What can the modes of learning, creation and exchange within urban dance offer to contemporary dance education?

Paper in three parts

In Unpacking Performativity we research on dance , performativity and public space. For Inventing Futures we propose a paper in three parts. What can the modes of learning, creation and exchange within urban dance offer to contemporary dance education?

The first part of our paper tells about the fascinating artistic journey we undertake with B Boy Niels Robitzky alias ‘Storm’. Through field research and collaboration with extended audiences and participants, using urban dance forms of learning and exchange such as explorative playing and improvisation in (semi) public spaces, we develop an understanding of “circling” as underlying principle of our method. What sort of data does this generate? How do we go about documenting and dissemination?

The second part elaborates on the concept of ‘art as play’ in a cultural philosophical sense. We follow the line of thought started by Johan Huizinga in Homo ludens (1938) and fundamentally deepened by Gadamer in Wahrheit unde Methode (1960). We will illuminate this line of thought as a strong source underpinning the concept of ‘artistic research’.

The third part will be performed in an artistic and playful mode based on concepts like ‘circling’ and ‘battle’ in urban dance. ‘Doing the book’ with the participants of the seminar, in the form of a short collective performative reading, to experience the method of exploration of our research group.

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