Expressing Migration Through Dance

The workshop aimed to create an innovative and interactive way for participants to explore migration themes and express them through physical movements without using language. The workshop aimed to re-shape participant opinions on migration by presenting a new avenue for them to interact and empathise with an individual migrant’s journey – de-homogenising the reductive stereotypes and promoting positive perceptions of migrants. The workshop encouraged participants to empathise through kinaesthetic empathy (Reason & Reynolds, 2010), linking physical movements to the emotions experienced through the practitioner’s migration journey (Sawada, Suda & Ishi, 2003).


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