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Ancient Dance in Modern Dancers

11-03-2013 09:55

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In conjunction with ISCA (the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology), the APGRD has recently been successful in securing a £2500 grant for a collaborative practice-based study, “Ancient Dance in Modern Dancers”. This is being funded by the Oxford Research Centre in Humanities under their support scheme for interdisciplinary research networks. We will be running a series of workshops involving professionally-trained dancers, investigating how they process selected stimulus materials en route to creating a “reconstructive” performance of the Roman dance form tragoedia saltata. It is not the final performance itself that is of interest so much as the cognitive responses of the participants. In this way, we hope to develop ways of articulating the knowledge derived from kinaesthetic engagement with ancient material.

We will be issuing a formal call for participants shortly, but anyone who is interested in taking part in the study should contact Helen Slaney ( for more information.


Fiona Macintosh (Classics)

Caroline Potter (ISCA)

Helen Slaney (Classics)

Sophie Bocksberger (Classics)

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