Body Stories

Researching and Performing the Embodied Experience of Oppression

Body Stories is a multi-faceted research project that incorporates:

  1. Multimedia performances that explore the effects of oppression on how we live in our bodies and how we navigate power differences with others. Written, directed, and performed largely by graduate students, Body Stories is a form of performed ethnography in which the script is based on research interviews.  Performances have been held as part of Naropa University’s Somatic Arts Concert, as the keynote address for the American Dance Therapy Association’s Rocky Mountain Chapter annual conference, and as part of an Experience Pacifica event at Pacifica Graduate Institute.
  2. A documentary video that chronicles the development of a team-based Body Stories performance with special emphasis on articulating the innovative methodology used for the research.  Interviews with team members, audience members, and the project directors brings to life the structure and process of implementing this somatic, narrative, performance-based resaerch method.
  3. A book chapter in an upcoming Routledge anthology on embodied research methods.

 

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