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Relocation: choreographic strategies in an era of cultural appropriation
Since 2016, I have developed Practical Encyclopedia, a choreographic project that observes how social transformations affect our intimate relation to movement. Together with a team of writers, researchers and dancers, we conducted around 600 interviews with people of different social backgrounds in seven European cities. Our inquiry reveals the diversity of habits, rituals and techniques exercised by groups and individuals living in these territories. It informs us on the modes of production of subjectivity through the organised repetition and transmission of movements.
For this workshop, we will work through different choreographic strategies. In an era of YouTube and cultural appropriation, how and where do we find material? Every dance practice is situated, how do we negotiate with the context in which we produce? When establishing a process that implicates investigation outside of the studio, how do we proceed? How can we look at what we make as part of a larger social process that affects our techniques and modes of working?
Our time together in the studio will be structured by compositional exercises, discussion within the group, as well as time dedicated to developing personal material.
ARTISTBIO: Lenio Kaklea
She performed with Alexandra Bachzetsis, François Chaignaud and Cecilia Bengolea, Boris Charmatz, Claudia Triozzi and made a solo collaboration with Lucinda Childs on the music of Ryoji Ikeda in 2013.
Since 2009, she makes work using a range of media such as choreography, text and film. She has created "Matter of Act", "Arranged by Date", "Margin Release", "A Hand's Turn", "Analphabet", "Practical Encyclopedia", "Chosen Portraits" and "41 Lécuyer street". In 2016, she was the curator of "Iris, Alexandra, Mariela, Katerina and me", a program around Athens based female choreographers.
Her work has been presented in various festivals and art contexts such as Center Pompidou, documenta 14 - Public programs, Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, PACT Zollverein, Le Quartz – National scene of Brest, ImPulsTanz, Ménagerie de verre, Athens and Epidaurus Festival and the Onassis Foundation.
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