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Workshop Uferstudios
SODA Lectures

SODA lecture and workshop seminar 2019/20

What does it take to belong?

What does it take to belong?

Focus: Belonging through Artistic Collaboration

The 2019/20 SODA lecture and workshop seminar looks at the notion and experience of Belonging from the perspective of bodies. It explores how belonging is constructed, rehearsed, performatively brought about and authenticated by body- and movement-based, sensorial and affective means and strategies: how can artistic practice and aesthetic experience be understood as a site of recuperation for homogenizing and static identity politics? But also, when do we become complicit in collectivizing and stereotyping bodies in our dances, choreographies, performances and writings?

Workshop
Lee Meir & Roni Katz: Temporarily together

Across the Middle, Past the East, An unsettled Cabaret, is, as its title suggests, one of those projects that never really end. Rather, it is a project that continuously informs and re-defines our understanding and practicing of art making, with all the struggle, joy, entanglements and the endless amount of unanswered questions it brings along. In this seminar we will share our work process as a temporary collective, addressing its nuances, troubles, conflicts as well as the methods and tools we developed to work together through them as we aim to remain a somewhat messy collection of co-existing individual voices resisting the demand to become one unified and coherent voice.

Roni Katz & Lee Méir are both Jerusalem born, Berlin based freelancing choreographers, who created together two cabarets, one in Berlin and one in Tel-Aviv. Sometimes they write together and otherwise they focus on their solo practices and other collaborations. They harness their friendship for clubbing or carrying out important conversations about art, love and life. 

Curated by Prof. Dr. Sandra Noeth & the MA SODA students Michalis Angelidis, Michaela Bangemann, Michela Filzi, Armin Hokmi, Min-Suck Kim, Yusuke Taninaka and Xenia Vlachou-Kogchylaki.

Free Admission, in English (with live German translation available).

The lecture and workshop seminar consists of four days, each day addressing specific aspects of what it takes to belong. Please note that registration is required and possible for full days only. Email: soda_support[at]hzt-berlin.de; specific skills or previous knowledge are not necessary; please wear comfortable clothes for practical work.

Sunday, January 19 – 11am – 5pm
Belonging through Artistic Collaboration

11.00 – 11.30 Physical Warm-Up (with Armin Hokmi and Michela Filzi)
11.30 – 14.00 Temporarily together, workshop by Lee Meir & Roni Katz
14.00 – 15.00 Lunch
15.00 – 16.00 Practices of Belonging – case studies, facilitated by Xenia Vlachou-Kogchylaki and Yusuke Taninaka
16.00 – 17.00 Wrap-Up, with the team of the MA SODA

Further dates and Note on the SODA lecture and workshop seminar What does it take to belong?

18.01.2020, 10:30-18:00, Studio 11
19.01.2020, 11:00-17:00, Studio 11

8.02.2020, 10:30-18:00, Studio 11
9.02.2020, 11:00-17:00, Studio 11

The notion of belonging continues to forcefully permeate cultural and socio-political debates today. The question of what it is that binds and holds us together opens up a field of complicity, affinity and kinship. At the same time, it carries the risk of relativism and essentialism when tied up too closely with identity politics which work towards collectivizing, compartmentalizing and stereotyping as well as conflating differences and specificities; also instilling notions of crisis, fear and exclusion of what seems to be ‘foreign’ or ‘strange.’ Belonging as experience is multi-facetted, unfixed and unfinished, it always suggests something but left behind, always yet to come: it evokes home, a physical structure or a geopolitical location and carries as well, an affective and emotional layer. It refers to a set of familiar routines, habits, to shared gestures, features or recognizable aesthetics; to values, rules and rights, ideas and visions. It designates a network of relations, a feeling of safety, trust and entitlement. Belonging significantly, upholds the possibility of non-belonging. Along numerous axes of power and differences and acknowledging that experience, imagination and representation are at the core of arts and politics alike, they combine co-constitutive elements and aspects in a dynamic process. Significantly, this makes clear that belonging is not just given or defined by overarching frameworks. The 2019/20 SODA lecture and workshop seminar takes on that assumption from the perspective of bodies. It looks at how belonging is constructed, rehearsed, performatively brought about and authenticated by body- and movement-based, sensorial and affective means and strategies: how can artistic practice and aesthetic experience be understood as a site of recuperation for homogenizing and static identity politics? But also, when do we become complicit in collectivizing and stereotyping bodies in our dances, choreographies, performances and writings?

Event location: Uferstudios | Uferstr. 23 | 13357Berlin
MA SODA