Invitation Symposium Society for Dance Research       

Saturday  February 28th 2015     
Connect! The relationship between performer and spectator  

When we choreograph, perform or watch dance, we engage in an extraordinary form of human nteraction. But what happens in the encounter between performer and spectator? In this symposium we’ll take a closer look at this phenomenon, which has been the subject of artistic work, research and debate.
During the symposium Danswetenschap in Nederland 8 will be presented.

Chiel Kattenbelt  
The basic modes of performing in the arts What does it mean to be a performer? By what kind of behaviour, action and orientation could a performer be characterized? What are the basic modes of the performer’s presentation. What do these modes imply with regard to how the performer addresses her/his audience and how he relates with his body to time and space, the other two
components in which each performance occurs. Chiel would like to answer these questions from a pragmatic-phenomenological perspective. Although he uses the concept ‘performer’ in a broad sense as an overarching term for the one who stages herself/himself in front of an audience, he will focus on the theatrical performer, that’s to say on the performer within the domain of the live performing arts, being an actor, a dancer, singer, et cetera.

Aafke van Mourik Broekman     
Dance for Solidarity:  Uniting Dancers and Audience Through Movement
How do small groups grow into large communities? Many mass movements arise from small groups. People are inherently social beings and search for social structure and ways to belong. But what makes us feel connected? What are the processes through which people feel psychologically involved with certain groups? Aafke is interested in how observing groups  that interact can lead to the formation of new social structures. In particular, she focuses on the social impact of observing a dance performance. Central questions here are: how does a performance influence feelings of solidarity among the audience and can a sense of community be formed merely through the process of observing others interact? Together with Random Collision she tested these ideas. Inspired by scientific theories on group formation, dance performances were developed. These performances were presented to an audience and their responses were
measured. In this presentation she will elaborate on the theoretical background of this research and she will present some of the findings from experiments at the Noorderzon performing arts festival in Groningen.

Emilie Gallier     
Read. Move. Implicated.
Emilie Gallier presents excerpts of her choreographic works: Sync (2012), the book that becomes
choreography when it is being read (individually or in a group), and Twists in the Body of the Big Spectator (2013-), a performance that involves a kit for reading choreography. These pieces investigate the impact of reading on the roles of performers and spectators. Unified as readers, both performers and spectators have the opportunity to be implicated in the work. In other
words, they can insert a bit (or a little more) of themselves into the choreographic event. Using choreographic writing, the act of reading and movement encourages the expression of differences, humility, and diversity of expression.

Chiel Kattenbelt      
Chiel Kattenbelt is Associate Professor in Media Comparison and Intermediality at Utrecht University. He teaches in the BA program Theatre, Film and Television Studies, in the MA programs Theatre Studies and New Media and Digital Culture and in the Research MA program Media and Performance Studies. He is a member of the Board of Examiners within the Department of Media and Culture Studies and chairs both the program committee of the BA Theatre, Film and Television Studies and the admission committee of the MA Theatre Studies, Film and Television Studies and New Media and Digital Culture. In teaching as well as research, his fields of interest are theatre and media theory, media comparison and intermediality, and aesthetics and semiotics.

MSc. A. van Mourik Broekman     
Aafke van Mourik Broekman graduated from the research master ‘Social and Organizational
Psychology’ at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. In 2013 she started a NWO-funded
PhD-project at the same university. Under supervision of Tom Postmes, Ernestine Gordijn, and     Namkje Koudenburg she is working on the research project ‘Organic Growth Of Groups: When
And How Do Bystanders Become An “In-group”’. For this project they work together with
choreographers collective Random Collision.

Emilie Gallier     
Emilie Gallier works as choreographer/performance artist within the PØST Cie. She completed the ArtEZ Master of Choreography in Arnhem, and studied at the Center for Choreographic Research and Composition (CRCC) in France, then directed by Myriam Gourfink. Gallier studied Laban notation at the conservatoire in Paris (CNSMDP). Inspired by the condition of writing and reading movement, her current research focuses on the implication of the audience and the exchange of knowledge. With a persistent interest in books, Gallier recently co-edited Inventing Futures (ArtEZ, 2013). She is a free-lance writer, guest researcher (ICKamsterdam), mentor, guest teacher/lecturer (ArtEZ, LAK University of Leiden), and performer (with Rosie Heinrich).


Symposium VDO Location: Parnassos Cultuurcentrum, Kruisstraat 201, Utrecht
Date: February 28th 2015  Time: 13.30 – 16.00 uur
Language: English, discussion possible in Dutch
Costs: members VDO free, non-members € 10,- Payment only in cash.
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