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Choreographing the..

Organised and hosted by Takako Hasegawa

Series: Symposium
Date: Friday 26 April 2013
Time: 10:00
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 379 mins


Drawing from past conversations held at the AA on contemporary dance, performance and architecture (Bêka & Partners, October 2012; Peter Pabst and Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, Feb 2013), this symposium invites choreographers, dancers and artists to explore how their professional practices cross-pollinate with other fields. The ephemeral nature of their work questions and inspires spatial perceptions in relation to the body and subjective experience. The symposium aims to unfold this rich territory in order to challenge the role of architecture by reframing the perspectives of the creative process. 

The symposium is organised and hosted by Takako Hasegawa.

Symposium Schedule

10.00    Introduction


10.15    Choreographing the Felt Feeling – Olafur Eliasson (pre-recorded presentation)

10.45    Choreographing the Quantum Space – Gilles Jobin

11.30    Choreographing Digital Embodiment – Marie-Claude Paulin & Emma E Howes


12.30    Lunch break


13.30    Choreographing the Spectators, Extras, 'Espontáneous', Figures... – La Ribot

14.10    Choreographing the Space in the Body – Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (pre-recorded presentation) 

14.40    Choreographing the Space Between – Siobhan Davies


15.30    Round Table Panel Discussion + Q&A

Confirmed Participants

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui Dancer, choreographer, artistic director of Eastman (pre-recorded presentation – will not be present at the event).

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui achieves a high-wire balancing act between different media, ideas and angles while juggling the styles of his diverse performers. He enjoys working with performers who have different techniques, physiques, ages, nationalities and languages; he is eclectic with subject - switching between sacred and profane, drama and comedy – and media (sound, props, speech, writing, film).

Siobhan Davies Dancer, choreographer, director of Siobhan Davies Dance

Since 1967, Siobhan Davies has been re-inventing her dance and the forms of engagement, as well as collaborating with various artists in diverse creative fields. She has recently completed the digital archive of her entire works as a creative resource, and she continues to commission artist–dancer collaborations to create works inspired by each others' creative practice.

Olafur Eliasson Artist (pre-recorded presentation – will not be present at the event)

Olafur Eliasson’s art projects are increasingly concerned with spatial perception. His studio explores movement and choreography as part of its daily practice, thus broadening the territory of art. Recent work includes ‘Movement Microscope’, where the dancers made residences in the art studio, which created an augmented sense of space in everyday scenes of the life.

Gilles Jobin Choreographer, Dancer

Gilles Jobin is known for his radical artistic directions, having been internationally recognised as the precursor of a new generation of European choreographers. In March 2012 he was awarded the first Collide@CERN-Geneva prize in Dance and Performance for his proposal to use interventions to explore dance and the relationship between mind and body at the world’s largest particle physics laboratory.

Marie-Claude Poulin Artistic director of kondition pluriel
Emma Waltraud Howes Dance-based artist

Founded by Marie-Claude Poulin and Martin Kusch, kondition pluriel is known for its research, development and activities in contemporary dance, performative installations and interactive environment. Presented in galleries, museums, public spaces and theatres, their creations and theoretical debates combine live arts and media arts. Marie-Claude will be in discussion with the company's associated artist Emma Howes, whose works involve live performance and interdisciplinary installations.

La Ribot Dancer, choreographer, artist

Maria Ribot has contributed to the development of contemporary dance since the mid-1980s. She exposes and questions the eye, from the perspective of the body, the space, the image and the movement. Her work is organised as a system that allows her to do research, and to develop and question the temporal, spatial and conceptual limits of dance.

Image: Siobhan Davies, A Series of Appointments for ROTOR 2010, photo Pari Naderi 

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