Bojana Cvejić: In the Time of Choreographing Problems

Lecture / Bojana Cvejić: In the Time of Choreographing Problems


TUE 7.11.2017 at 17.30-18:30

Theatre Academy, Auditorium 1

Haapaniemenkatu 6, 00530 Helsinki

« I will revisit posing problems as a method of creation in European choreography (1998-2007) from the aspect of time and duration, which I explored in Choreographing Problems (Palgrave, 2015). One of the claims of this book is that performance is better approached as a transformation process rather than as a fleeting act whose meaning transcends or lies outside of duration. Ten years ago or so, the conditions of production in dance were such that experimentation with duration (in the works of Eszter Salamon, Xavier Le Roy, Boris Charmatz and others) could fundamentally change relations between bodies, movement and time of perception. Audience was asked to practice attending, rather than grasping other bodies in the mirror of communication. What remains of this experimental legacy in today’s dance and performance? Is time up for choreographing problems or are we witnessing new interventions into the temporal economy of spectatorship? » – Bojana Cvejić

Bojana Cvejić‘s work spans philosophy, theater and performance education. She is author of several books in performance theory and philosophy (Choreographing Problems, Palgrave 2015, Public Sphere by Performance, with A. Vujanović, bbooks 2012 etc. Drumming&Rain: A Choreographer’s Score (co-authored with A. T. De Keersmaeker, Mercatorfonds 2013.). She has collaborated as a dramaturg in a number of choreographies by X. Le Roy, Eszter Salamon, Mette Ingvartsen, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, C. De Smedt). As a co-founding member of TkH/Walking Theory editorial collective and performing arts theory magazine, Cvejić engages theoretical-artistic research projects, currently an investigation of performances of the self and transindividuality. In 2013, Cvejić curated the exhibition Danse-Guerre at Musée de la danse, Rennes. In 2014, she devised a choreography and lecture program titled Spatial Confessions for Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall. Cvejić is Associated Professor of Dance and Dance Theory in KHIO Oslo and she also teaches at P.A.R.T.S. Brussels.