The international symposium ‘Imprints of Ancient Greek and Roman Dance: Texts, Bodies, Images, Movement’ will be held 23-24 September 2022 at the Fundación Pastor de Estudios Clásicos in Madrid.

The symposium celebrates the culmination of a two-year research project on dance in Greek and Roman Antiquity, which was generously funded by the Fundación BBVA and the Spanish Society of Classical Studies (Sociedad Española de Estudios Clásicos) through the Programa Logos de ayudas a la investigación en Estudios Clásicos, with additional support from the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters and the Department of Classical Philology in the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM).

This will be a free in-person event. The papers will be in English, but the Q&A will be conducted in both Spanish and English. Students will receive a certificate of attendance. If you are interested in attending the conference, please email: [email protected]


Friday, 23 September 2022
10:00 Opening of the Symposium: Prof. D. Emilio Crespo Güemes, President of the Fundación Pastor, and Prof. D. Jesús de la Villa Polo, President of the Spanish Society of Classical Studies (Sociedad Española de Estudios Clásicos).

10:20-11:00. Rosa Andújar (King’s College London), “Dancing in the Ancient City: A Geography”.
11:00-11:40. Lauren Curtis (Bard College), “The Roman Forum as Site for Dance”.
Coffee Break
12:10-12:50. Sarah Olsen (Williams College), “Dancing Trees in Greek and Roman Poetry”.
12:50-13:30. Zoa Alonso Fernández (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), “Aquatic Choruses at the Colosseum”
Lunch Break

15:40-16:20. Naomi Weiss (Harvard University), “Constructing Audiences in Ancient Greece and Rome”.
16:20-17:00. Karin Schlapbach (Université de Fribourg), “How to Dance When Dance is Not Invented Yet: On Some Uses of Objects and Attributes”.
Coffee Break
17:30-18:10. Carolyn Laferrière (Princeton University Art Museum), “Dancing Gods and Ritual Performance in Greek and Roman Art”.
18:10-18:50. Laura Gianvittorio-Ungar (Österreichisches Archäologisches Institut), “Petrifying Performances: Niobe in Tragedy and Pantomime”.

Saturday, 24 September
11:00. Round table with IDA Project members on reconceptualizing dance in Greek and Roman Antiquity.
13.00. Closing

Dr Rosa Andújar  (she/her) | Senior Lecturer in Liberal Arts
Departments of Liberal Arts and Classics | King’s College London
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Phone: +44 (0)20 7848 0486

Associate Editor | American Journal of Philology
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