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© Joanna Nordahl
© Dani Brown

Lap Dance / Private Dance

Since 2009 I have been fascinated by lap dance and what it has to offer to contemporary performance. I approach the form as a microstructure to study the phenomenon of live art, and the potential of communication and exchange between performer, and audience. Lap dance is highly sexualised according to commercial aesthetics and semiotics of sex and femininity. It can be discussed as a formalisation of a semiotic body where gestures, movements, codes, and symbols of femininity are made use of to achieve a performed sexuality. As art and commercial entertainment are continually melting into the other I believe there is a great potential to analyse, research, appropriate, and deconstruct such forms of entertainment. Please note it is in fact not my interest to question lap dance, its implications, or otherwise but to provoke the questions which lap dance can propose to performance, as well to an audience, regarding the economy and politics of privacy, intimacy, and the very organisation of body and space in live art. In this workshop lap dance is appropriated and used as a microstructure to practically study choreographic and performance issues revolving around distance, touch, atmosphere, relation to sound, presence, presentation, eye gazing, and breath matching. It would be my intention that the workshop concludes with a presentation.


Strategies for Combining Text and Movement

This workshop will get sweaty and loud, it will get creepy and glorious, delicious and un-nerving. A big part of my artistic practice is concerned with the potential dimensions of combining text and movement, and how uncanny juxtapositions between physicality, voice and textual content function to bring about a complexity of poetics in the eye of the viewer. Every day will begin with an intense physical and vocal preparation followed by practices to introduce my strategies for combining text and movement. Each student will develop monologue material with a strategic combination of voice and physical quality. The main objective of this workshop is not only that students gain practical experience developing text and movement combinations, but also to inspire their own practice, research and development of strategies in this area. It would be my intention that a workshop concludes with a presentation.


Dani Brown was born and raised in Rochester, NY, a small city on lake Ontario, with a huge gap between rich and poor and a high rate of violent crime. Upon completing high school Dani drove across the US to live in the dessert above Albuquerque, NM, there she was an initiator of the sidewalk performance group known notoriously by the local police as SHHHHH! She completed her freshman and sophomore years at Virginia Commonwealth University dept. of Dance and Choreography. Bush was elected, the first time, and she moved to the mountains of Virginia with a bunch of close friends where she was a guest artist with the Zen Monkey Project. After various, shall we say, cultural exchanges Dani finished her BDa, specialisation Dance Maker at the ArtEZ, College of Art in Arnhem, NL (former European Dance Development Centre). She received the danceWEB scholarship in 2009. "Lap Dance: Series #1" premiered in 2015 at The Museum for Contemporary Art Freiburg. Dani’s production "HOME...", in collaboration with Justin Kennedy (US) and Gael Cleinow (BE), premiered in 2013 (Kampnagel, Hamburg). Her productions including her first solo work "HOW DO YOU IMAGINE THE DEVIL?" (Kampnagel, Hamburg | Dec. 2012), as well as "THE INVITATION" and "IT’S GONNA BLOW" (both co-directed with f6 partner Marta Navaridas | Kampnagel 2008 + 2010) and "BODY SWAP" (co-directed with Singaporean choreographer Joavien Ng | Kampnagel 2009) have been presented internationally in Europe, Africa and Asia.
When she isn’t busy with her own research, teaching, or laying on a beach somewhere Dani performs internationally for Alexandra Waierstall (DE), Magga Bjarnadottir (IS), Antje Pfundter (DE), Anat Eisenberg (IL), Lea Moro (CH), Josep Cabellero (ES/DE), Vincent Riebeek (NL), Ligia Lewis (USA/DE), Dragana Bulut (RS/DE), Davis Freeman (US/BE) and the Japanese clothing label COSMIC WONDER Light Source.


impressions'15 © Karolina Miernik


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