Symposium: Bridging the Gap: Somatic Movement and Dance Practices in Health Care

6th Mar 2020, 9:30am - 4:30pm

Edge Hill University

This symposium will bring together dance artists, somatically informed practitioners and healthcare professionals working in a range of health settings.

It aims to create a space for professionals of both fields to:

  • share interests and insights on applications of dance and somatic practices in health provision
  • discuss the boundaries of their distinct professional perspectives and philosophical paradigms
  • consider where there is a common ground
  • explore what we can learn from the success stories and the challenges of applying dance and a somatic approach to movement in health contexts
  • identify what the gaps in knowledge are, in each field of practice, and
  • consider needs, challenges and ways we can work better together in the future to design more effective and wide-reaching interventions

The symposium is organised in response to the growing, but still somewhat undefined field, of somatically informed dance practice in health settings. It aims to contribute in framing this approach as a means to better articulate its distinct focus, for the purposes of healthcare provision.

Finally, the event also aims to tend to the sustained debate between the medical paradigm and the dance and somatic informed understanding of moving, being and a sense of wellbeing.

Our symposium will be followed by a two-day course on key principles and approaches to working with patients from a somatically informed perspective (7-8th March). More information can be found here. The course will be led by Miranda Tufnell, a pioneering artist, therapist and author who has worked within health services, including general practice for a number of years, and Filipa Pereira-Stubbs dance artist, dance teacher and creative practitioner with a long-standing practice in hospitals and diverse health contexts in Cambridge and beyond. More information can be found here.

Provisional Schedule:

  • 9.30am                        Registration
  • 10.00-10.30am           Introductions
  • 10.30-11.30am           Workshop
  • 11.30am- 12.30pm    Presentations including questions and discussion
  • 12.30-1.15pm             Lunch
  • 1.30-2.30pm               Presentations
  • 2.30-3.30pm               Round table discussions
  • 3.30-4.30pm               Brainstorming and extended discussion for future steps

This event is supported by the Research Centre for Arts and Wellbeing.