Conference on choreography as expanded practice on the occasion of the exhibition “Retrospective” by Xavier Le Roy at the Fundació Antoni Tàpies. Taking place in MACBA, Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Mercat de les Flors.
In the last few years the term “choreography” has been used in an ever-expanding sense, becoming synonymous with specific structures and strategies disconnected from subjetivist bodily expression, style and representation. Accordingly, the meaning of choreography has transformed from referring to a set of protocols or tools used in order to produce something predetermined, i.e. a dance, to an open cluster of tools that can be used as a generic capacity both for analysis and production.
Choreography is today emancipating itself from dance, engaging in a vibrant process of articulation. Choreographers are experimenting with new models of production, alternative formats, have enlarged the understanding of social choreography considerably and are mobilizing innovative frontiers in respect of self-organizing, empowerment and autonomy. Simultaneously we have seen a number of exhibitions concerned with choreography often placed in a tension between movement, situation and objects. Choreography needs to redefine itself in order to include artists and others who use choreographic strategies without necessarily relating them to dance and, at the same time, it needs to remain inclusive of choreographers involved in practices such as engineering situations, organization, social choreography and movements as well as expanding towards cinematic strategies, documentary and documentation and are rethinking publication, exhibition, display, mediatization, production and post-production.
In short, choreography is currently experiencing a veritable revolution. Aesthetically, it is turning away from established notions of dance with its strong association with skill and craft, instead establishing autonomous discourses that override causalities between conceptualization, production, expression and representation. At the same time it is gaining momentum on a political level as it is placed in the middle of a society to large degree organized around movement, subjectivity and immaterial exchange. Choreography is not a priori performative, nor is it bound to expression and reiteration of subjectivity but carries as an expanded practice potentialities for the emergence of altogether other subjectivities, ontologies that are not local, teleological or relational. It is becoming an expanded practice. A practice that is, in and of itself political.
The three days conference is dedicated to choreography but engages participants from visual art, art history, performance studies, cultural studies, dance and philosophy. A series of lectures will be interrupted by conversations, discussions, panels and coffee breaks, the participants will experience “Retrospective” by Xavier Le Roy next to other significant examples. The intent of the conference is to introduce different perspectives and locate a departure point for a discourse particular to choreography as expanded practice out of artistic research and into the production of worlds.
The conference will result in a large scale anthology on the topic of choreography as expanded practice.
With: Bojana Cvejic, Dorothea von Hantelmann, Graham Harman, Ana Janevski, Andre Lepecki, Xavier Le Roy, Maria Lind, Isabel de Naverán, Luciana Parisi, Goran Sergej Pristas, Mårten Spångberg, Francisco Tirado, Christophe Wavelet and more.
An event organized by University of Dance and Circus Stockholm, MACBA, Fundació Antoni Tàpies, and Mercat de les Flors, with the support of The Swedish Research Council and the Swedish Arts Grants Committee.
Devised by Mårten Spångberg, in collaboration with Bojana Cvejic and Xavier Le Roy