[Editor’s note: Bimbola Akinbola, a PhD candidate in American Studies at the University of Maryland, was Dance Exchange’s communications work/study for our 2013 Summer Institute. She blogged daily about her experience in the Summer Institute, and this is her final post. You can read her other blogs here. –S.L.]
It took me a little longer to write this post but it has been hard to sum up my summer experience at Dance Exchange. Now that the institute is over, I’ve found myself missing the feeling of starting my days attempting to tackle complicated choreography in a fog of Tiger Balm. My mind has been spinning with new ideas. Participating in the institute brought alive for me the potential of movement as a method for historical inquiry–an idea that I had conceptualized but never attempted to put into practice. After living completely in my body for 10 days I am eager to incorporate a physical element into my intellectual work. Above all I am beyond inspired by the brilliant and talented dancers (and new friends) that I crossed paths with. I look forward to future conversations and collaborations despite the states (and oceans) that separate us, and of course to hanging around Dance Exchange when I get a chance.