In Her Shoes
offered by Susan L. Wiesner, PhD, CMA, LIMS Archivist
a 3-part series of exploration
Irmgard Bartenieff was born in 1900 and died in 1981. She led a life full of a breadth and depth of interests and worked with the ‘stars’ of movement studies. That said, it has been (almost) 40 years since her death and while there are many of us in this field who actually worked with her, there are more who never met her and are 2nd, 3rd, and 4th generation practitioners/researchers/scholars. While we strive to present her ideas in a consistent fashion, we may have lost some of her ‘work’ in transition (and translation). This course will attempt to allow attendees to learn of, and be immersed in, some of Irmgard’s experiences from her early work with notation systems, choreography, physical therapy exercises, Indigenous dance forms, architecture, and other areas of her knowledge and practice.
We will explore some of Irmgard’s hidden history by reviewing papers from the archive, and while doing so, return to the beginnings of her journey to the theories of BF and the Basic 6. Finally, we will have an open discussion of what’s changed since her leadership, why, by whom, etc.
New Pathways Program Launches!
All of us at LIMS are excited about this new program that combines synchronous and asynchronous learning.* The faculty have already been teaching online for months if not years — and we have each learned a good deal about what seems to work and doesn’t — so we venture forth in the new paradigm that is the silver lining to Covid-19: being part of the online journey in a global setting!
Much of the program will be dialogic; it is experiential, and while much can and should be questioned, the faculty are experienced users of the work in a wide variety of applications and will be guides and supporters throughout.
This program is aspirational and experimental. We aspire to develop the LBMS work to be more inclusive and expansive and the 25 New Pathways students are part of this work. New Pathways is designed to challenge biases and to help develop anti-racist and pro-cultural competencies.
We wish the students and faculty of the New Pathways program the best in motion!
*Online work is supported by our new LIMS E-learning platform on Kannu.
Introducing the LIMS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee
In June of this year 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).