Choreo-reading: between knowledge and life

30 Oct 2018

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Independent Dance

England, United Kingdom


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  • 12, 53, 148, 344, 360, 453 (Elephant and Castle stop) C10 (Imperial War Museum stop)
  • Northern Line (Elephant & Castle) and Bakerloo Line (Lambeth North, Elephant & Castle)
  • Waterloo (15min walk) or Elephant and Castle (5min walk)
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If choreography is usually perceived as an act of writing (dance), what does it mean for making to be understood through the notion of reading? How does the choreographic engage in the present with what is already there, the past, the historical, but also the forgotten or irretrievable?


Taking their cue from Friedrich Nietzsche, who wrote on the positive dimension of forgetfulness, choreographer Efrosini Protopapa and dance scholar Susanne Foellmer will attempt a performative dialogue that explores choreography's potential to playfully oscillate between the remembered and the irretrievable, the unforgettable and the inaccessible. Nietzsche perceives an essential tension between knowledge (historical facts) and life (making history) and ultimately argues that when history is being made, there can be no consciousness of history; history only has meaning after the fact. How then do we find ways of making history present and palpable? How could a purposeful confusion of temporalities through choreo-reading encourage an active forgetfulness, per Nietzsche’s provocation, which actually enables some sort of historical understanding?
They will engage with these ideas by bringing into the space fragments from their own and others' work, combining showing and telling, reading and reflecting.

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