The conversation between Eleanor Bauer and Rudi Laermans will be an experiment in public thought and intellectual exchange on the topic of artistic collaboration and collaborative methods within the field of contemporary dance. Laermans extensively discusses the different modes, the internal dynamics and the implicit political horizon of collaborative practices in the second part of his recent book Moving Together: Theorizing and Making Contemporary Dance. One of the key terms he proposes to conceptualize artistic collaboration from a sociological as well as a political point of view is the notion of ‘commoning’. Bauer has addressed collaboration and commons in group pieces such as Tentative Assembly (the tent piece) (2012) and even more explicitly in the current performing arts practice exchange platform and archive that she co-initiated with Ellen Söderhult and Alice Chauchat called Nobody’s Business. Bauer and Laermans already exchanged views on collaboration’s potential and politics but regard this public collaborative talk as a unique occasion to move on. Both prepare questions for each other inspired by their respective work and previous exchanges, and will invite the audience to collaborate in their collaborative talk on collaborative practices within contemporary dance.
Entrance is free
Rudi Laermans is professor of social theory at the Faculty of Social Sciences of KU Leuven and also a regular guest teacher at P.A.R.T.S., the Brussels based international dance school directed by A.T. De Keersmaeker. His research and publications are situated within the fields of social & cultural theory, cultural & arts policy, and the sociology of the performing arts. He recently published ‘Moving Together: Theorizing and Making Contemporary Dance’, in which he unfolds a theoretical perspective on the work of several Flemish based dance artists such as A.T. De Keersmaeker or Meg Stuart on the one hand and analyzes the co-creation of contemporary dance from a sociological point of view on the other.
Eleanor Bauer is a performer and performance-maker based in Brussels, Belgium. Originally from Santa Fe, New Mexico, she studied dance, choreography, and performance at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts (BFA, Dance) and P.A.R.T.S. (Performing Arts Research and Training Studios, Brussels). Bauer is an artist in residence at Kaaitheater in Brussels from 2013-2016. She works at the intersections of choreography, dance, writing, music, and performance art. Her pieces range in scale and media towards challenging categories, methods of producing, and ways of thinking performance. Her versatile works such as ELEANOR!, At Large, The Heather Lang Show by Eleanor Bauer and Vice Versa, (BIG GIRLS DO BIG THINGS), A Dance for the Newest Age (the triangle piece), Tentative Assembly (the tent piece), Midday & Eternity (the time piece), and BAUER HOUR have toured internationally to critical acclaim. Along side making her own work, Bauer has performed with Xavier Le Roy, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker/Rosas, Boris Charmatz, Emily Roysdon, Matthew Barney, Mette Ingvartsen, Trisha Brown, Ictus contemporary music ensemble, The Knife, and others. Bauer also frequently teaches, mentors, and writes about dance and performance. For more information, visit www.goodmove.be.