A performer captured from above as they are
"This Living Dancer Project" (2019) by Seika Boye. Dancer Raoul Wilke. Photo by Craig Boyko.


The Moving, Dancing, Knowledge series engaged learning communities within and beyond the university to highlight dance scholarship and practice, the role of dance and movement in physical and mental well-being, and the considerations of dance as both an artistic and activist form that embodies intersecting identities. Building from “Dance Beyond Performance,” a panel hosted in 2020 by the Institute for Dance Studies and the Well Being Collective at Hart House, this exhibit shares key insights from dance scholars, artists, and activists working within the University of Toronto.

Through this exhibit, we invite you to explore the movement of your body through this space.

Each dance artist, scholar, and activist featured on these walls tells a story of how dance has moved them. Interspersed among these quotes are short movement scores that invite you to reflect on your own story in relation to dance. These movement scores provide you with a prompt or task to interpret in this space. Whether it is noticing your breath, feeling your weight, or finding care through your movement, we invite you to listen to the stories held within the muscles, flesh, and bones of your body. We invite you to notice all the knowledge being released through the movement of your body—all of the sensations that arise from being here, in this place.

Exhibition Credits

Jose Miguel Esteban
Administration Assistant, Institute for Dance Studies
Exhibition Curator

Seika Boye
Assistant Professor, Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, UTSG
Director, Institute for Dance Studies
Series Producer

Jessica Rayne
Community Partnerships Coordinator, UTSC
Hart House Program Associate (Former)
Series Co-Producer

Elif Izikozlu
Administration Assistant, Institute for Dance Studies
Series Co-Producer

Ben Luu

Thank you to Michelle Brownrigg, Day Milman, Saša Rajšić, Gillian Lewis, and the Hart House Team for their support of the Moving Dancing Knowledge Series. And thank you to all of our contributors whose work and insights have made this exhibit possible.

Participant Bios

About the Institute for Dance Studies

The Institute for Dance Studies is a research community hosted within the Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies at the University of Toronto. Through meetings, events, practice‑based research, and resource‑sharing, we are a platform of support for scholars, students, dance‑related professionals, and people who dance in ALL ways and aspects of life. It is our mandate to work to advocate for the value of dance beyond performance.


Institute for Dance Studies

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  • Date: Fri, Mar 17, 2023
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  • Time & Duration: (all day) (1 days)
  • Cost:
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  • Venue:
    Hart House
    7 Hart House Cir,
    Toronto, ON M5S 3H3
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  • Room: Main Floor Hallway
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