Research Fellows

Forschung am HZT Berlin

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Fat Bodies Move: Performing and Representing Fatness on Stage and Screen

Rhythm as an artistic and theoretical tool in contemporary choreography
In the last decades choreographers have issued a growing interest in the development of choreography as an autonomous practice. Choreography is no langer understood as a means to an end, a mechanism to create a performance, but as durational practice that surpasses the scope of the (next) performance. This shift redefines the relation between choreography and performance. The traditional choreography/performance dichotomy, where the choreography is pre-determined by the performance, is replaced by a holistic approach, in which performance is embedded in a choreographic practice that encompasses it. This repositioning of choreography has led to a discrepancy between theory and practice. Since the main research currents in the field of dance take the choreography/performance dichotomy as a starting point, they cannot think this holistic approach.

In this research I will explore the concept of rhythm as a way to both analyse the 'choreographic practice' and bridge the gap between theory and this practice. The idea behind this is that rhythm plays a defining role in the organisation of every choreographic working/thinking process. More specifically, I will adopt a dual approach. On the one hand I will examine the functioning of rhythm in specific choreographic working processes. On the other hand, 1 will enrich my analysis of these practices by referring to different theoretical discussions on rhythm.

Biography_ Jonas Rutgeerts is a dramaturge and performance theorist. Rutgeerts holds degrees in dramaturgy and philosophy (PhD, Institute of Philosophy, KU leuven). His research is situated at the junction between dance studies, philosophy and cultural studies and his main interests involve the shaping of temporalities through performance, the construction of social choreography and the development of choreography as research. As a dramaturge and artistic researcher Rutgeerts collaborates, among others, with Ivana Müller, David Weber-Krebs, Arkadi Zaides, Cécile Bally and Clément Layes. He is the author of the book “Re-act: Over re-enactment in de hedendaagse dans’ (Agent, 2015).

The research I'm busy with inquires the conditions of possibility of choreography, to further develop an empiricist theory of choreographic techniques and a series of experiments which might realise them. Choreographie techniques are here hypothesised as non-representational practices that modulate relations of difference toward the concrescence of a movement-event and its associated milieu. Such process corresponds to what, in a Simondonian vein, can be called a transindividuation: the co­-composition of forces and forms in an evolving ecology of multiple dimensions. In it, the variation of movement making itself feit (the event) is a phase-shift corresponding to an incorporeal change. The conditions for the choreographic induction of a such change are coded and codified milieus, in which the capacity for the event's transmission introduces a charge of indeterminacy that acts as a forcefield for creative adVances. Along these lines, this research further explores the modes by which the transitivity of the movement-event, by means of technical distribution, complexifies the emergence of a new phase in the process. In other words, how does the implicit and explicit indetermination in the circulation of transitive events relates to choreographic induction, collective individuation and the event of movement moving?

Research: Trans-media approaches to knowledge production and distribution. Networked platforms as co-learning environments. On-line video, social video, networked co-production and collaboration. Emergent dramaturgies, methodologies and performance practices in relation with networked technologies, cognitive science, cybernetics, systems theory and complexity. Curatorial practices for contemporary performing arts on networked environments.

Collaborative technologies and methods within organizational and educational environments. Mobile technologies for video production and display. Collaborative Creativity, organizational and social innovation in online and off-line spaces.
Theoretical developments on networked environments and embodied cognition Counter-culture,cyber-culture and theories of the body/creative process.

In her PhD, Schmidt examines temporality, measurement and self-accountancy in the work of young performance artists educated within the Bologna Process. Her main concerns are contemporary forms of collective organisation and infrastructural performance as response to neoliberal demands and austerity politics. 

Schmidt studied Comparative Literature and Modern Cultural Studies at the University of Copenhagen and was a guest student at Applied Theatre Studies in Giessen. From 2011 to 2016 she was artistic research associate and teaching at the BA-programme “Dance, Context, Choreography” at Inter-University of Dance /University of the Arts in Berlin. She has been a guest lecturer at the Danish National School of Performing Arts, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and the Danish writer's school (Forfatterskolen). 

Schmidt has published the book Who’s There? Subject on Stage in Reality and a number of peer reviewed articles in journals such as Danish Kultur & Klasse and Peripeti, as well asNordic Theatre Studies Journal. Furthermore, she has worked and toured internationally as a performance artist for the last decade, and from 2014–2016 she was the curator and artistic director of the international performance art festival WORKS AT WORK in Dansehallerne, Copenhagen.