The Center for the Study of Religion will host the first U.S. screening of the documentary Why We Dance. The movie is based on the CSR visiting scholar Dr. Kimerer L. LaMothe’s book Why We Dance: A Philosophy of Bodily Becoming (2015, Columbia University Press). She will host a question and answer session following the screening.
Part of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s long-running series The Nature of Things, Why We Dance explores the evolution of dance and how all living things express themselves through movement and rhythm. In Why We Dance, scientists (many of whom are also dancers) explore the evolutionary implications of dance in various species, while dancers explore how movement can connect humans to others, the natural world and our deeper selves. Find more information on the documentary here.
Kimerer LaMothe is a dancer, author, playwright and philosopher of religion.
This event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. The link to secure a free ticket is coming soon.
Co-hosted by the Department of Dance and the Melton Center for Jewish Studies, with support from the Center for Folklore Studies.