Watching Dance: Kinesthetic Empathy
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Research questions


Anna Kuppuswamy. Photograph by Steve Osborn.

To what extent do spectators of dance internally simulate the movement observed?


What conditions favour empathetic responses?


What are the roles of social engagement and emotional response in kinesthetic empathy? read more

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About the project


This is a legacy site for the Watching Dance project, which was funded to run from 2008-2011.

'Watching Dance: Kinesthetic Empathy' used audience research and neuroscience to investigate arguments that kinesthetic empathy is central to consciousness and to spectator response to dance.

Ours was a multidisciplinary project, funded by a grant from the AHRC, involving collaboration across four institutions... read more

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Our programme of public dissemination events has now concluded. We have enjoyed discussing our research and how it can feed back in to the arts, science, dance and academic communities.

Thank you to everyone who participated and made this programme such a success.

Rosie and Morgan

Rosie Kay Dance Company and the Watching Dance Project

September 2009 saw Watching Dance collaborate with the Rosie Kay Dance Company for an exclusive production of Double Points: 3x in Manchester. This unique performance was part of an investigation into the effect of sound and music on audience response to dance and was recorded in a series of short films which you can now view online.

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