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Dossier on no. 1

March 9 2017
10.00 – 12.00 ►Cankarjev dom I Lili Novy Club

DOSSIER ON no. 1: Open work and improvisational forms of dance; scores, tasks, principles, starting points
discussion event

The event will be held in English.

Although contemporary dance has been related to improvisation either as a function in the creative processes or an open form of stage performance since its beginnings, the need for systematic production and use of improvisational tools only emerged in the 1950’s in the USA. With its liberal approach to emancipated individuals, modern forms of art had a high appreciation of spontaneity and freedom. The emergence of improvisational practices suddenly posed a number of questions and problems regarding production, authorship, education, distribution, aesthetics and theory. From the revolt against the modernist hierarchized contemporary dance production, which generated choreographical technologists and stars, the members of the American and European neo-avant-gardes under the influence of new modes of collectivisation in visual and performing arts began to search for new choreographic sources that would replace a choreographer as a distributor of individual style with a linguistically formed concept. They started to substitute the authority of a choreographer with scores, tasks, principles and starting points. The increasing interest in improvisational practices and open works as well as alternative choreographic approaches requires new reflection on (linguistic) systems which have become choreographic sources. How does one think about open work and improvisation today?

Participants in discussion: Rok Vevar, Pia Brezavšček, Nika Leskovšek, Samo Oleami