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Medical Histories Explored Through Dance

March 20, 2008

SELINSGROVE, (Pa.) – Susquehanna University’s Medical Humanities Initiative will host a multimedia presentation and interactive workshop April 9 titled Under the Skin. The presentation begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by the workshop at 7:30 p.m., in Isaacs Auditorium of Seibert Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Under the Skin is an exploration of personal medical histories through choreography, video art and the creative process. The program promises to reveal much about how we view our bodies, our health and our histories.

The program is a collaborative effort of Stanford University choreographer Hope Mohr and University of Wisconsin videographer Doug Rosenberg. Mohr was trained at the San Francisco Ballet School and Stanford University, and has performed internationally with the Trisha Brown Dance Co. and the Lucinda Childs Dance Co. She has taught modern dance through the Oberlin Dance Collective of California, the Trisha Brown Studio in New York, the London School of Contemporary Dance, the Performing Arts Research and Training Studios (P.A.R.T.S.) in Brussels , Belgium , Mills College and Stanford University .

In 2001, while dancing professionally in New York, Mohr completed her juris doctor at Columbia Law School, where she received the Alfred S. Forsyth Award in Environmental Law, a Revson Human Rights Fellowship and a Columbia Human Rights Fellowship.

Rosenberg’s art considers performance and the moving image through videodance, collaborative multimedia work for the theater and performative video installation. His recent honors include fellowships from the Project on Death in America, the Wisconsin Arts Board and the Isadora Duncan Dance Award. His program, Dances for Television, is currently screening on PBS affiliate stations and The Research Channel.

The SU Medical Humanities Initiative brings together faculty, students and community members to share interdisciplinary inquiries into medicine. The field of medical humanities includes the history of medicine, bioethics, literature and medicine, medicine in the performing and studio arts, and medical anthropology and sociology. The initiative's goal is to examine how the humanities and arts illuminate the nature and practice of medicine.

Contact: Gerald Cohen


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