Erasmus Intensive Programme 13-14, Composition: Poetics and Procedure in Individual Performance-Berlin Oct.20-Nov.2, 2013

Building on the 2011/ 2012 IPs, which investigated composition in its collaborative, social and aesthetic forms, the focus of the 2013 Erasmus IP Composition: Poetics and Procedure in Individual Performance concentrates on notions of structure (poetics) and making (composition) in individual and solo work, signature and authorship. The IP investigates how a notion of poetics as a way of structuring performance beyond conventional disciplinary modalities may be understood and applied in contemporary dance and performance practice. The IP enables the sharing of different perspectives on a) subjectivities of the artist in relation to contexts and other systems; b) methodologies of presentation in specific thematic and performative modes; c) compositional and procedural strategies and tactics in solo work. The IP continues to provide a framework for the interactive sharing and analysis of compositional, choreographic and dramaturgical approaches to performance. It investigates how such approaches differ from or complement each other; what kinds of pedagogical methods are employed in the making of performance and how procedural poetics contributes to both educational and professional practice.

Erasmus IP Berlin 2013:

Erasmus IP Helsinki 2012:

Partners: UDK Berlin, Stichting ArtEZ Arnhem, Taideyliopiston Teatterikorkeakoulu Helsinki, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance London, Akademija Dramske Umjetnosti Sveučilišta u Zagrebu, Falmouth University, and Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha.
21.10.2013 I 11 AM – 1:00 PM keynote and discussion
Ric Allsopp: “Notes on Poetics and Choreography“

This initial keynote asks what might be at stake for individual solo work, signature and authorship, and provides a background to what might constitute a poetics of radical coherence for individual practice. It aligns a poetics of writing with a poetics of movement and draws on work in both mid-twentieth century projective and contemporary poetics (Olson, Bruns, Fisher, Nichols) and a poetics of contemporary dance (Louppe) that suggests that both poetry and dance are ‘languages’ that operate in excess of the functions of language, and open the possibilities of radical approaches to coherence and affection.

Ric Allsopp is currently Professor of Contemporary Performance and Head of Dance & Choreography at Falmouth University, UK. He is a co-founder and joint editor of the international journal Performance Research.

22.10.2013 I 11 AM – 1:00 PM keynote and discussion
Sandra Umathum: “The Art of making a Performance – Xavier Le Roy’s Product of Other Circumstances“

In his performance Product of Other Circumstances Xavier Le Roy not only presents the result of a working process. Instead, the working process itself becomes the subject of presentation and reflection. Le Roy gives insight into the particular circumstances he was confronted with and, in doing so, he also addresses general conditions of contemporary artistic production. In my lecture I will, on the one hand, focus on the way this performance deals with the challenges of performance making. On the other hand, I would like to bring into discussion nowadays’ artistic labour with respect to questions of research, professionalism/dilettantism, economics of time, etc.

Sandra Umathum is professor for theatre studies and dramaturgy at the Hochschule für Schauspielkunst ‘Ernst Busch’ since April 2013. She collaborated in various projects of Christoph Schlingensief, and she was an assistant of Tino Sehgal for the exhibition „This situation“ at Hamburger Bahnhof Berlin.

23.10.2013 I 11 AM – 1:00 PM keynote and discussion
Miika Luoto: “Work, practice, event: On the “poietic” character of art”

A work of art is both produced and “productive”. Coming forth from human activity, it essentially exceeds this activity as it allows the coming into presence of something. How to think about this “production”? The Greek word for production is poiêsis (which also designates “poetry”); according to Plato, it means the cause of the passage from non-existence to existence. For us moderns, however, it is difficult to understand such a coming into presence that may take place either naturally or through human work.

Miika Luoto is a Finnish philosopher, aesthetician and translator. At present he is Lecturer of philosophy and performance theory at the Theatre Academy of the University of Arts Helsinki. Currently, he is finishing an English-language study on Heidegger reflecting on the question of art as a problem of finitude and historicity.

24.10.2013 I 11 AM – 1:00 PM keynote and discussion
Elena Giannotti: “Rider in Arena – A history of contingency”

Rider in Arena is the title of a series of solos and also a personal history of practicing ‘making dance’. My experience of practice can be narrated through anecdotes and storytelling, recalling a personal story, where a natural attitude to isolation and a recondite approach to dance is also contaminated by the crowd. Rider in Arena is also a jump into future. The work is not finished yet: the capacity of imagination and dreaming is a primary tool for me to diverge creation from conceptual thinking. (Elena Giannotti)

Elena Giannotti is an independent dancer. Besides working with several companies, she has been Rosemary Butcher’s main Interpreter for more than 10 years. She started to make her own work in 2008. Elena is a Chinese Medicine, Tuina and Qi Gong Practitioner and a Social Dreaming Facilitator.

28.10.2013 I 6:00 PM Artist Talk
Vaginal Davis: “Beware the Holy Retarded Whore -The Temporary, Contemporary Contemporaneous Free Style of Vaginal Davis“

Like a Bull in a China Shop Ms. Davis will righteously rant about her three decades long career as an underclass, underground artist breaking all the rules of propriety and politeness as she unsettles middle class notions of civility and structure in discourse. Prepare yourself for some tense and awkward moments as she unleashes her Black Madame Mao wrathe.

Vaginal Davis is a performance artist, film director, musician and zine editor. She is an originator of the homo-core punk movement and a gender-queer art-music icon. She is the key proponent of the disruptive performance aesthetic known as terrorist drag.


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