Workshops 2014

Workshops 2014

Rasmus Ölme
The Business of Showing

© Vojtech Brtnicky
Adv
Week 4, 11.8.–15.8.2014
11:45–14:45
Arsenal 3

The Business of Showing

How consciously do you, as performer, deal with being watched?

Neuroscience has taught the world about mirror neurons. Contemporary dance and theatre has experimented with audience activation and participatory agendas. Gender studies and identity politics have revealed performance at the core of our understanding of ourselves and communication. The web has provided a potential for self-exposure, and revealed a self inflicted Big Brother’s gaze that surveillance society could only have dreamt of.
Where does contemporary choreography place itself in relation to subjectivity and the relation between the individual and the collective through the performance as media?

Although everyone works with the aim of public presentation, the field rarely speaks of it as a technical skill. By some it is thought of as a soulful talent that will make the performer shine, by others it is dealt with denial through a nonchalant, supposedly casual attitude.
We will look into this technical skill by diversifying the idea of being watched into nuances of being watched, observed, witnessed or paid attention to. What intentional differences can we find in showing, doing, hiding, displaying, revealing, covering and uncovering.

Workshop manifesto (claimer/disclaimer):
The workshop aims at loosing your self rather than finding it. The workshop aims at un-grounding a representational regime in performance. The workshop is not about exhibitionism and will not develop your persona.

We will discuss all the above and we will engage in exercises to confuse object with subject; you with me; doing with observing.

Rasmus Ölme
© Marta Lamovsek
© Marta Lamovsek
© Carmelo Fernandez