Focus: Belonging and (Self-) Censorship
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?
Prof. Dr. Frédéric Pouillaude (Université Aix-Marseille): Unbelonging
What if Greek Zorba was a Butoh dancer? What if Ko Murobushi was a Mexican-Irish 1960s fisherman dancing on the shore of Crete? What if a mid-career white heterosexual male scholar was dancing krump? What if a battle of krump took place on the stage of the Opéra de Paris on the rhythm of Rameau’s Indes Galantes? By these cross-cultural projections, one tries to overcome the factual limitations of belonging, to think of oneself and others beyond the labels of identity. Unbelonging is not the restauration of an abstract and transcendental Subject, but rather a way for creating local and precarious forms of universality.
Frédéric Pouillaude is Professor of Aesthetics at Aix-Marseille University. He has published Unworking Choreography: The Notion of the Work in Dance (English translation, Oxford University Press, 2017). Forthcoming: Représentations factuelles. Art et pratiques documentaires, Paris, Cerf, 2020.
Jochen Roller: Me Performing Me
I became a choreographer in order to be able to name and identify myself through my performing body in a self-empowered way. Through choreography I was able to publicly voice diverse aspects of my identity. For example, the precarious existence of a neoliberal dancer in perform performing (2002-2004); the question of the historical subject of the third generation after the holocaust, in dialogue with Israeli choreographer Saar Magal, in Basically I don’t but actually I do (2009), or as a member of transnational collectives dealing with themes of post-colonialism in finding Germany elsewhere (2013-2017).
Jochen Roller (born 1972 in West-Berlin) works as a freelance choreographer in Berlin and as an educator at the ZhDK in Zurich (BA Contemporary Dance / MA Dance).