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Coreography Practices

● discussion

February 21 2015
11am ► Cankarjev dom, Lili Novy Club


Organised by Gibanica, the Slovenian dance platform, an open discussion on the affirmation of choreography practices and procedures will be held on Saturday, 21st February at 11am. The subject will be addressed through the views and work of two exceptional guests: Bojana Kunst, PhD, a philosopher, dramatist and theoretician, and Paula Caspão, PhD, a writer, researcher and dramatist. The open discussion is aimed at the direct implementation of Slovenian choreography practices and procedures, their articulation and broader social affirmation. The event is organised in collaboration with the Association for Contemporary Dance Slovenia and within the annual project Methodologies of Notation of Choreography Practices [Emanat Institute].


On notation
“Every dance and choreographic work develops a special knowledge that will be referred to in our discussion as ‘choreographic practice’. This knowledge – the same as a dance performance itself – appears to be evasive and elusive. There have been many attempts in dance history to look at how to find a form of notation for this knowledge – how to make it visible and above all, durable. But this is a highly ambiguous aspiration; on the one hand notation establishes hierarchic choreography systems and privileges of knowledge whilst on the other, it opens the possibility of historisation of practices that are not always related to words and language but rather to different modes of embodiment, collaboration, the vital release of forces, the possibility of rhythm and structure, the materiality of work and the passage of time. Because of all this, choreographic practice might bring confusion to the organisational practices of archiving and documentation because it points to the diversity of equivalent choreographic proposals and activities which forces every notation to simultaneously invent a system of writing, listening and watching. The lecture and following discussion will address some recent attempts at documenting dance and thereby open the discussion to consider methodologies and modes of movement through knowledge and experience of choreography.” Bojana Kunst


Bojana Kunst, PhD, is a philosopher, dramatist and theoretician of the contemporary performing arts. She is a full professor at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies at Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany, where she took the international masters study of Choreography and Performance in 2012.  She is the author of several books and the editor of monographs including Višnje V Čokoladi, Nemogoče Telo, Nevarne Povezave, Sodobne Scenske Umetnosti (co-editor with Petra Pogorevc), Performance and Labour and the latest publication Umetnik Na Delu – aimed primarily at the affirmation of art practices – which, through reflections on the conditions and status of an artist’s work reveals dangerous connections between capital speculations and an artistic lifestyle


Paula Caspão, PhD, is a writer, researcher and dramatist currently based in Paris and working at the crossroads between choreography and other fields, and between theory and practice. She is in particular interested in exploring the modalities of fiction [both in the field of choreography as well as education] and the politics and economies of perception, movement and discourse. Within her literary and videographic work, she reflects on the possible relations between writing and action, movement and language whilst collecting materials from heterogeneous [non]areas such as conversations in the street, weather forecasts, road movies,  gastronomy, politics, geography, old time radio novels, histories of animals, objects, plants, botanic taxonomies, notations of movements and ghosts.