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Workshop | Responsive Bodies. Ethics of Temporal Community in Contemporary Dance

Jun 03, 2021 - Jun 04, 2021

Organised by Alexander Schwan (Freie Universität Berlin, Institute of Theatre Studies), Research Area 2: "Travelling Matters".

Relating positions of philosophical literature to the connection of dancing and dance reception, the workshop investigates the ethical dimension of temporal communities in dance. Based on and yet exceeding the co-presence of dancing and kinaesthetically responding bodies, temporal communities in dance address an extended audience: They transcend the present moment of dancing to both the past of ethical reflection and to the future of responsible action.

How can we relate philosophical connections of ethics and performativity (Hannah Arendt, Judith Butler, Werner Hamacher, Jean-Luc Nancy etc.) to the materiality of moving bodies? What is the role of vulnerability, resilience, and non-identity for the temporal community of philosophers, dancers, and spectators? How can we understand contemporaneity beyond the mere participation in a shared time and presence so that contemporary dance can acknowledge the fragility and incompleteness of the past and unclose the potentiality of the future? And ultimately: How is this understanding of contemporaneity linked to ethical responsiveness in dance and dance reception?

The workshop will take place in English and online via Webex.