Inspired by the ideas of Brian Massumi, by the choreographies of Pina Bausch, William Forsythe and LeineRoebana, I propose to conceptualise contemporary dance as a posthuman enterprise. The modernist ideas that dominated dance before, starting from ideas of the body and experimenting with the possibilities of human expression, have been replaced by strategies and tactics that do not start from the human body anymore. Instead, experiments with “movements that matter” reveal a much more ecological approach to dance in which the human body, as well as the traditions that it incorporates, are taken up into different series of movements that actualize in a variety of (human and non-human) bodies.
November 21st, 16:30 at ArtEZ, Onderlangs 9, Theatrium (exact location yet to be announced). Would you like to attend this lecture? Please let us know if you are coming by sending an email to Konstantina Georgelou at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rick Dolphijn is assistant professor in cultural theory at the Media and Culture Studies Department, Utrecht University, the Netherlands and Senior Fellow at the Centre for the Humanities at the same institute. He has written on material culture and the arts in journals like Angelaki, Deleuze Studies and Collapse. His latest book, co-authored with Iris van der Tuin, is entitled New Materialism: Interviews and Cartographies (Open Humanities Press, 2012).
Featured image: Courtesy of Ohio State University and the Forsythe Company