(dis)Embodied Touch: a performance series on theatre, music and healing




(dis)Embodied Touch is a performance series on theater, music and healing. Started by faculty in the University of Virginia Department of Music, researchers in the School of Nursing, and by Presence Theater of the McGuffey Arts Center, The series aims to address public health concerns using practices derived from theatre and music. 2007 featured the premiere of "Light Catchers" an electroacoustic Forum theatre work. 2008 features multimedia performances on movement and healing.

performances and media:

11/21/08: Multimedia Concert on Movement and Healing
Friday, November 21, 8pm
Studio 11, McGuffey Arts Center in downtown Charlottesville, Virginia (201 2nd St, NW).

The evening will feature an array of multimedia pieces on the theme “Movement and Healing” with a concentration on autism. The concert presents a blend of experimental music, digital video projection, and modern and world dance created and performed by Freida Abtan, Rose Beauchamp, Aniseh Burtner, Dawn Burtner, Matthew Burtner, Fire in the Belly, Aurie Hsu, inFluxdance, Autumn Proctor, Nathan Rogers, and Allison Shearer.

Come and engage with us in interactive live performance using movement, music and digital media. Sound performance and choreography will invite audience participation. Global perceptions of healing from Pacific Island traditions and the Middle-East share the stage with contemporary ritual music for stones and educational approaches for teaching children with autism.

Doors will open at 7:45pm and the program will begin at 8pm. McGuffey Art Center is located at 201 Second Street NW; the show will be held in Studio 11. The concert is free and open to the public. Donations will help support the ongoing activities of McGuffey's Studio 11.


i-phone or i-Tunes ready mp4 of the opening of the Light Catchers electroacoustic theatre work, from the premiere performance

4/2/08: Take Back the Night
Fenwick Auditorium, McLeod Hall
Wednesday, April 2, 8:30pm
"Light Catchers" (2007) returns for an encore Charlottesville performance. Musical composition and performance by Matthew Burtner, dramatized text by Caruso Brown, case studies of domestic violence collected by Dr. Barbara Parker, and forum theatre by Presence Theatre and Maria-Cecilia Venzon.


12/8/07: Light Catchers premiere
Saturday, December 8, 8pm
Studio 11, McGuffey Arts Center in downtown Charlottesville, Virginia (201 2nd St, NW).

"Light Catchers" (2007) a musical composition by Matthew Burtner was adapted into a work of forum theatre using dramatized text by Caruso Brown and case studies of domestic violence collected by Dr. Barbara Parker. Mecca Burns, Brad Stoller and Maria-Cecilia Venzon created Forum Theatre for the performance.


Matthew Burtner, mburtner-at-virginia.edu,
We welcome guests on the series and opportunities to travel for performances.


special thanks to our supporters and affiliates:

McGuffey Arts Center, Charlottesville
Deans of Arts and Sciences Research Support, University of Virginia
Virginia Center for Computer Music
Charlottesville Women's Shelter
College Music Society Committee on Community Engagement
UVA School of Nursing
WEArts (World Experimental Arts)
Presence Theatre



© Matthew Burtner, 2007-2008