Bilderatlas: A Dramaturgy
Developed as part of a Process Space Residency, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, September 1 - December 16
Bilderatlas is an experimental platform which includes written texts, archival materials as well as live performance and public dialogues that engage the social and political possibilities opened up by contemporary dance and dance dramaturgy. Similar to a “curatorial turn” in the visual arts, dramaturgy increasingly infuses the language and critical thinking in relation performance. Using dramaturgical tools as the foundation for this project, Bilderatlas will reconsider of a body of dance documentation – including archival photographs, scores, performance recordings, and interviews with choreographers. Drawing inspiration from the unfinished work of art historian Aby Warburg (and specifically his Mnemosyne Atlas), I propose to invite a range of dance artists to collaborate with me in creating constellations of images of movement, documents that attest to the resounding ways in which gestures impact and alter the world. These constellations will be focused around the way movements and their capture in still imagery survive across historical periods, resurfacing in ways that are both untimely and hyper-responsive to the socio-political conditions of our contemporary late capitalist moment. Questions central to this publication include: how does the living labor of the body formally respond to the world around us? Are we alienated subjects or simply stumbling on other possible worlds? What would it look like if we tried to distill revolution into a single image, gesture, or movement?