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memory in motion

re-membering dance history


MNEMEDANCE aims to inquire into the relationship between dance and memory and to rethink dance history as a discipline that can make an impact on the adjacent areas of arts and humanities. Dance history may contribute to reconceptualizing the past as an ongoing process rather than a sum of acquired knowledge when adopting memory as a research tool. In dance, memory is always active because it implies the movement of the bodies performing and transmitting it. MNEMEDANCE investigates the dancing body as a tool for remembering and archiving experiences and cultures, and movement as a strategy for preserving and transforming meaning. It also aims to question the canonical genealogies of artists and traditions that historians have often employed without taking into account forms of removals, oblivion or resistance. It also seeks to challenge the common assumption that dance is a form of ephemeral and non-reproducible knowledge, analyzing the role of dancers and choreographers in the construction of collective knowledge and memories, their preservation, transmission and accessibility.

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Principal Investigator

Ca' Foscari University 

of Venice

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Board Member

Université Côte d’Azur



Board Member

University of Bern 



Board Member

University of Cambridge 

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Research Assistant

Ca' Foscari University

of Venice

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Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage

Malcanton Marcorà, Dorsoduro 3484/D, 30123 Venice 

This project has received funding from Ca' Foscari University under the

SPIN 2nd call for proposals 2018 - Measure 2 (Rectoral Decree 379/2019 dated 02/09/2019).


Start date: 02/09/2019

End date: 31/07/2023

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