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SODA Lectures

SODA lecture and workshop seminar 2019/20

What does it take to belong?

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?

Lecture
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.

Workshop
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).

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.

Saturday, February 8 – 10.30am – 6pm
Belonging and (Self-) Censorship

10.30 – 11.00 Introduction by the team of the MA SODA
11.00 – 12.30 Unbelonging, lecture & discussion by Frédéric Pouillaude (philosopher)
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch
13.30 – 16.00 Me Performing Me, workshop by Jochen Roller (choreographer)
16.00 – 16.30 Break
16.30 – 18.00 Digesting, with Michaela Bangemann and Michalis Angelidis

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