Dance: The art of communication – Concept- action- extroversion?

Communication is not just a means for approaching a topic, or simply becoming informed about it. The transmission of messages and their translation / interpretation may acquire social meaning and dimensions and thus turns the process of communication into a social and political act. Nowadays communication takes place through diverse means and in a multidimensional manner, by taking advantage of new technologies. These new possibilities create space for new perspectives to manifest and for unique possibilities. The ‘message’ oftentimes is not simply focused on the transmission of information, but is itself an artform fostering empathy for audiences, inspiring action amongst them, or offering a means for them to relate to a broader cause.


The areas explored in this conference are broad and open to (but not limited to) any of the following topics:

  • Institutions – Society – Art
  • Embodied knowledge / the body and movement vocabularies / involuntary embodied memories
  • The significance of dance in shaping experiences and perceptions of space and place
  • The interrelation between technology and dance
  • Sociopolitical aspects of dance as a means for communication
  • The impact of cultural influence in the shaping of diverse dance techniques and in shaping choreographic and dramaturgical approaches
  • Social approaches, understandings, and meaning-making through the material body
  • Proximity, movement quality, and the phenomenology of dance

This conference will take place in Chania on the 27th and 28th of July, as part of the 9th Dance Days Chania Festival.


If you are interested in participating please submit a 400 word abstract (not including the list of references), along with a brief (200 word) bio to this email [email protected]. Proposals should be submitted by the 9th of  June 2019. You will be notified about the status of your application around the 16th of June 2019.

The cost for participation at the conference is 50€. If you are a student, there is a discounted rate available for 20€.

The participation fees will give you access to a conference folder, as well as buffet during breaks. You will also have the opportunity to participate in activities and workshops that will be offered as part of the conference.

Scientific committee:

Dr. Natalie Zervou (Assistant Professor of Dance – University of Wisconsin Madison, USA)

Dr. Olga Kolokytha (Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, University of Vienna)

Ntiana Kefala (Cultural Management)

Aphrodite Antypa (Dance notator/ Dance Educator)

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