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Eylül Fidan Akıncı

Choreo-dramaturging the Anthropocene: Eiko Otake’s A Body in Places

As the public and scholarly conversations tackle the term “Anthropocene” and its propriety to name the geo-ecological epoch we are in, it becomes clear that we need critical and creative tools to retain sight of the planetwide commons of disasters. Doing so in the field of dance and performance introduces unique challenges and opportunities of its own. Eylül Fidan Akıncı proposes a generative model of how dramaturgical and embodied practices facilitate a new theory and practice around the planetary with the work of Japanese American choreographer Eiko Otake (also known as the duo Eiko & Koma). In the decade since the Fukushima triple disaster of 11 March 2011, Otake visited the region several times, to move along and with the irradiated nonhuman world that persisted. Collaborating with historian and photographer William Johnston, Otake produced the exhibition and video installation A Body in Fukushima (2014-) as well as her site-adaptive choreographic performance A Body in Places (2014-). In addition to presenting them in various combinations, Otake organized several curatorial, communal, and pedagogical events around these visual and performative testimonies of life after nuclear disaster. Through these shifting frames, Otake acutely grapples with bringing Fukushima out of its presumable distance and singularity, and enacts a collective form of attunement and vulnerability that goes beyond raising awareness. In this lecture, Eylül Fidan Akıncı will discuss how the ever-deepening ecological crisis calls for choreo-dramaturgical approaches like Otake’s to carry us from theoretical demystification into activation.

Eylül Fidan Akıncı is a Ph.D. Candidate at The Graduate Center - City University of New York, and was a visiting fellow at the Studies in Performing Arts & Media (S:PAM) research center of Ghent University for 2018-2019. She works independently as a dramaturg across choreography, theatre, and visual arts between the U.S., Europe, and Turkey. Her doctoral research analyzes the dramaturgy of objects and materiality in contemporary choreography through a feminist lens, and creates a trajectory across Pina Bausch, Eiko Otake, La Ribot, Mette Ingvartsen, Gisèle Vienne, and Geumhyung Jeong. Her writing has appeared in TDR: The Drama Review and Etcetera Magazine. She also published on public protests in Turkey, “Sacred Children, Accursed Mothers: Performativities of Necropolitics and Mourning in Neoliberal Turkey” in Performance in a Militarized Culture (eds. Sara Brady and Lindsey Mantoan, Routledge, 2018).

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