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170521 UE Choreography at Present (2019W)

Curatorial field research as an approach towards understanding new artistic positions in dance and performance

Continuous assessment of course work

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max. 30 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 15.10. 16:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum 3 2H467 UZA II Rotunde
Tuesday 29.10. 16:45 - 20:00 Seminarraum 3 2H467 UZA II Rotunde
Tuesday 12.11. 16:45 - 20:00 Seminarraum 3 2H467 UZA II Rotunde
Tuesday 26.11. 16:45 - 20:00 Seminarraum 3 2H467 UZA II Rotunde
Tuesday 10.12. 16:45 - 20:00 Seminarraum 3 2H467 UZA II Rotunde
Tuesday 07.01. 16:45 - 20:00 Seminarraum 3 2H467 UZA II Rotunde
Tuesday 21.01. 16:45 - 20:00 Seminarraum 3 2H467 UZA II Rotunde
Tuesday 28.01. 16:45 - 20:00 Seminarraum 3 2H467 UZA II Rotunde


Aims, contents and method of the course

" Choreography, actually” is an experimental format that seeks to combine scientific observation and curatorial-artistic practice.The practical field is the [8: tension] Young Choreographers' Series as part of the ImPulsTanz - Vienna International Dance Festival. This renowned and always surprising program series was launched in 2001 and has since discovered and presented countless artists to a wide audience. So it is time to take a look into its history as well as into the future: Thus, the course will accompany the curatorial process for the festival program 2020 artistically as well as production-oriented, focusing on the following questions and practical fields: What is "young choreography"? How do curators and dramaturges - especially transregionally and internationally - seek and find artists and artistic positions and formats? Which questions, artistic approaches and interests crystallize in a younger generation? How can these - often tentative - experiments, and the search for sometimes unknown forms of presentation and new questions be analyzed, described, recognized? How is the process of selection going? What is "context" and what role does it play in selecting and communicating the works? Which criteria - from artistic and / or ethical over administrative, spatial, financial conditions and limitations - come into play here? How should these be shaped and changed? And last but not least: how is the communication between artists, their work and the public organized? Christine Standfest, dramaturge of the ImPulsTanz - Vienna International Dance Festival and part of the artistic direction of the [8: tension] Young Choreographers' Series, opens up the process of program curating for 2020 and examines and reflects together with the students artistic works, production structures and economies in different cities and countries also beyond Europe. We will discover artists, watch and discuss pieces by video, and review and develop aesthetic and artistic categories that bring the works into dialogue beyond their individual impact. It is not about a new "canon", but about the joy of discovery and of expression, as well as gaining skills in order to create a shared discourse and to theoretically reflect on unknown artists and novel questions that do not necessarily open up to traditional interpretations and readings - for example, a more recent aesthetics of the posthuman, New Materialism or Political Ecology. The field of recent choreography is particularly concerned with gender and anthropological and postcolonial issues, as well as with collective work and open formats. We learn how artists pick and choose these and reflect on cross-context transformation processes between artistic intention, production, communication and presentation at one of the largest international festivals for contemporary dance and performance. In the process, the dialogical interaction of the pieces within the framework of an overall program and possibilities of audience development and communication should also be taken into consideration, not least in order to counteract the increasing retreat and an insulating differentiation into "bubbles" and individual communities.

Assessment and permitted materials

We gain insight into a field that, in contrast to the more traditional areas of theater and film, is institutionally and artistically not so easily understood, marked by its usually precarious working conditions, its fast-paced life and its often fragmented and differentiated structures and institutions. We learn about the complexity of questions within a curatorial selection process understood as the mediation of artistic and extra-artistic parameters and also gain practical knowledge with regard to artist communication, production and mediation. The seminar will focus on reading theoretical texts and blogs and, to a large extent, on Internet research and viewing of video recordings of artistic works. This is prepared by group work, which will choose selected areas and introduce those to the seminar. The results of the group work will be discussed together and theoretically reflected on and accompanied by writing. It also offers excursions to pieces, rehearsal or studio visits to Viennese artists and invitations to experts from the field of communication and mediation as well as cultural policy.
There are three parts of examinations:
- oral presentation / moderation in the group (20-30min) (40%)
- written creative exercise (about 3000 characters) (30%), deadline 22.1.2019
- 2 short texts on individual pieces (each about 2500 characters) (15% each) until the last lesson.
In consultation with the seminar participants, the examinations may also change (for example because of the size of the group). The oral participation will not be graded separately, but may be included in the final grading to round off or round off.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The regular and active participation in the seminar as well as the willingness to read, including English texts, is required. You are obliged to attend all activities (you may miss 5 hours). Students who stay away from the first unit unexcused lose their place in the class. Students from the waiting list can move up. The final score is the average of the individual performances, with each individual service provided. If one or more individual services are not provided, the overall grade may not be positive.

Examination topics

The examination topics are the topics, discussions and texts that are developed and dealt with in the course.

Reading list

Mandatorry and further literature will be provided at the beginning of the event via the university library or Moodle and will be continually updated.

Association in the course directory

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