International and interdisciplinary Symposium
The Background Noise in Choreography
Considerations on "Style"
Friday, May 12 to Sunday, May 14
May 12 from 3:00 – 5:30 p.m.
May 13 from 10:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
May 14 from 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Venue: hoch x
In our lives "style" plays a central role. We're surrounded by style icons, we search for the right lifestyle that fits us. But is this dazzling and inflationary used term still a modern category for dance and Theater?
The French dance scholar Laurence Louppe, from whom we borrowed the title of this international and interdisciplinary symposium, defined style in her book "Poetics of Contemporary Dance" as the subtext, the true text, "that one hears hissing as background noise in the language of choreography." Style can be described as a mode for regarding the world, as a relational function that makes bodies and movements visible in their historical and (cultural) political setting. In the present discussion in dance studies "style" is rarely used without the term "technique," and contrasted with "attitude" in order to describe group membership. While "style," in regards to movement, currently appears to no longer be an attractive category, in the areas of fashion and lifestyle it is valued highly. The symposium will examine how "style" is manifested in dance, on the stage, and in film and will devote itself in lectures, lecture performances, and roundtable discussions to the relevance of this dazzling and inflationary used term.
To register, send an email by May 1 to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Concept: Dr. Katja Schneider
In cooperation with Access to Dance