What movement is dance about?: a lecture by Maaike Bleeker, Nov. 25th, 2013

In my lecture I will go back to a remarkable moment in Dutch dance history, namely Hans van Manen’s creation Live (1979), to ask the question what kind of movement dance is, or can be,  about. Live  presents such an interesting case for asking this question because in this  creation movements performed by the dancer on stage are combined with movement generated by media. Mediatization, Live suggests, is not merely a matter of the possibility of showing movement performed in front of the camera. Media engender new kinds of movement and transform our understanding of what movement is. How might media-generated movement transform our understanding of the kind of movement that dance is about? Ho might this transform our understanding of the practice of choreography?

November 25st, 16:30 at ArtEZ, Onderlangs 9, Theatrium (exact location yet to be announced).Would you like to attend? Please let Konstantina Georgelou know at k.georgelou@artez.nl

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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