Onye Ozuzu (TEDxIIT) | Technology of the American dancing body

As a biracial, bicultural performing artist and instructor from Columbia College presenting at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Ozuzu skillfully weaves a multitude of narrative threads, providing evidence for the confluence of dance, body, culture, cognition, and technology to expressively argue her case for “movement as technology.”

…and I was hooked on that activity, on the connectivity of my body’s tool and instrument and movement bringing me into intimate somehow contact with other people in the space at the same time ….

Deirde Sklar in Five Premises to a Culturally Sensitive Approach to Dance, writes that dance is embodied cultural knowledge. To know a dance, though, you always have to go beyond the movement. To really understand a dance, you have to understand the person doing the dance, the history of the dance, the people around the person doing the dance, the roles that all those people play, the cultural values of the community that created the dance, and how the aesthetics and the way the dance is taught reflect all those things ….

The ways that we dance are somehow linked to the ways that we actually use technology.

My idea is this – if you’re a person that is working in technologies, that is working to develop new technologies that are gonna affect the body, talk to a dancer. Because, if we’re not developing the full range of our bodies’ ability to move, if we’re not developing the full range of our primary technology, our primary intermediary between us and our environment, how do we know what we need, what else we need …



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Onye Ozuzu (TEDxIIT) | Technology of the American dancing body

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