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Following the success of the 2020, What Matters Most: Dance and Dramaturgy in Turbulent Times program, we have planned another 2-hour online Zoom session for October 20th at 6.30pm (ACST). The session will include conversations between three pairs of choreographers/directors and dramaturgs. Dr. Bojana Cvejic (Belgium) and Dr. Mette Ingvartsen (Belgium) who have worked together over many years. They will speak about their recent premier, and ongoing project The Dancing Public.
Lou Cope (UK) and Australian Dance Theatre Artistic Director, Garry Stewart (Australia) who will reflect on their first recent collaboration for ADT’s Supernature, which took place entirely online early in 2021. And Dr. Nanako Nakajima (Japan) and Dr. Ong Keng Sen (Singapore) they will speak about the Dance Archive Box Project. The session will be facilitated by Margie Medlin, producer of the ICC. The conversation will unpack the many ways in which dramaturgy can shape, empower and inform new works.

This is a free event. Please register your interest by emailing icc@adt.org.au.

Lou Cope is a UK-based dance and theatre dramaturg and facilitator who has worked across the UK, Europe and the Middle East. As well as working with artists, Lou founded CoAD – The Centre of Applied Dramaturgy (www.thecoad.org) and is Dramaturg in Residence at South East Dance.

Recent / current artistic collaborations include: Birmingham Royal Ballet, Lewis Major on (S)words, Aakash Odedra on Samsara and the Amnesty International Freedom of Speech & ACTA Award-winning #JeSuis. English National Ballet, Gary Clarke on The Troth (winner of Herald Angel and Lustrum Awards), COAL (UK Theatre & Critics Choice awards) and Wasteland, Jose Agudo.

Past collaborations include: Phoenix Dance Theatre, Scottish Dance Theatre, les ballets c de la b, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet on the Olivier Award-winning Babel (words) designed by Antony Gormley, and Cherkaoui and Gormley’s Sutra. Lou is also a published writer, workshop leader, and host of Downtime, a podcast that talks to dance and arts leaders from across the world.

Dr. Bojana Cvejić’s work spans philosophy, performance practice, theory and dance. She studied musicology (BA, MA, University of Arts, Belgrade) and philosophy, completing a PhD at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, London. Cvejić has created more than twenty theatre and dance performances since 1996 as co-director (staging five experimental operas, performances with Jan Ritsema) or dramaturg (working with Xavier Le Roy, Eszter Salamon, Dr. Mette Ingvartsen, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker).

Cvejić is the author of several books, most recently Choreographing Problems: Expressive Concepts in Contemporary Dance and Performance (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, available in Slovene and Hebrew too), Public Sphere by Performance, (co-written with A. Vujanović, Bbooks, 2012) and Drumming & Rain: A Choreographer’s Score (co-authored with A. T. De Keersmaeker, Mercatorfonds 2013; third volume of A Choreographer’s Score. She has made two videos “… in a non-wimpy way” (with Steve Paxton) and “Yvonne Rainer’s WAR” (co-authored with L. Laberenz). She teaches at contemporary dance school P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels since 2002. Professor of Dance and Dance Theory at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts KHIO since 2017, she is also Guest Professor of Philosophy of Art at FMK Belgrade since 2016.

As a co-founding member of TkH/Walking Theory editorial collective (2001-16), Cvejić engages theoretical-artistic research projects; currently an investigation of performance of the self and trans-individuality (in collaboration with A. Vujanović and M. Popivoda). In 2013, Cvejić curated the exhibition Danse-Guerre at Musée de la danse, Rennes (in collaboration with C. Costinas). In 2014, she devised a choreography and lecture program titled Spatial Confessions for Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall. Her areas of interest include expressionism in Western (continental) philosophy, social choreography, critique of individualism, rhythms of intensified work, and contemporary performance poetics.

Mette Ingvartsen is a Danish choreographer and dancer. From 1999 she studied in Amsterdam and Brussels where she in 2004 graduated from the performing arts school P.A.R.T.S. Her first performance Manual Focus (2003) was made while she was still studying. Her early pieces comprise among others of 50/50 (2004), to come (2005), It’s in The Air (2008) and GIANT CITY(2009) – performances questioning affect, perception and sensation in relation to bodily representation. Her work is characterized by hybridity and engages in extending choreographic practices by combining dance and movement with other domains such as visual art, technology, language and theory.

An important strand of her work was developed between 2009 and 2012 with The Artificial Nature Series, where she focused on reconfiguring relations between human and non-human agency through choreography. By contrast her latest series, The Red Pieces: 69 positions (2014), 7 Pleasures (2015), to come (extended) and 21 pornographies (2017) inscribes itself into a history of human performance with a focus on nudity, sexuality and how the body historically has been a site for political struggles.

In 2019, she premiered Moving in Concert, an abstract group choreography, that focuses on the interlacing between humans, technological tools and natural materials. For 2021 Dr. Mette Ingvartsen is also preparing two new projects: The Life Workan in-situ project with elderly people in the Ruhr region in Germany which addresses migration issues. And a new solo, The Dancing Public, inspired by a fascination for dancing manias throughout history.

She holds a PhD in choreography from UNIARTS / Lunds University in Sweden.

Besides making, performing, writing and lecturing, her practice also includes teaching and sharing research through workshops with students at universities and art schools. https://www.metteingvartsen.net/

Dr. Nanako Nakajima(中島那奈子)is a scholar and dance dramaturg, and a certified traditional Japanese dance master, Kannae Fujima. She is a Valeska Gert Visiting Professor 2019/20, at Freie Universitaet Berlin, and realized Dance Archive Box Berlin in 2020. In 2020, she started the three-year research-performance lab called Dance Dramaturgy of Aging together with Kyoto Art Theater Shunju-za/ Kyoto Performing Arts Center/ Kyoto University of the Arts.

Her recent projects include Dance Archive Boxes @TPAM2016, Yvonne Rainer Performative Exhibition at Kyoto Art Theater Shunju-za 2017, Wang Mengfan’s piece with retired revolutionary ballet dancers at Wuzhen Theatre Festival, China, 2019.

Nanako received the Special Commendation of the Elliott Hayes Award in 2017 for Outstanding Achievement in Dramaturgy from the Literary Manager and Dramaturgs of the Americas. Nanako has worked as a dance dramaturg with New York downtown artists. Her dramaturgical work with Luciana Achugar, Exhausting Love at Danspace Project (2006), was awarded the New York Dance and Performance Award for choreography. She will premiere her next dramaturgical work with Pichet Klunchun in Taipei, 2022.

Lecturing at dance conferences and festivals, her article contributions and publications include Dance Dramaturgy: Modes of Agency, Awareness and Engagement (Palgrave, 2015), The Aging Body in Dance: A cross-cultural perspective (Routledge, 2017), and currently is writing her monograph on dance dramaturgy. Recently she launched a new bilingual website on dance dramaturgy: http://www.dancedramaturgy.org

Ong Keng Sen is a performance director who has actively contributed to the evolution and subsequent trans-globalization of the Asian aesthetic in contemporary arts. Ong, is the artistic director of TheatreWorks and ‘the artspace 72-13’ in Singapore. He founded Arts Network Asia and the international Curators Academy, focused on the synergy between contexts and situated, embodied, expanded curation. He created the nomadic, international artist residency, The Flying Circus Project, conceived and directed the In Transit Festival in Berlin from 2001 to 2003. He served on the Prince Claus Foundation Jury from 2012 to 2015. He is the Founding Festival Director of the all-new Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) from 2014 to 2017. Ong, is the first Singaporean artist to have received both the Young Artist Award (1992) and the Cultural Medallion Award (2003). He was awarded the prestigious Fukuoka Asian Arts and Culture Prize in 2010. He holds a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts.

He conceived the international Curators Academy in Singapore in 2018. In the next year, together with Shermin Langhoff, Ong co-founded the Young Curators Academy (YCA) at the Maxim Gorki Theatre in Berlin. He recently completed an all-digital and archived edition of the YCA in 2021 at Gorki: www.youngcuratorsacademy.com. Since the 2020/2021 season he has been a member of the Artistic Advisory Board, which advises Artistic Director Shermin Langhoff on the artistic direction of the Gorki Theatre.

Garry Stewart was appointed the Artistic Director of Australian Dance Theatre in 1999.

During the past 22 years, he has created a significant and remarkable repertoire of works for ADT, which have become renowned for their ambitious artistic collaborations, rigorous research and a compelling movement vocabulary. They have toured to some of the most prestigious theatres in the world, including Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), The Joyce Theater (New York) and Sadler’s Wells (London). He has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including the inaugural Australia Council Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance.

Stewart has also been commissioned by a number of other companies including Ballet Du Rhin, Rambert Dance Company (UK), Birmingham Royal Ballet (UK), Royal Flanders Ballet (Belgium), tanz mainz (Germany), Royal New Zealand Ballet, The Birmingham Royal Ballet, The Australian Ballet and West Australian Ballet.

Below are the links to artists and project documentation:
Dance Archive Box Berlin: https://youtu.be/hd9XwYb28jU
Dance Archive Boxes @TPAM2016: https://youtu.be/ERVL6SQmcYU
The documentation of the initial phase in Tokyo: https://www.saison.or.jp/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/ArchivingDance_all.pdf

Lou Cope: The Centre of Applied Dramaturgy www.thecoad.org
Bojana Cvejić: https://www.bojanacvejic.info/
Mette Ingvartsen: https://www.metteingvartsen.net/
Garry Stewart: https://adt.org.au/works/supernature/

Main image above left: Supernature by Garry Stewart © Sam Roberts