Danslab symposium

november 17th, 2009

Talking about dance and choreography and writing about the resulting discussion, is similar to dance itself: a continuous process.  This process-like quality of dance and theatre is what distinguishes it from other media and art forms that seem to be more ‘product’ orientated.  on the 4th and 5th of July danslab organized the third symposium for choreographers on choreographic research. danslab proposed the body as the subject for this symposium, or to be more precise: ‘Choreographic Bodies: Approaches and Potentials’. lectures by Rob van Kranenburg, Michael Kroes and the host Helena De Preester were scheduled, accompanied by ‘brainstorming’ sessions, which took on differing form. I took the idea of the ‘processing body’ and two questions concerning this idea as a starting point to write about the symposium, not to come up with an answer but to continue the discussion of the symposium:

1. Is a choreographic body a processing body?
2. Is the rol of the body in contemporary art process filled, or is the body merely a subject and thus a product?

My reflection can be read together with some considerations of dancer/researcher Joa Hug and dancer/choreographer and member of Danslab’s artistic team Jack Gallagher in the 7th newsletter of Danslab.

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