Special Issue — The Double Lecture Series
A performance and lecture series with Xavier Le Roy, Christine De Smedt, Eleonor Bauer, Mårten Spångberg and Mette Ingvartsen in Studio 1 at MDT.
Does dance and choreography have a place in the knowledge society? Are these practices that operate in parallel with so-called cognitive capitalism? Can performative practices produce specific kinds of knowledge or even disrupt established modes of knowledge production and issue alternative forms of experience?
Five evenings with related seminar program, where meetings between movement and production of knowledge will be explored in relation to representation and expression. Dance in the first place in respect of production of knowledge in front of, or in conjunction with the spectator, i.e. in and through experience.
Five internationally renowned choreographers will present their perspectives view on what has been called ”performative discursive dispositives”, a still weak style that emerged in tandem with phenomena such as artistic research and practice-based choreography.
The audience will meet Xavier Le Roy disguised as a butoh dancer in ”Product of Other Circumstances”, a work that through an open form exposes the choreographer’s personal approach. Be part of Eleanor Bauer’s hysterical attack on a kind of ”imperialism of expression” and Mårten Spångberg’s extremely choreographed lecture format. Mette Ingvartsen use imagination and description to extract autonomous materials and Christine De Smedt will approach the heart of the matter through an (auto)-portrait derived from interviews.
For each evening, the choreographers have invited an autonomous voice that in the form of a lecture will replicate, comment, continue, listen to the performances and to speak from their own discipline. Art historian Kai van Eikels, Julian Reid, professor of political theory, Pierre Rubio philosopher active in Brussels and others are not only offered a space for reflection but are further invited to approach the lecture format as kind of choreography.
Curated by: Mette Ingvartsen & Mårten Spångberg. Supported by: Swedish Research Council, DOCH, MDT. Informed by: Edition Special, Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers.