Conference Programme 22/23 April 2010

Please follow the links to join our interactive forum and watch live recordings of the presentations. This programme reflects the actual schedule after changes had to be made due to disruption caused by the volcanic ash cloud.


Delegates are invited to visit the Gallery throughout the conference.

Thursday 22 April

9.15 – 10.15

Movement Workshop 1 - The Old Dining Hall, Hulme Hall
The Embodied Brain – Facilitating Movement Learning through Mirror Neurons
Glenna Batson

9.15 – 10.15

Movement Workshop 3, Whitworth Art Gallery
Mirroring and Embodied Intersubjectivity
Bonnie Meekums

10.30 – 11.00

Welcome address from Dee Reynolds

11.00 – 11.15


11.15 – 12.30

Keynote Address from Susan Foster, Presented by Dee Reynolds

Dancing with the 'Mind's Muscles': A Brief History of Kinesthesia and Empathy

Q&A session

12.30 – 13.30


13.30 – 15.00

Interdisciplinary Panel 1: Audiences

The Baby in the Mirror by Rachel Davies

Watching dance or feeling dance?: From visual perception to aesthetic experience
Beatriz Calvo-Merino

Embodied Mediation: Interactive Media Environments and the Audience Experience of Kinesthetic Empathy

Effort and Affect: Engaging with Film Performance
Lucy Fife Donaldson

13.30 – 14.30

Movement Workshop 1 - The Old Dining Hall, Hulme Hall
The Embodied Brain – Facilitating Movement Learning through Mirror Neurons
Glenna Batson

15.00 – 16.00

Poster Session with tea and coffee (Follow link for roster and brief abstracts)

Posters can be viewed online by members of the forum

16.00 – 17.15

Keynote Address from Christian Keysers

From Mirror Neurons to Kinesthetic Empathy

Q&A session

17.45 – 19.15 

Conference Reception (in association with Moves) to feature an exhibition of photographic projections by Chris Nash at The Whitworth Art Gallery.

Addresses from Gala Pujol, Festival Director of Moves International Festival of Movement on Screen; Dee Reynolds, Director of The Watching Dance Project and Janet Wolff, Director of Manchester University's Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in the Arts (CIDRA).

Here are a series of spontaneous interviews with delegates at the reception:

20.00 – 21.30

KINESTECH: Dancing Across Media at The Dancehouse Theatre: Both of View by Melanie Clarke and 'Red Rain', an exclusive specially commissioned piece from Bridget Fiske. In association with moves International Festival of Movement on Screen.

Friday 23 April


Movement Workshop 3
Mirroring and Embodied Intersubjectivity
Bonnie Meekums (Whitworth Art Gallery) 


Keynote Address and Q&A session with Alain Berthoz




Interdisciplinary Panel 2: Kinesthetic Experience and Embodied Practices

A link between action and emotion: Performing or watching fluent actions evokes a positive affective response
Amy Hayes

Knowing Me, Knowing You: Cognition, Kinesthetic Empathy and Applied Performance
Nicola Shaughnessy

Sorry, the recording of this presentation is currently unavailable

Kinesthetic Intelligence, Care and the Ethics of  “Home” in a Hospital and Ward Setting
Kélina Gotman and Bandy Lee


Movement Workshop (replacement)

Tactile Manouvres: Touch and Intention in Dance led by Sue Hawksley




Movement Workshop (replacement)

Seeing and Being Seen, Speaking and Being Spoken about Enabling Empathetic Conditions for the Body in Performance: a Practical Introduction to the MoverWitness Exchange (MWE) led by Eila Goldhahn


Interdisciplinary Panel 3: Creative Practices

Sex, Lies and Interdisciplinary Practice

Alex Reuben

Intuition as a Parameter for Interactive Performance
Greg Corness and Thecla Schiphorst

Sorry, the recording of this presentation is currently unavailable

The poetics of motion capture and visualization techniques:

watching real and virtual bodies

Sarah Whatley




Interdisciplinary Panel 4: Looking and Listening

The Oscillating Moment - Percieving Movement in Dance Photography

Chris Nash

Musical Group Interaction and empathy - a mutual cognitive

Tal-Chen Rabinowitch, Ian Cross and Pamela Burnard 

Sorry, the recording of this presentation is currently unavailable

Listening to dance...with our bodies and minds
Stephanie Jordan

Click here for a written version of this paper

Following movements in interactive dance installations
Frédéric Bevilacqua

15.45 – 16.45

Movement Workshop 6
Attentional focus as a tool for movement research and improvisation

Guido Orgs


Open Space format discussion


Farewell and close

Watching Dance: Kinesthetic Empathy