On Purpose: Portrait of Theatre Arts & Dance
What is Body/Matters?
Your body matters and we want to talk about it. My body matters and I want to talk about it. Body/Matters is a student-led discussion that focuses on bodies in space. Any voices, any opinions, any bodies are welcome!
To create dialogue and thoughts. As people who work in performance, we are constantly grappling with the question of what our bodies do in space. As collaborators, we understand that we have a mutual responsibility to care and see one another. Through peer-to-peer discussion, we as students can uplift our agency in our bodies and how we share space and create meaning.
Through Body/Matters. . .
We generated this list, which articulates our needs in a rehearsal and workspace. Out of this one discussion with our fellow students, we hope to continue finding ways to create practices of care and recognition for ourselves, others in our lives, and our department.
“What do you need?”
Space to fail
A moment alone / to self
Equality (feeling of)
Ability to ask questions
Being gendered correctly
Ability to breathe
Use of name
Ability to be social / self outside of the work
Be seen / eye contact
Prepping / warming up the body before diving in
Encouraged to speak up when you need something
Permission to detach from the work / untangle
Sense of independence