Posts tagged with choreographic research

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.

Processing Dance

februari 10th, 2009

On December 6 and 7 Danslab organised Frame, a two day gathering of choreographers on artistic research, or if you wish: artistic explorative processes. To discuss this topic Danslab proposed to take two (related) types of knowledge as a starting point: embodied knowledge and subjective knowledge. Danslab asked me and two other students in Theatre Studies to join this discussion and write a report. You can read a small teaser here:

Processing Dance
Thinking outside the Frame – Research on choreographic research

By Jochem Naafs

Who defines the product?
What defines the product?
What is the knowledge of dance?

Why would these questions come up if you put about 25 choreographers and dance scholars in one room? I am not sure. Maybe it is because dance is not in any way really tangible. Dance is temporarily. This article reports my thinking and feeling during and after Frame – Research on Choreographic Research. My thoughts have been leading me towards the question what a choreographic product and choreographic knowledge is and can be.

Download the full report (.pdf).

The reports of Nina Aalders and Anoek Nuyens are available on the website of Danslab.