Focus: Belonging, Solidarities and Alliances
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 & Dialogue
Britta Wirthmüller: A certain longing
To learn ballet or to be a ballet dancer? Is there a moment when one transitions into the other? Which legitimation through institutions or peers, but above all, which rituals, practices and self-attributions are necessary to successfully pass as a dancer? Tracing her own experiences with ballet, which reach from her first children’s classes at a local dance school to a professional dance education, Britta Wirthmüller reflects about already belonging, or not yet belonging or not belonging anymore.
Britta Wirthmüller is a dancer and choreographer. She holds a position for artistic research and teaching at the HZT Berlin.
Solidarities and Alliances – Perspectives
Noa Winter is a researcher and curator specialized in disability arts and accessibility. Their work on queer and disability studies at the department of theatre studies at the University of Mainz is focused on cultural norms in academia, art and activism, disability-led art and aesthetics of access. Since 2015, they have been working for disability arts festivals and curated symposia on temporalities, accessibility and crip spacetime. All their work aims to interweave their own lived experience as a disabled, chronically ill activist, dramaturg and scholar.
Max Liebstein studies fine arts at the UdK Berlin and is the representative of the General Students’ Committee (AStA) for networking and interdisciplinarity.
Anna Chwialkowska studied social and cultural anthropology and Spanish at the FU Berlin and the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, and communication and cultures in Europe at the European University Viadrina. Her ethnographic research is grounded in her practice in artistic dance and focuses the intersections between knowledge production in dance, new materialism, and feminist science.
Currently, she is a coordinator in the transdisciplinary project Anthropocene Curriculum at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin.