[Podcast] Earbud_U, Season Four, Episode # 5 – Dana Caspersen, Dancer, Conflict Specialist, Author, Performance Facilitator
The results of our conflicts, disagreements, differences of opinion and more are manifest not only in our lives, but also are captured in our physical bodies.
Structural violence, social justice, and where is all of this exactly in the individual’s body?
Our guest today on the show, Dana Caspersen, is a conflict specialist, author, dancer, and performing artist.
Her work focuses on empowering people to transform conflict from the inside: changing the conversation by changing their own actions and approach.
Dance is not something that I know anything about. Sure, my daughter does dance. And I’ve done some dancing in the past. And my wife likes to go dancing.
But that’s just the rantings of a dilettante who knows nothing about the process of art. Kind of like a weekend painter or a casual sculpture.
Dana has written a book about all of this, including how implicit biases live in the way that the body moves. It’s the mind-body connection where a lot of the outcomes of conflict live at.
And we all do performances so that we don’t have to listen to each other, much less our own selves…
Here’s the thing though: Violence captured in bodies ends up leading to violent lives.
And even if there isn’t any overt physical violence, the toll that stress takes on a body in conflict is manifest in the ways that we walk, talk, and carry ourselves.
None of this is easy to talk about, much less recognize, which is why Dana does the work that she does, and why she wrote the book that she wrote.
Dance, movement, conflict, and systemic violence.
All elements that meet in a miasma of conflicting ideas that continuously crash around us.
Whether we are consciously aware of it…or not….
Connect with Dana through all the ways you can below:
Dana’s Tedx Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfQeH3092Sc
Dana Caspersen’s Website: http://danacaspersen.com/
Dana on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DanaCaspersen/
Dana on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dana-caspersen-99243827
Dana on Twitter: https://twitter.com/danacaspersen
Dana Caspersen’s YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCpuYD5HgcyW3MxvPxNL5YA
Knotunknot Documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJ39dpZMNmw
2 Reviews of Dana’s Book: