Gestural repertoires : moving between the infraordinary, the ordinary and the extraordinary



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Summary:

Body-data is not only gathered technologically but through gestural sharing, re-enactment, role playing, contamination, and migration transpiring through micro movements of the body to macro movements of the environment. By interweaving choreographic and geographic approaches to movement, place and space we aim to better understand the ways in which scalarity can be used to read the categories of the infraordinary (difficult to perceive), the ordinary (daily habits) and the extraordinary (finely skilled) repertoires of gesture. These categories will be read through different disciplinary lenses that include non-representational geography (Derek McCormack), dance studies (Alexandra Kolb), body-culture criticism (Lucia Ruprecht) and performance studies (Jen Harvie).

Detailed programme:

Thursday 6 June
10:30am - 12:30pm Gestural repertoires: moving between the infraordinary, the ordinary and the extraordinary
Chairwomen: Gretchen Schiller and Anne-Laure Amilhat Szary

10:30 - 10:45 Opening of the workshop
- Gretchen Schiller, Researcher in choreography and UGA Professor - Litt&Arts, Univ. Grenoble Alpes
- Anne-Laure Amilhat Szary - Pacte, laboratoire de sciences sociales, Univ. Grenoble Alpes


10:45 - 11:15 Scalarity
- Derek McCormack,
Professor of Cultural Geography and Member of the Technological Life: Environments, Bodies, Mobilities research Cluster - University of Oxford

11:15 - 11:45 Gestural imaginations
- Lucia Ruprecht, College Teaching Officer and Director of Studies in Modern and Medieval Languages - Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge

11:45 - 12:15 Everyday gestures
- Alexandra Kolb,
Professor of Dance - University of Roehampton, London

12:15 - 12:30 Closure of the workshop
- Gretchen Schiller, Researcher in choreography and UGA Professor - Litt&Arts, Univ. Grenoble Alpes
12:30pm - 2pm Lunch
2pm - 4pm Geogestures and choreographic cartographies
Chairwomen: Gretchen Schiller and Anne-Laure Amilhat

- Jen Harvie, Professor of Contemporary Theatre and Performance - Queen Mary University, London
- Gretchen Schiller, Researcher in choreography and UGA Professor - Litt&Arts, Univ. Grenoble Alpes
- Anne-Laure Amilhat Szary - Pacte, laboratoire de sciences sociales, Univ. Grenoble Alpes

Main speakers:

Jen HarvieJen Harvie
Professor of Contemporary Theatre and Performance - Queen Mary University, London

Jen Harvie research focusses on the cultural politics of contemporary theatre, performance and art, feminism and performance, performance and the city, and cultural policy and arts funding. Her publications include: The Only Way Home Is Through the Show: Performance Work of Lois Weaver, co-edited and co-written with Lois Weaver; Fair Play - Art, Performance and Neoliberalism, published by Palgrave Macmillan (2013), The Routledge Companion to Theatre and Performance (2014) co-authored, revised and illustrated second edition (first published 2006 with Paul Allain) ; Theatre & the City, Basingstoke (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) et Staging the UK, Manchester (Manchester University Press, 2005).
Alexandra KolbAlexandra Kolb
Professor of Dance - University of Roehampton, London

Her research focuses on the relationship between dance and politics, the cross-currents between dance and everyday life, and gender theory applied to dance. Her current book entitled Dance and the Everyday, about 21st century choreography tackles the subject matter of the everyday, mundane, trivial or pedestrian. Previous publications include Performing Femininity: Dance and Literature in German Modernism. (“Cultural History & Literary Imagination” vol. 12). Oxford: Peter Lang and 2011. Dance and Politics. Oxford: Peter Lang. (2011). She sits on the review and editorial boards of Society for Dance Research, AHRC Peer Review Committee, is a Fellow of the Cambridge European Society and the Society of Dance History Scholars.
Derek McCormackDerek McCormack
Professor of Cultural Geography and Member of the Technological Life: Environments, Bodies, Mobilities research Cluster - University of Oxford

Derek McCormack is Professor of Cultural Geography at the University of Oxford. He has written about nonrepresentational theory, affect, atmospheres, and the elemental. He is the author of Refrains for Moving Bodies: Experience and Experiment in Affective Spaces (2014), and Atmospheric Things: On the Allure of Elemental Envelopment (2018), both published with Duke University Press.
Lucia RuprechtLucia Ruprecht
College Teaching Officer and Director of Studies in Modern and Medieval Languages - Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge

Lucia Ruprecht is a fellow of Emmanuel College and an affiliated Lecturer at the Section of German and Dutch, University of Cambridge, UK. She has published widely on dance, literature, and film. She is author of Gestural Imaginaries: Dance and Cultural Theory in the Early Twentieth Century (Oxford University Press, 2019) and Dances of the Self in Heinrich von Kleist, E. T. A. Hoffmann and Heinrich Heine (Ashgate, 2006), edited Towards an Ethics of Gesture (special section of Performance Philosophy, 2017), and co-edited New German Dance Studies (University of Illinois Press, 2012), Cultural Pleasure (special issue of German Life & Letters, 2009), and Performance and Performativity in German Cultural Studies (Lang, 2003).