Somatic Ergonomics: Caring the Bodymind with Precision
11:30 - 13:00
The idea of care is central to many embodied and performative practices. The outbreak of the pandemic has further underscored the urgency and the need for examining ways of enhancing care through them. Following my last presentation at Body IQ 2019, I argue in this lecture workshop that to effectively provide care we need to care for the bodymind with precision. To accomplish this, our understanding of care should expand from that of personal and social care to medical care. In this presentation, I make reference to “Probody Aesthetics as Self-Care in the High-Tech (Post)pandemic Era”, a Practice as Research (PaR) theatre workshop conducted at the National University of Singapore on Feb 22-24, 2021. In the PaR workshop we innovated the idea of somatic ergonomics by integrating Pilates-based rehab exercises into the creative process of performance making. Here I discuss the idea of somatic ergonomics and some of its methods and application that help support care provision with enhanced precision. This will be followed by a workshop in which participants get to experience some of the methods we are currently developing.
Peilin Liang is Associate Professor of Theatre Studies at the National University of Singapore. Her research interests include performer training, probody aesthetics, community engagement in intercultural and (post)colonial contexts. She is the author of Bodies and Transformance in Taiwanese Contemporary Theater (2020). Her works have appeared in Theatre Topics, Contemporary Theatre Review, Theatre Research International, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, Research in Drama Education (RiDE), and Performance Research. Her latest work focuses on the integration of health and wellness care with the arts. To learn more about her work, see peilinliang.com. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.