Embody (In My Body), Dancing the Early Years

May 20, 2016 by  Uncategorized /

Conference + Performance: January 17, 2015, 9:30-am-3:30pm
Performance only: January 17, 2015, 11am
The Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver.

Embody (In My Body), Dancing the Early Years is a conference unpacking four years of dance research with a community of children and parents in Foolish Operations’ Dancing the Parenting Project. This one day conference connects: dance, music, art, Reggio Emilia inspired early learning and embodied education for community and family. Join us to explore creative collaboration with children and artistic practice as an integral part of family, artistic and community life.

Dancing the Parenting is an innovative collaboration that acknowledges children under 5 years old as true creative collaborators. Artists often speak about risk in relationship to making work; this project rises fully to the challenge of openness to risk and play – there is nothing less self-conscious or more precarious than the movements of a very young child. For artists, community dancers and audience, this collaboration is revelatory in understanding bodies, creative movement and relationships. Embody (In My Body), Dancing the Early Years brings together artists, parents, educators and theorists in a dialogue around this project and artistic practice as an integral part of intergenerational family and community life.

Keynote: Patricia Reedy, Director of Teaching and Learning at the Luna Dance Institute (Oakland, CA).

Speakers include: Julie Lebel, Elizabeth MacKenzie and Susan Hoppenfeld.

Performance by Foolish Operations Ensemble / Dancing the Parenting, musicians Mark Haney, Mark Beaty and Rachael Wadham, and dancers Meredith Kalaman and Anne Cooper.

Photo by Yvonne Chew.


The creative team includes video artist Brian Lye, rehearsal director Caroline Liffmann, stage manager Kristina Lemieux and arts programmer Marie Lopes.

Information: embodyconference@gmail.com

Ticket Information

Conference + Performance: January 17, 2015 from 9:30-am-3:30pm $40/$30 Early Bird (December 15).
Register at 604-713-1800. (Certificate of completions available for early childhood educators).

Performance only: January 17, 2015, 11am . $10/$5 students and seniors, Free 5yrs and under.
The Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver.


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