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B02 Interventional Choreographies: Formats and Practices of Decolonization and Ecology

This sub-project examines the choreography’s potential for intervention by looking at the proliferation of movement cultures since the 1990s. As a hybrid artform that exists in the space between stage and practice-based experiment, dance has since assumed a key function in the field of movement in public space. Dance has developed a vocabulary that has been refined by a variety of training methods and practices and by new choreographic forms of collaboration, mediation, and research, as well as by an interplay of different structures. As such, dance is ideally suited to initiate acts of “stepping in” (i.e. intervening), and resistance, as well as of collective participation. This sub-project examines the interventionist potential of “ecological” choreographic practices, meaning those that constitute an interdependent network of actions and situations but which at the same time take a decolonial approach by empowering minorities. The units within the sub-project bring together three guiding considerations: UP 1 looks at how choreographic forms situated between art practice and political agenda produce reflections by extending their practices into popular culture and micro-forms of movement, disturbance, and (de-)synchronization. UP 2 examines the decolonial perspective in productions and conceptualizations of the body that incorporate queer resistance and critiques of the canon. UP 3 considers the extent to which ecological practice can function as a form of choreographic intervention.

Head of Project

Prof. Dr. Gabriele Brandstetter (SP 1)

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Kirsten Maar (SP 1)

Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr. Mariama Diagne (SP 2)

Doctoral Researcher

Sophie Schultze-Allen (SP 3)

Student Assistant

Friederike Hartge

Sven Björn Popp