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MANCC Welcomes Holly Johnston

Published June 7, 2012

Holly Johnston (CA) Choreographic Fellow | June 12 – 24, 2012

Work in Development: BORDERLINE

At MANCC, Johnston will research a new piece, BORDERLINE, which examines neurological capacity for creativity and how this is, or can be, embodied. The impetus for the piece was derived from Dr. Nancy C. Andreason’s body of work on the intersections between creativity, spirituality, neuroimaging, genomics, and the natural history and neural mechanisms of schizophrenia. Dr. Andreason asks the question, “Does a person’s creative genius reside in their neuroanatomy?”

Through intensive physical training, rigorous rehearsals with creative exercises driven at unveiling emotions embedded in the body through the body, Johnston hopes to learn more about the neurological dimensions of using dance as an expressive medium.

Johnston will meet with FSU Department of Psychology’s Dr. K. Anders Ericsson throughout her residency to discuss themes of training expertise. Dr. Eriscson studies the cognitive structure of expert performance in domains such as music, chess, and sports, and how expert performers acquire their superior performance by extended deliberate practice. Johnston is interested in trying to enact a physical training regiment in line with Dr. Ericsson’s research.

While in residence Johnston will explore questions such as “By activating our physical intelligence — in that way does it enhance other capacities such as the mind and vice versa?”, “What is the expansion of artistic capacity and is it possible?”, and “What is creativity?”.


Seating is limited. To make a reservation, please visit Holly Johnston’s MANCC webpage.

FSU School of Dance
Montgomery Hall – Black Box Theater
June 21, 2012 @ 5:30 pm

Please e-mail for questions. For reservations:

The Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC), at the FSU School of Dance, is a choreographic research and development center whose mission is to raise the value of the creative process in dance.