VDO symposium on dance dramaturgy

december 31st, 2009

INVITATION VDO symposium Tuesday January 19 2010

Dance Dramaturgy
This symposium is the sequel to Forum on Dance Dramaturgy at Dans Werkplaats Amsterdam, December 4 2009. The Dutch Society for Dance Research has invited BIT to present itself and to react to the content of the Forum that was organized by DWA. Guest choreographers will be Jack Gallagher and Mor Shani. The discussion will be moderated by Bart van Rosmalen (managing director of Walter Maas Huis). It will be a dynamic afternoon dedicated to the diversity in dance dramaturgy.

The Utrecht initiative of young dance dramaturges, BIT, studies, discusses and questions aspects in dance to deepen the practice of dance and dramaturgy. The uniqueness of BIT is that dance dramaturges come together, where normally they work individually. Visit www.bit-dansdramaturgie.nl.

BIT: iron mouth-piece for a horse, to which the bridles are attached; smallest piece of information in information technology; bite; piece; period; a little at a time; supporting actor or actress; burst with energy.

Come and meet the new generation:

Anne-Marije van den Bersselaar: Dance dramaturgy is about asking questions and the way answers are found. It is about collaborating with a goal, in which the dramaturge all the time will keep a watching eye over the process.

Diane Elshout: The dance dramaturge is an active and reflective voice in the making process who is co-(re)searching a not yet existing and possible form. Dance dramaturgy is process oriented and considers the ways in which something can be enriched, grow and deepened; practical, theoretical and artistically. The dance dramaturge can be seen as the memory of the production.

Jochem Naafs: Dance dramaturgy is not only giving feedback to the material, but also to how this material is realised. Dance is an always changing process and dance dramaturgy is processing this process. It is not only about that one performance, but about what happened before it as well.

Lisette van Rossum: The bearers of the dance dramaturgical process are human contact and mutual reflection. In order to close the experienced gap between choreographer and dance dramaturge the dance dramaturge first of all needs to acknowledge that people are different in the way they are and (are allowed to) think.

Ghislaine Schijndel: Dance dramaturgy is to analyze and inspire. Researching connections to broaden and deepen the performance. The approach of a dance dramaturge is creative as well as scientific.

Lotte Wijers: Dance dramaturgy is to be open to the flow of the process of making a dance production. To see clear and to be in touch with your senses. And to communicate this experience with the choreographer.

Location: U-Theater Studio T, Kromme Nieuwegracht 20, 3512 HH Utrecht
Date: Tuesday January 19 2010 Time: 16.00-18.00 h
Costs: 5 euro (free of charge for members of VDO)

Subscribing is necessary, because there’s limited seating, mail to: Liesbeth Wildschut: E.M.M.Wildschut [at] uu.nl


2 responses

  1. Amy Jensen comments:

    I am from the U.S. and very interested in dance dramaturgy. I was not able to attend this conference. Was it recorded in any way? Will it be published or made available through video, etc.?

    Amy Jensen

  2. admin comments:

    Dear Amy Jensen,

    We are working on a textual report of the afternoon at the moment and this will be available online soon on http://www.bit-dansdramaturgie.nl. Please visit the website for updates. We do have some video material as well, but we will not publish it on the web.

    You are also very welcome to react on the statements that we used to confront our audience and that we now published online on that same website. Hope to keep in touch.

    Best regards,

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