Carolina Bergonzoni

I am a funded PhD student in the Arts Education program at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver (Canada). My research focuses on the intersection between phenomenology and dance practices; specifically through the work of Maurice Merleau-Ponty. Recently, I have become interested in the use of language and translation in community engaged and integrated dance classes.

During my philosophical studies, I investigated 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. As a scholar, I studied the dance works of the Italian dancer and choreographer Simona Bertozzi for over 6 years. My MA's thesis in Philosophical Science showed fundamental key-concepts (presence, awareness, and intention) of dance, and it concerned the influences of the contemporary dance works of Bertozzi. My BA's thesis in Philosophy showed the connections between the works of the Merleau-Ponty (1908 - 1961) and the dance theories of Rudolf Laban (1879 - 1958).

For my MA in Comparative Media Arts (School for the Contemporary Art, Simon Fraser University) I conducted research on the notion of presence in dance, particularly in regard to the work Saudade, created by Vancouver-based choreographer Rob Kitsos. 

During my studies, I received three mentions of merit for my GPA, a TMRA (Travel and Minor Research Award) that 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) and I was part of the founding Editorial Board of the Comparative Media Arts Journal (Simon Fraser University).

Click here for a list of my papers/conference proceedings.