Mind Over Body
Thursday 17 January 2013, 19.00-20.30
What do you imagine a dancer’s body should
look like? How does the mind represent parts of the body that
are not physically there? Meet performers Catherine Long
and Viktoria Modesta to hear their personal stories on
challenging peoples’ perceptions and prejudices about
their bodies. Join the conversation with silicone
prosthetic technologist Sophie de Oliveira Barata, neuroscientist
Eamonn Walsh and dance scientist Emma Redding to discover how our
minds perceive the physical realities of the
This event is FREE.
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Catherine Long, who has been
dancing for 11 years, both as a solo performer and as part of
a company. Catherine was artist-in-residence at the Institute
for Cognitive Neuroscience from 2009 to 2011. Her collaborators
included Patrick Haggard, Eamonn Walsh, Frank Bock and Doran
singer/songwriter, fashion muse and performer. Victoria has
modelled at London and Milan Fashion Week, and performed as
the Snow Queen at the 2012 Summer Paralympics closing
ceremony, which was widely recognised as a bold contribution to
challenging society's perception of beauty and
disabilities. Viktoria was selected as one of the six
best unsigned artists in the UK by Evo Music Rooms on Channel
Four, and has since been featured in iD, Grazia, The Times and
Eamonn Walsh, neuroscientist.
Eamonn is working as a researcher at King’s College London,
exploring the effects of hypnosis on the brain. He uses
neuroimaging techniques and hypnosis as research tools to
investigate free will, hypnosis, movement, dancing and writing.
Sophie de Oliveira Barata,
Director of the Alternative Limb Project. Sophie works as a
specialist consultant, designing and producing bespoke,
realistic prosthetics for amputees. She also collaborates with
clients and artists to create uniquely imaginative alternative
limbs, incorporating graphics, laser cutting, metalworks,
plastics and woodwork.
Emma Redding, Head of
Dance Science, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and
Dance. Emma was principal investigator of the research project
'Music and Dance Science: Optimising performing potential' and has
managed several investigations into the impact of dance on health
and wellbeing. She is a member of the Board of Directors and
President of the International Association for Dance Medicine and
Tickets will be available from
Friday 4 January at 11.00 – please come back then to book
This event is part of the series Rhythm
is a Dancer, which explores the science behind dance.
Portrait of Catherine Long by Atton Conrad.