Positioning, work sessions with Bruno Listopad, Nov. 27th and 28th, 2013

“The world is full of objects, more or less interesting; I do not wish to add any more.”

Douglas Huebler

 A world increasingly saturated by cultural offer pressures the artists to reflect and re-consider more and more the relevancy of their propositions and how these impact the field. What are artists aspiring at changing, adding or prolonging and according to which principles and rational? Which tactics do these employ, and in which manner do such articulate their objectives?

The coming sessions at ArtEZ MA of Choreography are aimed at instigating the students at reflecting and sharpening the position that they have with their work within contemporary dance/performing arts field and its history. With that attainment in mind, we will organize group discussion sessions around each participant individual presentation. Each presentation should have a format of lecture-performance and should last 10 minutes minimum to 30 minutes maximum. This should include live demonstration of choreographic excerpts and be supplemented with any other additional documentation that helps to elucidate the participant’s principles, artistic aspirations and procedures (video and audio registrations, scores, scripts, photos, writings, etc).  With these lectures-performances the participant is expected to address the topics mentioned together with the struggles he/she faces reaching his/her objectives. Once each presentation is concluded, the whole group will have the opportunity to pose questions and discuss the topics brought by the speaker, addressing both the issues that characterize the work of this, together with those common to everyone’s practice.


featured image: Bruno Listopad, 2013

Bruno Listopad is a Portuguese-Czech choreographer, mentor and independent curator who has studied dance and fine arts. He made his debut in The Netherlands in 1998 at the Holland Dance Festival and received a number of significant awards, including the Prize of Interpretation Prix Volinine, Prize Ribeiro da Fonte, Amsterdam Encouragement Prize, and the Philip Morris Art Prize. His works have been produced and commissioned by Korzo Producties, Dansateliers, Acarte, Productiehuis Zeebelt, CCB, NAi, Productiehuis Rotterdam (Rotterdamse Schouwburg), Holland Dance Festival, Springdance Festival, Krisztina de Châtel, Ballet Gulbenkian, Rotterdam-Porto Cultural Capitals 2001, Dance Works Rotterdam, Nye Carte Blanche, Het Nationale Ballet, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, and Something Raw Festival. Listopad has co-directed the research institute Danslab and co-curated a performance exhibition at the art space TENT Rotterdam. He has taught at institutions such as ArtEZ Master of Choreography, Master Artistic Research KABK and SNDO School for New Dance Development.



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