ARTs + Change Virtual Conference

If there is one thing, we as humans can count on, it’s that things change. Whether on a cellular, environmental, political, ideological, or physical level, change is a constant in our lives and in our world. I’m proposing to share a new course I developed called, Change: Welcomed, Denied, Inevitable; an Investigation through Movement, Dialogue, and Writing. This course was created with funding from a Humanities for Life grant from my university and incorporates multiple disciplines to permit a look at change from varied perspectives and greater scope. A through-line of the course examined how artists from dance, music, and fine arts have creatively explored the topic of Change.

Prior to making the course, I spent a little more than a year examining the topic of change (pre-Covid!) as I created a dance piece with a composer, Mathew Curlee, from the Eastman School of Music, called, Nanosecond. Hence, this course was developed as a means to further this inquiry of Change. With students, a host of guest-faculty from Economics, Political Science, Linguistics, and Sustainability, and members of the Rochester community, DANC 235 was created and taught for the first time in Spring 2022. The course’s central question was, “What is my personal relationship with change?” Through a myriad of exercises, outings, embodied practices, reflections, and discussion, the topic of change was explored. In the presentation, I will share aspects of the course’s development, course content, and future plans. Time will be reserved for sharing ideas and dialogue with participants.

Anne Harris Wilcox (MFA) is an Associate Professor for the Program of Dance and Movement at the University of Rochester, where she is also the Community Engagement Liaison and a Posse Foundation Mentor. She is the founder of Active Learning Games, for which she designs kinesthetic educational products for K-university learners, and a Rochester choreographer, dancer, and educator who whose work has been featured at Geva Nextstage and numerous Rochester Fringe Festivals. She has choreographed over forty works for her company, Present Tense Dance, which she directed from 1991 – 2016. She is a former President of New York State Dance Education Association and presents nationally and internationally on topics such as kinesthetic education, creativity and assessment, linguistics and dance, and intergenerational dance.

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