Andre Lepecki, "Reciprocal Topographies: Embodiment and Thingliness in Some Recent Dance"

Andre Lepecki, “Reciprocal Topographies: Embodiment and Thingliness in Some Recent Dance”

Andre Lepecki, “Reciprocal Topographies: Embodiment and Thingliness in Some Recent Dance”

Application Deadline: Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: Sproul 912

This talk addresses the recent and ever more prominent intrusion of things and objects in choreographic composition. This phenomenon — where what Walter Benjamin called “sex appeal of the inorganic” takes command over choreographic procedures and bodily experimentations is not merely the result of an aesthetic crossing-over between dance and the visual arts, but constitutes a profoundly unique contribution by dance to a political critique of contemporary subjectivity. The talk will be centered on the oeuvre of Eiko&Koma, but it will also take some detours to comment on some recent pieces by Trajal Harrell, Yingmei Duan, Fiadeiro, and Aitana Cordero.

Andre Lepecki is Associate Professor at the Department of Performance Studies at New York University. Author of Exhausting Dance: performance and politics of movement (Routledge 2006), currently translated into 6 languages. Editor of Of the Presence of the Body (Wesleyan 2004), The Senses in Performance (with Sally Banes, Routledge 2007), and Planes of Composition: Dance Theory and the Global (with Jenn Joy, Seagull Press 2010). His writing has also appeared in Performance Research, The Drama Review, Art Forum, Nouvelles de Danse, among other publications in Europe, Brazil, and the Middle East.

He was the curator of the festival Nomadic New York for Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2007). He was the chief-curator of the 2008 and 2009 editions of the performing arts festival IN TRANSIT also at Haus der Kulturen der Welt. His co-curatorial and directorial work in re-doing Allan Kaprow’s 18 Happenings in 6 Parts (commissioned by Haus der Kunst, Munich) received the International Art Critics Association Award for  “Best Performance” (2008). In 2010 he co-curated with Stephanie Rosenthal the Archive on Dance and Visual Arts since the 1960s for the exhibition Move: choreographing you, for the Hayward Gallery, Southbank Center, London.

In 2009 he was Resident Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies on the Interweaving of Performance Cultures, Freie Universitat, Berlin. He has given numerous talks in Europe, the US, Brazil, Australia, including at Brown University; the Gauss Seminars at Princeton University; Centre National de la Danse, Paris; Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid; Haus der Kulturen Der Welt, Berlin; MoMA; Centro Cultural, Sao Paulo; University of Ghent; Roehampton University; Tate Modern; Freie Universitat, Berlin among many other academic and cultural venues. Lepecki is currently working on a book on dance and sculpture.

This event is sponsored by Performance Studies Graduate Group, Departments of Theatre And Dance and Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies Graduate Group, Davis Humanities Institute

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