Moved By Music


6:00 pm

What if pianist Franz Liszt had performed behind a screen? Would the reported 'poetry' of his performance have been diminished?  Do you tap your toe when listening to up-beat music?  This talk examines how musicians use movements to convey emotional expressivity, rely on corporeal information to maintain group cohesion in ensemble performance and use the spontaneously produced movements like finger clicking when listening to music. The theoretical foundation of the presentation will be 'embodied cognition', that is,  the view that knowledge is attained through sensorimotor representations of the world and that the human body acts as the main mediator between our thoughts and the environment.

This seminar is presented by Professor Jane Davidson, Callaway/Tunley Chair of Music; Director of the Callaway Centre at the University of Western Australia; and Leader of the Performance Program for the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for the History of the Emotions.

Location: The Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre, Cnr Southbank Boulevard & Sturt Street, Southbank, Vic.


This event is free and general admission, however tickets are required for entry.

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