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When dance meets politics

Danse(s) et politique(s)

Challenges and practices of dance and political issues

Enjeux et pratiques de l’interaction danse / politique

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Published on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 by Elsa Zotian

Summary

Dance, its place in the society and the frame of choreographical creation, has always been strictly linked to politics, from the emergence of Greek tragedies. The question of the influence of the political context on creative process in not new but we would like to point out new researches on this theme. The term politic/political itself will be defined by the scholars, in different variations (singular, plural etc.). From cultural policy to ideology, from the influence of institutions as Church to dictatorship and democracy, from censorship and State control, the spectrum is deliberately large.

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 Argument

The aim of this workshop is to discover new researches about dance and politics issues, from PhD students and junior researchers. A diachronic approach will be thus considered, from Ancient Times till nowadays. In January 2010, a PhD students’ workshop at the Centre National de la Danse in Paris paved the way for this topic. In the same perspective, Alexandra Kolb’s book, Dance and Politics, also focused on the links and relations between both issues. This workshop is willing to pursue and open new reflexions about the porosity between dance and politics.

Dance, its place in the society and the frame of choreographical creation, has always been strictly linked to politics, from the emergence of Greek tragedies. The question of the influence of the political context on creative process in not new but we would like to point out new researches on this theme. The term politic/political itself will be defined by the scholars, in different variations (singular, plural etc.). From cultural policy to ideology, from the influence of institutions as Church to dictatorship and democracy, from censorship and State control, the spectrum is deliberately large.

I- Politics and creation: orders, influences and political context

  • How politics affect dance creations?
  • How far democracy / dictatorship influence creation?
  • Which place is given to political strategy in a creation?

II- « Dance for export »: travelling works and challenges

  • How do choreographic works travel between different countries and political contexts?
  • Does globalization have an impact on creation?
  • Are there any privileged means or medium to diffuse dance works after the event itself?

III- Dance and engagement/disengagement: between rejection, approval and disinterest

  • Is there any disengagement from the dancers towards politics?
  • Is every creation political?
  • Can the body be a political body?

Short bibliography

  • Dossier « Danse et politique », Nouvelles de danse, n°30, hiver 1997.
  • Dupuy Dominique, Danse et politique : démarche artistique et contexte historique, Paris, CND, 2003.
  • Mark Franko, La danse comme texte. Idéologies du corps baroque, Paris, Ed. de l'Eclat, 2005.
  • Marquié Hélène, « Engagements chorégraphiques : danse, féminisme et politique », in Brigitte CHALLANDE, Martine DELVAUX, Jacinthe DUPUY (Dir.), Femmes, création, politique, Frontières, Montréal (à paraître).
  • Scarpulla Mattia, « Démarche artistique et démarche politique en danse contemporaine », Raison publique, 9 juillet2011.
  • Shay Anthony, Choreographing Politics, State Folk Dance Companies, Representations and Power, Middletown, Wesleyan University Press, 2002.

 Submission guidelines

Interdisciplinarity is at the core of this workshop. PhD students in anthropology, history, art history, literature, sociology, philosophy, sport, performance or dance studies can send their proposition. Dancers and choreographers are also very welcome. A performance lecture is possible.

A half-page proposition, a short biography (university, brief cv) and your technical needs can be sent to dansepolitique@gmail.com

before February, 15th 2013.

Please also specify if your university can financially support your travel or accommodation. The final choice will be done at the end of February.

Work languages will be French and English.

The Conference will take place on 25th and 26th April 2013.

The second afternoon of the workshop will take place at Contredanse, Maison du spectacle/La Bellone, 46 rue de Flandre, 1000 Bruxelles, with a ROND-POINT DE LA DANSE organized in coordination with la Réunion des Auteurs-Chorégraphes.

Scientific Comittee

  • Stéphanie Gonçalves (Université Libre de Bruxelles)
  • Audrey Gouy (Ecole pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris ; Université Ca' Foscari, Venise)
  • Gerrit Berenike Heiter (Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, France ; Université de Vienne, Autriche)
  • Camille Paillet (Université de Nice-Sophia Antipolis)

Contact

dansepolitique@gmail.com

Organization

This workshop is jointly organized by the Université Libre de Bruxelles, the Asbl Contredanse and the Réunion des Auteurs Chorégraphes, thanks to the support of the Academie universitaire Wallonie-Bruxelles.

Places

  • Université libre de Bruxelles - 50 Avenue Roosevelt
    Ixelles-Elsene, Belgium (1050)

Date(s)

  • Friday, February 15, 2013

Keywords

  • danse, politique, corps dansant, histoire culturelle

Contact(s)

  • Stéphanie Goncalves
    courriel : sgoncalv [at] ulb [dot] ac [dot] be

Information source

  • Stéphanie Goncalves
    courriel : sgoncalv [at] ulb [dot] ac [dot] be

To cite this announcement

« When dance meets politics », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Wednesday, December 19, 2012, https://calenda.org/232947

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