareness of the art form. Such empowerment invites them to have ownership – in movement vocabulary and choreographic intent. Dancers’ voices, visually and audibly, become active agents of the creative process. We are investigating ideas concerning humanity and humanitarians. A unique research model is evolving as we investigate, creatively and through scholarship on socio-political issues. An overarching question is how, if at all, do our attitudes reflect in our dancing? As we interface physical and cognitive research, we have the opportunity to arrive at new ways of embodied knowing.