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Sound Moves
An International Conference on Music and Dance

Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 November 2005
Roehampton University, London


What do choreographers look for in music and composers in
choreography? And how do dancers embody sound and musicians reflect
movement in their performances? What kinds of choreomusical
relationships exist and how do we talk about them? How similar or
different are physical and acoustic gestures?  The media collaboration
of music and dance is one of the longest established and most
frequently discussed, but nonetheless one of the least rigorously
explored.  Now, strong signals from both scholars and the profession
prompt us to generate new thinking about music and dance and to
encourage sharing the languages of the two disciplines.  Roehampton's
Centre for Dance Research, the internationally recognised centre for
choreomusical studies, and Princeton University's Music Department,
with its celebrated record for interdisciplinary research, have joined
forces to take this project forward in collaboration with Britain's
Society for Dance Research.  The overwhelming response to initial
conference announcements has underlined the vital importance and
currency of such an event.

The Sound Moves conference will involve dance and music historians and
theorists, choreographers and composers, professional dancers and
musicians, teachers and students.  It will comprise performance,
lecture-demonstrations and papers on a wide range of topics -
historical representations from Renaissance to present day, popular
culture and high art forms, ballet and contemporary dance, interactive
settings, performance training and cultural hybrids.  It will also
introduce a number of interdisciplinary theoretical perspectives -
such as structural analysis, gestural relationships, intertextual and
gender explorations, as well as the notion of viewing work as
meta-discourse on dance and music.

Special Events include:

*	Keynote Speakers:
*	Daniel Albright, Ernest Bernbaum Professor of Literature, Harvard
	University -- the distinguished interdisciplinarian reflects on
	opera and 'the idolatry of dance'
*	Marian Smith, Associate Professor, University of Oregon -- the
	leading scholar of 19th century ballet and music surveys
	choreomusical research and methodologies with reference to her
	current work
*	The Richard Alston Dance Company -- the internationally celebrated
	choreographer and company present a lecture-demonstration and
	performance with live music
*	Shobana Jeyasingh and Michael Nyman -- the well-known
	composer-choreographer duo in interview about their recent
	collaboration 'Flicker', with practical demonstration
*	Les Noces, the Stravinsky/Nijinska collaboration -- demonstration
	by Royal Ballet dancers, with commentary by Monica Mason, Artistic
	Director of The Royal Ballet and the rehearsal director
	Christopher Newton, and papers by Russian scholars, musicologist
	Professor Margarita Mazo and dance historian Maria Ratanova
*	Prokofiev's Le Pas d'Acier -- presentation by Lesley-Anne Sayers
	on Diaghilev's constructivist ballet recreated with Millicent
	Hodson at Princeton in April, 2005 

Programme subject to change

Conference Programme


Saturday 5 November			
08.15 		Registration						 
09.15		Introduction 
09.30-17.30	Conference			
17.30-19.00	Buffet dinner			
19.15		Alston Dance Company				

Sunday 6 November
09.30-17.45	Conference
18.00		Chester Music Reception


The conference is non-residential.  It will be held at Froebel
College, Roehampton University, Roehampton Lane, London, SW15 5PJ.  
Limited car parking space is available both inside and outside the
College.  The conference will be conducted in English.

Please note that there are no pubs, restaurants, coffee facilities
close enough to the conference venue for use during the conference
programme.  However, delegates are welcome to bring their own
refreshments if they wish.


Practical workshop

How do dance teachers and musicians communicate in order to convey
movement ideas effectively and support them with sound?  Roehampton
lecturer Erica Stanton will lead a workshop during the conference
exploring the dialogue that occurs during a dance technique class.  
The workshop will examine ideas evolving from rhythm and melody within
Limón-based technique.  Participants should wear loose comfortable
clothing and should have some experience of movement and/or dance
accompaniment.  The session will last 1½ hours and reservation of a
place is essential.


Additional Event

Ashton to Stravinsky: A Study of Four Ballets, presentation of the new
DVD by Stephanie Jordan and Geraldine Morris, featuring Scènes de
ballet, Persephone, Le Baiser de la fée and Le Rossignol, danced by
members of The Royal Ballet, and focusing on movement style, structure
and musicality.  The showing will take place on Friday 4 November at
7.30pm in Michaelis Theatre.


How to Book

For a registration form, please contact:

Noreen Markwell
Conference Administrator
Roehampton University
Southlands College
80 Roehampton Lane, London, SW15 5SL, England
Tel:		+44-(0)20 8392 3432
Fax:		+44-(0)20 8392 3435
E-Mail:	SoundMoves@roehampton.ac.uk

Registration confirmation and programme details will be sent out to
all participants in mid-October.

Where to Stay

Although the conference is non-residential, there are local hotels and
guest houses.  For further information, please contact the Conference
Administrator, Noreen Markwell or see www.roehampton.ac.uk/soundmoves

Acknowledgements

We are grateful to the following sponsors for their generous help
towards this conference:

The Radcliffe Trust
The Society for Dance Research
The British Academy
Chester Music
Princeton University
Roehampton University

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