Laboratory of Dance /

/ Dance as a Vantage Point

Interdisciplinary Symposium, 2020 online & 2021, Łódź, Poland

Lab of Dance aims to build an exchange platform covering contemporary research strategies in dance studies, including, among others, emergent artistic research practices, as well as tool-disciplined cognitive science methodologies, both vividly drawing on a variety of theoretical and philosophical contexts. On such ground, together with the invited keynote speakers and participants of the symposium, we plan to discuss the methodological difficulties and challenges of interdisciplinary dance research and the benefits that can be derived from overcoming them. At the same time, we recognize the expansion of dance and related terms to other branches of knowledge, where it appears as the preferred research material, but also a source of functional concepts and metaphors. Thus, we invite practitioners, researchers and philosophers to jointly study the expanding space of the dance laboratory.

Due to the current epidemiological situation and its unpredictable development in the coming months, the Symposium Organizing Committee decided to change its formula. The symposium has been divided into two parts: the first will be held online in July 2020, and the second is scheduled live in May 2021.

An online symposium will be held from July 1–3. Its program includes online workshop by Nita Little, keynote lecture by Leena Rouhiainen and two thematic sessions. All presentations will be available online as recordings on June 29 for registered participants. Discussions on these proposals will later be conducted online based on the questions added in the comments to the recordings.

In response to the current global situation, a special panel discussion entitled "Dance Laboratory of Crisis" will take place July 3. Kaya Kołodziejczyk (Poland), Eva Maria-Hoerster (Germany) and Colleen Thomas (USA) will, among others, participate in the conversation about the present and future of dance during a pandemic.

Academic discussions will also be accompanied by artistic events, which will be initiated by online watching of the performance of the Polish Dance Theater "Fabula rasa” choreographed by Maciej Kuźmiński. In July, Daniela Komędera and Dominika Wiak will premiere interactive dance film project, and in September the premiere of a site-specific performance "Odyssey" choreographed by Tomasz Ciesielski will be held in Łódź.

A detailed program and information on the methods and conditions of participation in the symposium can be found here. Registration to participate in the symposium takes place via Eventbrite from June 18.

At the same time, we are looking forward to the opportunity of meetings, discussions and workshops happening live in Łódź during the second part of the symposium. Information on this event will be given soon.

Invited Speakers

Scott Delahunta (Coventry University)

Pil Hansen (University of Calgary)

Agnieszka Jelewska (Adam Mickiewicz University)

Nita Little (Institute for the Study of Somatic Communication)

Leena Rouhiainen (Uniarts, Helsinki)

Rudi Laermans (KU Leuven)

The symposium is funded by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education from the funds for the dissemination of research (DUN), contract no. 818/P-DUN/2019.

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