Bodies in war, Bodies in Dance

The project researches rhythm, performance and emotions in Finnish military training and capoeira for refugees.

Introduction

The research project Bodies in War, Bodies in Dance: Rhythm, Performance and Emotions in Finnish Military Training and Capoeira for Refugees examines the nexus between militarisation, movement, and social emotions. The research asks, how do choreography, rhythm and synchronised movement affect the emotions of compassion, shame and pride in Finnish international crisis management training and capoeira training at refugee camps.

The project analyses through observation and interviews how feelings of belonging are facilitated by collective motor actions in people touched by war. By analysing the interlinkages between body, brain and society, the project contributes to establishing a research field of politics of movement, as an intersection between dance studies and political science. The societal aim is to raise awareness of the corporeal and emotional aspects of militarisation and help develop movement pedagogies which are socially, culturally and politically more sustainable.

Publications

Belonging in Movement: Capoeira for Children and Youth at the Za’atari Refugee Camp Nordic Journal of Dance, 1 and 2, 2019

Experiencing ’Pendulation’, Escape and Creativity, På Spissen / Dance Articulated 3/2018

Uskoa itseen ja yhteisöön, 2.5.2018, Voima

Capoeiraa pakolaisleirillä, tutkimusta verkkareissa, 7.3.2018, politiikasta.fi

Walking with Soldiers: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Cadets, Journal for Artistic Research 2020, Issue 21

Autopsy of a militarized body: introducing the short documentary Nothing too Bad, Critical Military Studies, 5:1, 89-93.

Contact information for the project

    • Susanna Hast

    • Visiting researcher, Taidekasvatuksen tutkimuksen tk CERADA, University of the Arts Helsinki
      Hourly-paid Teacher, Tanssinopettajan maisteriohjelma, Theatre Academy

Project name

Bodies in war, Bodies in Dance

Time

01/2017-12/2020

Funder

Academy of Finland