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Modes of Capture Symposium 2023

The Modes of Capture Symposium 2023 which will take place on 9th & 10th June on site at The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at University of Limerick with some performance presentations at Dance Limerick.

Images by Luca Truffarelli and Maurice Gunning

Keynote Speaker 2023: Professor Thomas DeFrantz

We are delighted to have Professor Thomas DeFrantz from Northwestern University, Illinois as our Modes of Capture Symposium Keynote Speaker 2023!

Thomas F. DeFrantz directs SLIPPAGE: Performance|Culture|Technology, a research lab that explores emerging technology in live performance applications. Believes in our shared capacity to do better and engage creative spirit for a collective good that is anti-racist, proto-feminist, and queer affirming. Convenes the Black Performance Theory working group as well as the Collegium for African Diaspora Dance, a growing consortium of 325 researchers committed to exploring Black dance practices in writing. Recent teaching: University of the Arts Mobile MFA in Dance; ImPulsTanz; SNDO; Juilliard; New Waves Institute; faculty at Hampshire College, Stanford, Yale, MIT, NYU, University of Nice, Northwestern University. Has chaired Program in Women’s and Gender Studies at MIT; the concentration in Physical Imagination at MIT; the Department of African and African American Studies at Duke; and served as President of the Society of Dance History Scholars. DeFrantz acted as a consultant for the Smithsonian Museum of African American Life and Culture, contributing concept and a voice-over for a permanent installation on Black Social Dance that opened with the museum in 2016.


Our Modes of Capture Symposium 2023 will be a forum for dialogue on capturing dancemaking processes, with a focus on approaches that encourage a deeper engagement with what we already know above the search for novelty and newness. Slowing down and re-entering a moment allows us to unfold a richer description, a deeper attending to and a fuller embodied sense of what might only be a split second of insight.

Inspired by current understandings of right and left brain hemisphere relationships (Mc Gilchrist) which creates dialogue between an holistic overview and the focused examination of a particular experience, the symposium takes these ideas and related fields as a starting point from which to consider how and why attuning to these often overlooked or undervalued registers matters.

Going deeper into our lived experience may support us to care more, imagine better systems, notice the interrelations and possibilities for change and exchange within the wider context of the current ecological, political and cultural crises we face.

What will this Symposium ask?

  • What do dance practices and bodily knowledges offer as models or methods with which to address the ethical challenges confronting archival captures and disappearances?
  • What modes of attention foster the dance between memory and motion, archive and artform?
  • What is at stake when modes of sensation and attention shift?
  • What matters and for which bodies in the fabulations and materials of archives?
  • What kinds of techniques and technologies emerge in these dialogues?
  • What can be located and/or what can be (re)imagined in our research and practices to provoke new modes of performance and perception?

Please note that a small fee will apply for presenters to attend the symposium. Where institutional support or other funding is not available and for those on a lower income, lower fees will apply. There will also be a small number of bursary places available by application. Details of the fees and bursary application process will be available in due course.

The symposium will be in person and include paper presentations, informal performances and workshops. There will be online offerings as part of the symposium.

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