- And then it got legs: Notes on dance dramaturgy
Book launch by Jeroen Peeters, with Izabella Borzecka and Benjamin Pohlig
11 November 17:30
Drawing on his experience in the field of contemporary dance, in And then it got legs: Notes on dance dramaturgy Jeroen Peeters discusses principles, methods and practices that contribute to an understanding of dramaturgy as an experimental, collaborative practice and a material form of thinking. How do you set up conditions for the work to come about? How do you create a shared ground for exploring the unfamiliar in pursuit of making sense? The book is written from practice and reflects a particular history of collaboration and conversation with various dance-makers.
And then it got legs is published by Varamo Press and will be launched at MDT in the framework of Reading edge library. Dance-making and dramaturgy thrive on embodied knowledge, oral transmission and a culture of commoning. This spirit guides the presentation to curator Izabella Borzecka and dance-maker Benjamin Pohlig who will respond to the book with oral annotations, followed by a conversation with Jeroen Peeters. You can purchase the book at the event.
More on the book: http://www.varamopress.org/got_legs.html
Jeroen Peeters is an essayist, dramaturg and performer based in Brussels. He has published widely on contemporary dance and on issues such as ecologies of attention, readership, embodied knowledge, material literacy and sustainable development. Publications include a book on Meg Stuart’s work, Are we here yet? (2010), the essay collection on spectatorship in dance Through the Back: Situating Vision between Moving Bodies (2014) and an essay on Mette Edvardsen’s work, Something Some things Something else (2019). Peeters is currently a research fellow at Hasselt University, Faculty of Architecture and Arts, and PXL-MAD School of Arts.
Izabella Borzecka works as a curator, editor, and director in Stockholm, Sweden. She is interested in publishing practices, social choreographies, and leadership as curatorial practice. She is the founder of Reading Edge, a library for independent publications focusing on dance, choreography, and performance. She has been working in the independent cultural sector in Stockholm for over ten years: as director of c.off and currently as director of FOLK i Skärholmen, to name a few. Together with Pontus Pettersson she is co-organizing the project and publication Delta.
Benjamin Pohlig is a choreographer, dancer and researcher originally from Berlin. He studied both in England and Belgium. In his work, he explores the theatre as an agora, a place in which social and political behaviours are not only practised, but are also experienced physically. This concept appears across his works, including the participatory solo dance yourself clean (2013) and his collaborations 5 seasons (2016) and A Farewell to Flesh (2017). As a dancer, he has worked with Martin Nachbar, Isabelle Schad, Grayson Millwood and Zoë Knights, as well as internationally with Pierre Droulers and Renan Martins. He is currently an ensemble dancer for Cullberg in Stockholm. As a researcher he continues to investigate both the concept of social choreography and how to speak about global warming through dance.