Visiting Scholar Talk: Dr. P. Megan Andrews
April 5, 2019 | 2:30pm
Room 4650 – School for the Contemporary Arts
SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 W. Hastings St., Vancouver
Please join us for a free talk by Dr. Megan Andrews, Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Performance Studies, SFU, and current sessional faculty in the dance area at the School for the Contemporary Arts. She was also a participant in the first cohort of SFU’s Emerging Thought Leaders program to promote women’s voices in the media.
Dr. Andrews’ research queries the aesthetics of ethics through embodied practices of movement, voice, perception and relationality, and through critical-poetic writing. She argues that certain experimental dance practices have the potential to activate experiences of ethical relationality and she is exploring and developing translations of these practices for non-dance contexts. She will present several current artistic research projects that manifest her work, discuss her theorization of the experiential concept “somatic anacrusis”, and share her approach to practice-as-research methodologies.
P. Megan Andrews, PhD, is a dance artist/scholar, movement educator and writer/editor, working across theory and practice at various disciplinary intersections. She was awarded a Chalmers Arts Fellowship from the Ontario Arts Council for 2017/18 and recently participated in the SYMBIONT: Articulating Artistic Research symposium at the University of Calgary. In Nov. 2018, she was also a guest faculty member at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. A versatile performer, Megan has worked with many contemporary and experimental choreographers across Canada and has presented her own work at venues and festivals nationally. Also an accomplished writer and journalist, she has contributed to print and digital publications in Canada and internationally, including Canadian Theatre Research and Performance Matters. Founding editor of Canadian dance magazine The Dance Current, Megan has published extensively and led the not-for-profit organization in various roles for 20 years; she maintains an ongoing affiliation with the team. Sessional faculty at York University from 2004–2017, she has taught studio, studies, blended and fully online courses and supervised dancers and non-dancers at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Megan also coaches private clients in somatic awareness and, under the umbrella Embodied Leadership, she works with movement for leadership development in corporate contexts. She is a Certified Laban Movement Analyst, Registered Somatic Movement Educator and Therapist, 3D Workout™ Instructor and holds a PhD in Communication and Cultural Studies. pmeganandrews.com