Orientation: A Gathering to Re-pattern Our Connection to Community
In November we welcomed our community to LIMS’ Orientation 2021, a new event that will become an annual installation at the beginning of each academic year. Orientation it was a time to connect and/or re-connect with LIMS and the people that carry the institution forward. Participants were able to join workshops, information sessions, and discussion while having an opportunity to gather with others from the larger LBMS community. Now we turn our attention to the upcoming LBMS Camp gathering scheduled for two days in Spring 2022!! So keep watching this space for updates, CFPs, etc.
UPCOMING PEDAGOGY AND THEORY WORKSHOPS
We’ve ended the 2021 season for the Pedagogy and Theory workshops. They are certainly popular and more P&T Workshops are planned for 2022, starting in February so make sure you check back to see what’s on offer! They will continue to be online on Saturdays. Sadly Irmgard won’t be teaching and there won’t be blackboards and chalk involved, but her image is a nice reminder of her laughter and her contributions to our work!
LIMS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee
In June of 2020 LIMS committed itself to the difficult yet essential work of looking inward to our very core to address both the ways in which LIMS as an institution may have perpetuated systems of oppression, systemic and institutionalized racism, and harmed our BIPOC students, faculty/staff, and community members. This was important for us to investigate because it is in direct opposition to our core values.
Specifically, we committed to:
- Investigate, understand, and undo the ways in which we are complicit in perpetuating systems of oppression, and systemic and institutionalized racism.
- Dismantle the white supremacist and Eurocentric structures that permeate our organization, curriculum, and pedagogy.
- Create and hold space for our BIPOC colleagues, and listen with the intent to understand their grievances and take corrective and reparative action.
Immediately following this pledge we received communication from several members of our community passionate about seeing this work through. On June 30th a handful of interested individuals, invited members, and representation from the LIMS board of directors held our inaugural meeting as the newly formed LIMS Diversity, Equity ,and Inclusion (DEI) Committee. To read more about the committee (Mission, guiding principles, areas of focus, members, and updates on activities) go to the new webpage here.
Please consider signing up for this anti-racism training, which is designed for those of us in the LBMS and somatics communities, to be held January 16 and 17, from 10 am to 1 pm each day. The cost is only $35 US for the 6 hours and you can sign up here
Perusing the Bartenieff and LIMS Archives
Have you ever wanted to get more information about Irmgard Bartenieff? Or the history of the LIMS organisation? What about wanting to read articles and papers to see if anyone else had had your research question, answered it, or might be able to provide insight into it? Well, there is a place to find a plethora of information: the Irmgard Bartenieff Papers and the LIMS archive held at Special Collections in the Performing Arts at the University of Maryland. In addition to the multitude of photos, videos, papers, correspondence, personal documents, and pedagogical resources held in these two collections, there are several others that might be of interest: the Martha Davis Papers (non-verbal communication), Robert Dunn collection (post-modern guru), Sarah Chapman Hilsendager, Karen Kohn Bradley papers, and more. There are also two online exhibits for your viewing pleasure: Irmgard Bartenieff: a personal journey through dance and Robert Ellis Dunn: Father of Postmodern Dance.
If you find something you would like to see or read, complete the registration on the SCPA home page and request an item. The archivists there will be glad to assist you, and can email pdfs and images to you. And once the pandemic eases think about a trip to Maryland and DC for a trip down memory lane (and research).
To access digital media files go to digital.lib.umd.edu and insert either ‘Bartenieff’ or ‘LIMS’ in the left search box.