What is dance?/What is not dance?

What is dance?

What is not dance?

Over the past few decades these questions have been investigated through many different approaches in the experimental and expanded dance field. Present day post-dance is an attempt to create a broader understanding of dance, including both the dance and the dancer who no longer fit in the traditional confines of what we understand as dance.

This introduction text is form the program for Oktoberdans (18. – 27. October 2018) at BIT- Teatergarasjen in Bergen. Monday and Tuesday this week I held a workshop on post-dance. I started out by asking these two questions: What is dance? What is not dance? The participants got three post-its to write down three words or sentences on in one minute. Here are the answers:

What is dance? 

  • Expression
  • Rhythmical movement to music
  • Movement?
  • Choreographed movement
  • Body
  • Manipulated time
  • Movement
  • Movement joy
  • Space
  • Meeting
  • Defining space
  • Space
  • Choreography
  • Kinestethic
  • Cosmology
  • Intercalations of moving matters in space
  • Movement
  • Movement
  • Interaction
  • Energy – Matter
  • Affect
  • Kinestethic – Bodily knowledge
  • Art
  • Movement of expressed primarily through the body
  • Meeting between people
  • Body play (feelings)
  • Physical expression
  • Being in a room
  • (Physical) (Fysisk) Kinestethic
  • Thought – Intention
  • Body
  • Intention
  • Presence
  • Feelings
  • Emotional
  • Movement
  • Form
  • Art form
  • Industry
  • Social practice
  • Not moving
  • Movement
  • Movement

What is not dance? 

  • I don’t know
  • Nothing
  • Left brain statis
  • Discrimination
  • Performance from the visual art field
  • Empty post-it
  • Juli Apponen’s show «Life is hard and then you die»
  • Food
  • Empty post-it
  • Empty post-it
  • Empty post-it
  • (Postdramatic) Theater
  • Business
  • Empty post-it
  • Why?
  • Empty post-it
  • Empty post-it
  • Being sick
  • Death
  • Empty post-it
  • Animals
  • Empty post-it
  • Choreography
  • Empty post-it
  • Empty post-it
  • Empty post-it
  • Rules
  • Working (routine)
  • (Browsing) Internet
  • Decriminalisation
  • Empty post-it
  • Yoga
  • Administration
  • Politicians
  • Limits
  • Post-
  • Networking
  • Sleep
  • A house
  • The impossibility of making relations
  • Academic approach

 

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