1. Embody (In My Body), Dancing the Early Years is a conference unpacking four years of dance research with a community of children and parents, through Reggio Emilia principles, embodied learning, and connecting art and parenthood.

    Location: The Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre : 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver.

    Conference + Performance: January 17, 2015 from 9:30-am-3:30pm $40/$30 Early Bird (December 15).

    Register at 604-713-1800.

    Certificate of completions will be available for early childhood educators.

    Performance only: January 17, 2015, 11am. $10/$5 students and seniors, Free 5yrs and under.

    Keynote: Patricia Reedy, Director of Teaching and Learning at the Luna Dance Institute (Oakland, CA).

    Speakers include: Julie Lebel, Elizabeth Mackenzie and Susan Hoppenfeld.

    Performance by the Foolish Operations Ensemble / Dancing the Parenting, musicians Mark Haney, Mark Beaty and Rachael Wadham, and dancers Meredith Kalaman and Anne Cooper. The creative team includes video artist Brian Lye, rehearsal director Caroline Liffmann and stage manager Kristina Lemieux.

    This event is made possible with the financial support of the BC Arts Council and the Roundhouse Community Association as well as the in kind support of Creekside Community Recreation Centre and Trout Lake Community Centre. We are very grateful for the support.
    More information at julielebeldanceprojects.wordpress.com/

    About this video:
    Project direction: Julie Lebel
    Music: Mark Haney and Mark Beaty
    Video: Brian Lye

    Dancers:

    Michele Andersen, Mateo and Aiden
    Anne Cooper
    Iwona Gilarska, Grace
    Madoka Hara, Cosmo
    Carey-Jo Hoffman, Oscar
    Nissa Howard
    Andrea Keevil, Aria
    Julie Lebel, June and Léonie
    Peggy Leung
    Brigid MacAulay, Maeve
    Julia McMahon, Juliette
    Jay S. Nahani, Chloe
    Leslie Topness, Sevrin

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  2. About the keynote speech, from Patricia Reedy:
    "I created the keynote speech, "I, We, Us" in an attempt to pull together my work at Luna Dance Institute, specifically the work we do through dance with families and very young children, and my larger mission of serving humanity through my skills of teaching, learning and creating. This 45-minute journey describes my personal history in dance education through Luna, the theoretical underpinnings of our work in early childhood and the potential for healing ourselves and our communities through personal discovery, relationships with others, paying attention and movement building."

    Embody/In My Body creative team: Brian Lye (video artist), Caroline Liffmann (rehearsal director), Kristina Lemieux (stage manager), Diane Park (costume designer) and Marie Lopes (Park Board Arts Team), Susan Hoppenfeld (conference consultant), Elizabeth MacKenzie (conference panelist) and Patricia Reedy (keynote speaker).

    Special thanks to funders, partners and supporters: BC Arts Council, Vancouver Park Board, Roundhouse Community Centre Association, Moberly Arts & Culture, Trout Lake CC, Creekside CC, Karen and Gary Simkin Family Child Development Centre, The Luna Dance Institute, Danita Noyes, Cyndy Chwelos, Lorrie Wager, Manabu Koshimura, OPUS Hotel and Urban Fare.

    Camera : Brian Lye and Benny Schuetze
    Editing: Brian Lye
    Video @ Julie Lebel 2015

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  3. Intrigued by threads of connection, Susan Hoppenfeld unpacks Julie Lebel's practice using some of the philosophical principles from the preschools in Reggio Emilia, Italy.

    Embody/In My Body creative team: Brian Lye (video artist), Caroline Liffmann (rehearsal director), Kristina Lemieux (stage manager), Diane Park (costume designer) and Marie Lopes (Park Board Arts Team), Susan Hoppenfeld (conference consultant), Elizabeth MacKenzie (conference panelist) and Patricia Reedy (keynote speaker).

    Special thanks to funders, partners and supporters: BC Arts Council, Vancouver Park Board, Roundhouse Community Centre Association, Moberly Arts & Culture, Trout Lake CC, Creekside CC, Karen and Gary Simkin Family Child Development Centre, The Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver, The Luna Dance Institute, Danita Noyes, Cyndy Chwelos, Lorrie Wager, Manabu Koshimura, OPUS Hotel and Urban Fare.

    Camera : Brian Lye and Benny Schuetze
    Editing: Brian Lye
    Video @ Julie Lebel 2015

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  4. This talk considers how becoming an artist mother empowered Elizabeth MacKenzie to redefine what it means to be a mother as well as what it means to be an artist. She discusses a few of her projects in relation to maternal ambivalence and points to the creative possibilities within this dual role.
    blogs.eciad.ca/elizabethmackenzie/?cat=1313

    Embody/In My Body creative team: Brian Lye (video artist), Caroline Liffmann (rehearsal director), Kristina Lemieux (stage manager), Diane Park (costume designer) and Marie Lopes (Park Board Arts Team), Susan Hoppenfeld (conference consultant), Elizabeth MacKenzie (conference panelist) and Patricia Reedy (keynote speaker).
    julielebeldanceprojects.wordpress.com/embody-in-my-body/

    Special thanks to funders, partners and supporters: BC Arts Council, Vancouver Park Board, Roundhouse Community Centre Association, Moberly Arts & Culture, Trout Lake CC, Creekside CC, Karen and Gary Simkin Family Child Development Centre, The Luna Dance Institute, Danita Noyes, Cyndy Chwelos, Lorrie Wager, Manabu Koshimura, OPUS Hotel and Urban Fare.

    Camera : Brian Lye and Benny Schuetze
    Editing: Brian Lye
    Video @ Julie Lebel 2015

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  5. Process Notes on Dancing the Parenting with the Foolish Operations Ensemble
    By Julie Lebel, lead artist and Embody Conference producer.

    This presentation explores the research questions I have had in mind:

    1. What if we took young children's input seriously? To say that “dancing children are cute” is true, but it also can be a reductive statement. If we shift our lens slightly we can revel in the way that children break conventions. We can shift the power dynamic and collaborate with young children.
    2. Why is the subject of motherhood under represented in art? Why Maternity, family-relationships, pregnancy, breastfeeding, should be subjects of the private? Why should it stay “at home”?
    3. What can I learn from dancing with my children and other parents and children?
    4. How can I bring my artist self and new mother self together?

    Embody/In My Body creative team: Brian Lye (video artist), Caroline Liffmann (rehearsal director), Kristina Lemieux (stage manager), Diane Park (costume designer) and Marie Lopes (Park Board Arts Team), Susan Hoppenfeld (conference consultant), Elizabeth MacKenzie (conference panelist) and Patricia Reedy (keynote speaker).

    Special thanks to funders, partners and supporters: BC Arts Council, Vancouver Park Board, Roundhouse Community Centre Association, Moberly Arts & Culture, Trout Lake CC, Creekside CC, Karen and Gary Simkin Family Child Development Centre, The Luna Dance Institute, Danita Noyes, Cyndy Chwelos, Lorrie Wager, Manabu Koshimura, OPUS Hotel and Urban Fare.

    Camera : Brian Lye and Benny Schuetze
    Editing: Brian Lye
    @ Julie Lebel 2015

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Embody (In My Body), Dancing the Early Years was a one day conference (January 17 2015) unpacking four years of dance research with a community of children and parents, through Reggio Emilia principles, embodied learning, and connecting art and parenthood. This conference brought together artists, parents, educators and theorists in a dialogue around this project and artistic practice as an integral part of intergenerational family and community life.

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