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Call for Proposals: AMS Music and Dance Study Group

Monday, June 15, 2020   (0 Comments)
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American Musicological Society

Music and Dance Study Group


Friday, November 6, 2020, 8-11 p.m. CST

Minneapolis, MN


Call for Proposals

Stretches, Leaps, Turns:

Experiments in Music-Dance Relationships

What makes a given encounter between sound and movement an “experiment”? What assumptions are challenged, what is put at risk, and what is “discovered” about the nature of music, of dance, and of their relationship? This session seeks to bring scholarly perspectives on the relationships between music and dance into dialogue with contemporary artistic practice, as well as with historical experiments in combining music and movement.

How are music and movement related in artistic processes, including rehearsal processes? What models have been developed for collaboration between musicians and dancers? How do composers and choreographers articulate their shared aesthetic goals? How do these goals and processes extend beyond the boundaries of the stage and traditional music-dance genres? What are the consequences for listening to and watching movements, as well as for their description and analysis? To what extent do contemporary models remain in dialogue with those established by avant-garde artists of the twentieth century? Beyond aesthetic concerns, what else may be at stake in these experiments (politics, identities, etc.)? What experimental approaches might scholars bring to our study of music and dance?

We invite proposals for short (15-minute) papers exploring a range of methods for combining sound and movement, and/or for analyzing these combinations. We welcome discussion of music-dance relationships across a wide variety of areas, genres and styles, including productions that dissolve the boundaries of the stage, such as installations or video productions; in classical, vernacular, and popular idioms from around the globe. These brief presentations will provide the starting point for broader discussion among session attendees. In particular, we seek to promote dialogue between critical, historical, theoretical, and practical perspectives. While we hope to be able to gather in person, we are prepared for the possibility that some or all presentations may have to be delivered remotely.

This will be a satellite session of the international symposium Music as an Experimental Field for Movement, scheduled for September 2020 in Austria, organized by Stephanie Schroedter and supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Society for Academic Research). Panelists of the MDSG may have their contributions considered for inclusion in the peer-reviewed volume that will emerge from this symposium.

Please submit proposals of not more than 250 words to Julia Randel (jrandel1@udayton.edu) by Sunday, June 28, 2020. For more information about the Music and Dance Study Group, please visit https://ams-mdsg.wixsite.com/ams-mdsg. Julia Randel and Stephanie Schroedter, MDSG co-chairs.

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