In the symposium Moving Movement: Dance and Transmission we want to explore how dance today survives and even anticipates its after-life in rapidly developing transmedial and digital environments. Dance in all its forms has adapted to and benefited from various technologies, but at the same time, transmission also transforms and redefines the meaning of dance. In 1992 Kenneth King predicted how dance and computers would become unlikely partners:
"With the computer age there will be dancing words, kinetic grammars, information channels, conceptual continua, data process services, synchromimetic teletexts and electric dance mosaics."
More than a quarter century later, we want to take stock of the eruption of dance into 'the digital age'. How is movement being kept in motion by the current transmedial generation? During an interactive, open symposium that welcomes theorists, dance professionals, students and dance lovers, we want to open up and bring together different perspectives on dance and transmission. How is dance both an informational system and as embodied practice? What are effects of storing and transmitting of dance in digital archives? How are techniques and repertoires passed on to future generations? What about the transmission of affects and ideas in the world of dance?
The symposium is a collaboration between STUK and Cultural Studies (KU Leuven) in the frame of the course Theory of contemporary dance. The program has been curated by Prof. Anneleen Masschelein, Jonas Rutgeerts and Arne Vanraes.
The lectures preceding the symposium are:
- Wednesday April 18th (4-7 p.m.): 'FICTIONAL ARCHIVING' AND THE 'PHYSICAL IMAGINATION': TIME MADE MATERIAL IN TRAJAL (Sara Jansen)
- Wednesday April 25th (4-7 p.m.): NOTES ON TRANSMISSION AS ARTISTIC PRACTICE(Myriam Van Imschoot)
- Wednesday May 9th (4-7 p.m.): COLONIAL ARCHIVE FEVER (Lisa Skwirblies)
More information can be found at the STUK website