Dancers’ health in a globalizing, postmodern dance world


June 7 | 1:45pm to 2:30pm

Place: 1435 rue Bleury | Édifice Wilder: Espace danse  

Studio : École de danse contemporaine de Montréal

Standard cost : FREE

Conference Description


In the space and time of this presentation, Dena Devida will look closely some of the fundamental social and philosophical premises of our current-day artistic dance practices and dance worlds. And so Dena will offer vital questions about the ethics and ethno-histories of professional (artistic) dance, as well as some initial responses, with the intention of furthering local and global conversations about these issues.



Dena Davida has practiced contemporary dance for 45 years as a performer, teacher, researcher and curator.  A Californian who immigrated to Montréal in 1977, she participated in the “second generation” of contact improvisers, taught Nikolais dance technique and Laban-based creative movement for children (becoming a Certified Movement Analyst).  She co-founded, directed and is currently the curator of Montréal’s Tangente dance performance organization.  She was also co-founder of the Festival international de nouvelle danse de Montréal.  She taught dance improvisation and composition, Laban Movement Analysis, dance aesthetics and anthropology as a chargée de cours at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM) for over 25 years.  Her essays and research articles have been published in numerous magazines and journals. In her twenties she completed a B.A. in theatre with a dance minor at the University of California at Riverside and Irvine, in her thirties an M.A. in Movement Studies from Wesleyan University. At age 57, she completed the doctoral Programme d’études et pratiques des arts at UQÀM with an ethnographic study of meaning in “contemporary dance events” (a case study and analysis of O Vertigo Danse’s Luna choreographic project).  Her recent publications: a chapter on the founding Montréal university dance programmes in Renegade Bodies: Canadian Dance in the 1970s, and an international anthology on artistic dance ethnography, for which she was editor, with 28 dancer-researchers: Fields in Motion: Ethnography in the worlds of dance. In 2014, she initiated a long-term project to develop the theory and practice of performing arts curation with a website, an international symposium, seminal master’s level seminar and the publication of the forthcoming Curating Live Arts: Global Perspectives, Envisioning Theory and Practice in Performance.

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