Sharon Babcock & Kate Trammell


October 1, 2014 to October 4, 2014

They delight in the energy that is sparked when diverse learners from the arts and sciences "mix it up"

Experiential Anatomy Workshops

Sharon Babcock, with her PhD in anatomy from Duke University, and a fascination with creativity, has joined forces with dancer/choreographer Kate Trammell, who teaches anatomy for dancers, to explore the creative pedagogy of anatomy. They delight in the energy that is sparked when diverse learners from the arts and sciences "mix it up" in a learning environment filled with movement, play, humor, and creativity. In these two introductory workshops, participants will explore an anatomical topic of shared relevance via movement-based, multi-sensory approaches. Come ready to think, move, play, and learn! No prior dance or anatomy experience necessary.  Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 4:40pm to 6:10pm, in Hull Dance Studio, and Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 6:15pm, in the Ark Dance Studio.  


Dance Theatre Performance

Namely, Muscles is an evening-length solo by 2013 Guggenheim Fellow Claire Porter, and will be performed by visiting artist Kate Trammell. This comedic dance theatre work portrays Dr. Nickie Nom, Forensic Orthopedic Autopsy Muscular Anatomical Surgical Specialist (for the county), as she gives a reading from her new book of poems, Namely, Muscles. Her 30 plus poems enact 68 major muscles of the body.  The performance will be followed by a talkback led by anatomist Dr. Sharon Babcock of James Madison University. The talkback will include a interdisciplinary panel of Duke faculty and students.  Kate Trammell, Professor of Dance at James Madison University, is a choreographer who also teaches anatomy. She is one of the few artists given permission to perform Namely, Muscles, and learned the work from the choreographer in 2013 Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 8:00pm, the Ark.  FULL INFO

This residency is co-sponsored by the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology, the Dean of Natural Sciences, the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts, and is supported by the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation.


Embodied Learning Project, Duke University Dance Program