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Heidi Haraldsen, “State of the Art Symposium: Resilience and Ethics in Dance Education”, Talk, Department of Dance.

Title: State of the Art Symposium: Resilience and Ethics in Dance Education

Heidi M. Haraldsen, associated professor, Phd (KHiO)
Michelle Schachtler Dwarika, research assistant, MS (KHiO)
Ewa Sivertsen, MS (guest lecture)


Resilience and Ethics in Dance Education (REDE) is a research project initiated by the academy of dance, at Oslo National Academy of Arts (KHiO). The REDE project aims to empower dance students and strengthen their future professional potential. The project will approach this vision by exploring means and strategies for learning that can strengthen the learning environment in dance and educate resilient, reflective and ethically aware dance artists who can work sustainably and professionally, both independently and as part of collective processes.

The REDE scoping review is a sub-project within the REDE umbrella, an important step to create a research -based foundation of the state of the art for future REDE projects. Research evidence synthesis involves the aggregation of available information using well-defined and transparent methods to search, summarize, and interpret a body of research literature[1]. The REDE Scoping review aim to answering broad questions and describe existing literature and other sources of information i.e., master and phd thesis) on REDE relevant topics and would include findings from a range of different study designs and methods. As the field of Dance Science is a relatively new research area, a scoping review can be a particularly useful approach as there exists few comprehensively reviewed topics.

Specifically, the REDE scoping review aimed at and have worked with:

         To examine how research is conducted in the two REDE topics (methodology)

         To identify the types of available evidence in the field of (a) teaching and learning in dance and (b) dance and mental health

         To identify key characteristics or factors related to the two REDE topics in order to inform best practice

         To identify and analyses knowledge gaps and to prepare future research


Format: The symposium will be a 2-hour session with presentation and discussions (hybrid; physical in auditorium and digital at zoom).

15-minutes      Introduction to REDE umbrella project at the department of Dance

60- minutes      Presentation of the REDE scoping review, Haraldsen & Dwarika, KHiO   

20-minutes      Presentation of Injury and sickness in pre-professional and professional classical and contemporary dancers, by Ewa Sivertsen, external guest

30-minutes      Discussion and dialogue with the audience

[1] Munn, Z., Peters, M. D., Stern, C., Tufanaru, C., McArthur, A., & Aromataris, E. (2018). Systematic review or scoping review? Guidance for authors when choosing between a systematic or scoping review approach. BMC medical research methodology, 18(1), 1-7. 416-418

Work Group

Objective Enactive
This online lecture-demonstration unfolds the term ´Poetic Materiality´ within the context of designing and choreographing with Somatic Costumes. Through critiquing and applying the somatic practice of Skinner Releasing Technique, the poetics of philosopher Gaston Bachelard and the materiality of anthropologist Tim Ingold, this talk begins to map poetic and material agencies between bodies-costumes within the design-performance encounter.

Artist Talk

Objective Enactive

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Polyvocal Tongue The presentation will focus on relational ethics and polyvocality in performative text. It will also explore the use of plural languages in a play, looking at how a polylingual praxis can open up new aesthetic potential in playwrighting and in artistic research in general.


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Panel Discussion

The Ethics of Vulnerability and Artistic Research

Any ethical framework must take account of the vulnerability of the human condition. This is significant in all creative endeavours – especially in artistic practice and the teaching of it – since the very act of creating something and putting it out into the world is an expression of vulnerability.