Carolina Bergonzoni

My research is focusing on the phenomenology of dance (body, space and time), particularly through the work of the French philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty, as well as the investigation of the notion of presence in dance and performance. 

My thesis, during my philosophical studies, concerned different aspects of the dancing bodies, such as its role in space and time, the relationship with the audience and the notion of dancer's presence, especially through a phenomenological lens. The phenomenology of the dancing and performing body, as well as the notion of presence are my main research interests at the moment. I am studying these aspects through the thoughts of Maurice Merleau-Ponty, as well as neuroscientists and neurophysiologists (Alain Berthoz, Alva Noƫ, Hubert Godard...)

As a scholar, I have been studying the dance works of the Italian dancer and choreographer Simona Bertozzi since 2010. My MA's thesis in Philosophical Science - titled Body, space and dance starting from Merleau-Ponty - showed fundamental key-concepts (presence, awareness and intention) of dance, and it also concerned the influences of the contemporary dance works of Bertozzi. My BA's thesis, titled History and meeting of communicated body. Bodygraphies from Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Rudolf Laban, showed the connections between the works of the philosopher Merleau-Ponty (1908 - 1961) and the dance theories of the Hungarian dancer Rudolf Laban (1879 - 1958).

For my MA at the School for the Contemporary Art (SFU), I conducted research on the notion of presence in dance, particularly in the work Saudade by Vancouver-based choreographer Rob Kitsos. 

During my BA in Philosophy and my MA in Philosophic Science, I received three mentions of merit for my GPA. During my MA at SFU, I received the TMRA (Travel and Minor Research Award), which allowed me to travel to Iceland for the 12th NOFOD - Conference Expanding Notion: Dance/Practice/Research/method. (May 2015). Through FCAT Travel Grant, I had the privilege to present my paper "Fantasmata and Presence: A Comparison Between Domenico Da Piacenza (1455) and Simona Bertozzi" during SDHS/CORD Annual Conference 2015 in Athens, Greece, titled Cut & Paste: Dance Advocacy in the Age of Austerity.

I am also a teacher of Philosophy for children (P4C). I was part of the founding Editorial Board of the Comparative Media Arts Journal (Simon Fraser University).


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