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DSL Events

DSL Event in collaboration with Labanarium

September 14th 2018  "Mental Health and the Physical Performer"

CALL FOR PAPERS

With an increase of performers-in-training presenting with mental and emotional health issues, the Labanarium is collaborating with the Drama Studio London on a symposium event which deals with such issues and is aimed primarily at teachers, practitioners and support workers in the field of performer training including dance, theatre, music and sport.

Invitations to present at the event are now open.

Areas of interest are, but not limited to:

  • Body as instrument//body as self - how training views the body

  • emotional hygiene in acting and actor-training

  • body image issues related to self-esteem/ability to engage in practice

  • re-surfacing of physical, emotional and mental trauma in movement work

  • Performance and training practices as ‘self -care’

  • ways in which we might observe, communicate and intervene in supporting physical performers toward mental and emotional resiliency and wellness

  • signs - how do we spot a performer who might be struggling with poor mental and emotional health? Typical presentation/symptoms?

  • what can we (teachers and performance practitioners) do in the moment of crisis and disclosure?

  • mental health first-aid

  • creating a healthy environment in our training institutions 

Please submit a proposal of no more than 200 words to j.chambers-coe@gsa.surrey.ac.uk by Friday 8th June

Presentations can be in a variety of formats – traditional paper; active presentation; short performance or film (of no longer than 30 minutes); interactive workshop (max 40 minutes).

Confirmed speakers:

Dr Jane Oakland (British Association Performing Arts Medicine, Director of www.stresspoints.co.uk

Dr Roanna Mitchell, (University of Kent) Dr Roanna Mitchell leads a roundtable on Body Anxiety among performers.
Ita O’Brien (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama) Safe working practice - Intimacy in performance

 

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