Session with Maaike Bleeker, Nov. 25, 2013

In this seminar I would like to explore the possibility of dance being about other kinds of movement than those performed by bodies on stage. How could dance be about other kinds of movement? What kinds of movements? In particular I would like to think about how media may transform how we understand and think about movement, and how movement can be part of how we communicate and think.  I would like you to read two texts. One is the chapter “Modern Movement, Dance and the Birth of Cinema” from Dance Film. Choreography and the Moving Image by Erin Brannigan.  The other one is the text “Media Dramaturgies of the Mind: Ivana Müller’s Cinematographic Choreographies”. I would like you to think about  how media may have changed our understanding of dance and choreography .I would also like you to think of examples of choreographies that are about  other kinds of movements than those performed on stage. What kinds of movements are these about?

Maaike Bleeker is a professor of Theatre Studies, and the Head of School of Media and Culture Studies at Utrecht University. She obtained her PhD from the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA). Since 1991, she is also active as dramaturge in theatre and dance. She has published extensively in international journals and edited volumes and edited several books including Anatomy Live: Performance and the Operating Theatre (AUP 2008). Her research on the mediations of theatre and performance as apparatuses of vision has resulted in the first book- length study in English on visuality in the theatre (Visuality in the Theatre, Palgrave, 2008). Maaike Bleeker is president of Performance Studies international (PSi, psi-web.org).

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