University of Edinburgh Main Library: Body Language: Movement, Dance and Physical Education in Scotland

Aberdeen Rooftop Exercise

[Until 26th October]

At the University of Edinburgh Main Library, the lives and work of female pioneers in movement, dance and physical education are celebrated in Body Language: Movement, Dance and Physical Education in Scotland, an exhibition featuring films, photographs and costumes from dance pioneer Margaret Morris, the Scottish Gymnastics team and Dunfermline College of Physical Education, the first in Scotland to train female teachers in physical education.

Choreographer Margaret Morris (1891-1980) developed a dance and movement therapy which is still taught around the world today. Footage is shown from 1926 of tuberculosis sufferers using the movements outdoors in Switzerland as part of their treatment.

Morris’ notebooks, which offer insights into how the choreography was transcribed, are displayed alongside striking photographs of people being taught the distinctive technique.

Paintings from Morris’ long-term partner John Duncan Fergusson, one of the Scottish Colourists are also on show. Morris was influenced by his work and use of colour.

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