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The Ruby is a catalyst for creativity and a home for making art at Duke.
Date & Time
November 8, 2019 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Free; open to all.
Ruby Lounge at the Rubenstein Arts Center
2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705 United States

Drop by the Ruby on Friday at noon for a casual art talk and free lunch to learn about the behind-the-scenes aspect of the creative process, careers in the arts, and more.

Humans dance to a degree unmatched in any known species. Humans invent, notice, recreate, and mobilize patterns of movement for reasons that are often not obviously related to a specific function or purpose. Why? Drawing on recent research into the evolution, psychological development, and cultural acts of human beings, LaMothe argues that humans evolved to use movement patterns as extensions of their sensory selves, and specifically, as templates for cultivating relationships with other people and the natural world. She concludes by exploring the vital role that the art and practice of dancing have to play in the present moment in helping humans cultivate the ecological will to act in accord with the well-being of the earth in and around them.

About the Speaker

Image by Geoffrey Gee.

Kimerer L LaMothe is a dancer, philosopher, and scholar of religion. She earned her doctorate in religious studies from Harvard University before teaching at Brown and then Harvard. In 2005, she moved to a farm with her musician partner and their five children, in search of a place where she could write and dance in closer proximity to the natural world. She is the author of six books, including Why We Dance: A Philosophy of Bodily Becoming (Columbia, 2015), and numerous articles in the emergent field of religion and dance. She has created three solo dance concerts, and wrote the book, lyrics, and music for a full-length musical: Happy If Happy When. LaMothe has received fellowships for her work from the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study, the Harvard Center for the Study of World Religions, and the Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council. She writes a regular blog for Psychology Today, and serves as a consultant, lecturer, guest teacher, and choreographer for colleges and universities, dance companies, and secondary schools. When not writing, singing, or dancing, she is helping her children take care of their ox, three cows, four cats, thirteen hens, and large vegetable garden.

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