Movement and Meaning with Gill Clarke (2011)

This talk by Gill Clarke with Kirsty Alexander was part of the Movement and Meaning Research Lab, and was given shortly before Gill died in 2011. It offers an overview of her lifelong investigation into dance as a mode of knowledge formation, a laboratory of practice where theoretical information can be tried and tested through the body.

Gill speaks about her investigations in the social sciences which were driven by her work as a performer and teacher. She traces her own path to ‘expanding the frame’ of dance to include our perceptions and body patterning, and acknowledging that we, as humans, are ‘grounded in relationship and conversation with the environment,’ and that this relationship is one of constant movement. She references leading figures in philosophy and the social and cognitive sciences, such as Tim Ingold, Guy Claxton, Bruno Latour, Nigel Thrift, and Amartya Sen.

Gill’s interest in transdisciplinary research led to her instigation of the Movement and Meaning Research Lab (supported by PAL) in 2011. The residency fostered an exchange of ideas between leading experts from dance, music, neuroscience, philosophy of education, and psychology.