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Responsive Bodies. The Ethics of Temporal Community in Contemporary Dance

Jun 03, 2021 - Jun 04, 2021

Organised by Alexander H. Schwan (Freie Universität Berlin, Institute of Theatre Studies), Research Area 2: "Travelling Matters".

The workshop will take place online in English via Webex.

By relating positions of philosophical literature to the connection of dancing and dance reception, the workshop investigates the ethical dimension of temporal communities in dance. Based on but also going beyond the co-presence of dancing and kinaesthetically responding bodies, temporal communities in dance address an extended audience: They transcend the present moment of dancing into the past of ethical reflection and into the future of responsible action.

How can we relate philosophical connections of ethics and performativity (Hannah Arendt, Judith Butler, Werner Hamacher, Jean-Luc Nancy, etc.) to the materiality of moving bodies? What role do vulnerability, resilience and non-identity play in terms of the temporal community of philosophers, dancers and spectators? How can we understand contemporaneity beyond shared time and presence so that contemporary dance can acknowledge the fragility and incompleteness of the past and unlock the potentiality of the future? And how is this understanding of contemporaneity linked to ethical responsiveness in dance and dance reception?

Time & Location

Jun 03, 2021 - Jun 04, 2021