New research project: Bodies in War, Bodies in Dance

Bodies in war, Bodies in Dance: Rhythm, Performance and Emotions in Finnish Military Training and Capoeira for Refugees

Funded by the Academy of Finland (2017-2020)

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.

University of the Arts, Theatre Academy Helsinki

Performing Arts Research Centre TUTKE

Susanna Hast