Performing Arts in Higher Education: Sensing the Body to Learn the World


The arts play a fundamental role in the educational field. This paper outlines the importance of considering performing arts initiatives in higher education as an agent of transformation. The approach discussed outline the artistic/dance artistic residency developed at the P. Lantz Initiative for Excellence in Education in the Arts, a project that took place in the Faculty of Education at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Knowing their own body, working with the space to recognize one's kinesphere, experimenting movements from other cultures, collaborating with partners and creating dance performances allowed participants to open inner spaces, physically, critically, and consciously, increasing the respect for themselves and others. These experiences were extended to university staff, providing a transformative, human and relational perception of the participant’s surroundings as a communitarian space. Presented in three acts, this paper enlarges the perspectives of the educational use of performing arts as an agent of learning and teaching, allowing the development of the student’s self-development, and self-care.

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Déborah Maia de Lima, McGill University, Canada
Aron Rosenberg, McGill University, Canada

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Conference: PCE2023
Stream: Higher education

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Lima D., & Rosenberg A. (2023) Performing Arts in Higher Education: Sensing the Body to Learn the World ISSN: 2758-0962 The Paris Conference on Education 2023: Official Conference Proceedings
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