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Choreographic Symptoms: Policy, Canons and Borders

Time: Saturday 8/9 13.00-15.00

Place: @Danscentrum

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Amidst a rising political interest in the Arabic speaking world and the Middle East generally, and amidst the world’s largest displacement of humans- generally described as the refugee crisis- a lack of critical material on performance from Arab makers, as well as a general lack of disseminating Arab art history generally continues to persist within European art scenes. The lack of circulation and dissemination of knowledge and material on Arab art history echoes with the difficulties Arab bodies and subjects face when they attempt crossing borders. Could there be a relation between institutionalizing racism and discourse blind spots towards theoretical knowledge from the Arab world? This workshop would like to survey key political ruptures in the Arabic speaking region, and evaluate moments of aesthetic rupture around such timelines, in order to examine – yet again – the relation between art and politics, culture and policy. Through a complex methodology that builds on the fields of performance studies, urbanism, and policy, this workshop addresses art and performance history from a displaced and non-canonical point of departure. It aims at allowing the participants to compose complex methodologies and lenses best suited for reading the impact of institutionalized violence, symptomatic policy and performance.


Workshop leaders: Adham Hafez, Adam Kucharski

Duration: two hours

Workshop Language: English

Recommended experience of participants: Dance, theater, performance, cultural studies

Maximum number of participants: 10 participants

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