The Research Centre for Music, Media and Place (MMaP) is hosting a symposium this week which will see presenters from Newfoundland and around the globe consider how individuals and social groups give meaning to place through music and movement.
The event will take place in the MMaP gallery, second floor of the Arts and Culture Centre in St. John’s, from 8 a.m.-4:15 p.m., on Friday, July 2. The final session of the day, featuring local traditional singers, will be held at Bitters Pub at 4:30 p.m.
“Despite and even because of global flows of culture, the concrete and imagined places of sounding and dancing continue to have significance in the lives of musicians and dancers,” said Memorial professor and symposium organizer Dr. Kati Szego.
“There’s a dynamic relationship between how we connect, intellectually and emotionally, to certain spaces — our homes, our places of worship, our natural environment — and how we sing, play and move in those spaces and about them. This symposium is a special opportunity to explore those connections that help define our humanity and our place in the world.”
Presenters from Slovenia, Brazil, Austria, Malaysia, Korea, Australia, France, Portugal, the Netherlands, the United States and Canada will consider how:
• musicians and dancers make places meaningful through stories, commemoration, mimesis or even gestures of control;
• music and dance are shaped by how people think about the spaces, regions and geographies they occupy e.g., east and west, land and sea, heaven and earth, in and out;
• the physical or metaphysical properties of spaces and places affect how people experience music and dance;
• location, dislocation, and multi-location are expressed musically, lyrically, and bodily.
The papers will vary as wildly as the presenters’ origins. For example, Janice Tulk of Cape Breton University will explore the Corner Brook mill whistle as a soundmark; Tran Quang Hai will demonstrate Mongolian overtone singing; and Kenyan scholar Jean Kidula will look at music and dance at rugby sevens events in Nairobi and San Diego.