Dansens Hus invites performers and creators within the dance and performing arts field to participate in a three-part seminar on different forms of dramaturgical thinking. Over the course of three weekends, three dramaturgs who operate actively in dance works will present their interests and methodological approaches within dance dramaturgy. In addition, they will visit selected dance artists in the studio, to put their thoughts and own practice in context with the dancers' projects and works.
Ecosystems of attention
by Jeroen Peeters
11. + 12. November
How do you set up conditions for the work to come about? How do you create a shared ground for exploring the unfamiliar in pursuit of making sense? These questions are at the heart of And then it got legs: Notes on dance dramaturgy (2022), in which Jeroen Peeters discusses dramaturgy as an experimental, collaborative practice and a material form of thinking. This brings up another string of questions around the studio work as an ecology of attentional practices. How do artists (researchers, writers…) read their own work as it is still in process and not yet public? How do they prime their bodies, attune their senses, foster alternative literacies?
The lecture is followed by a Q&A. This prepares the ground for a workshop around dramaturgical practices of ‘literal and physical reading’ and working with text in the dance studio. Aim is to experiment with creating and inhabiting an ecology of attention. Texts to work with will be provided.
DAY 1 – SEMINAR – lecture, conversation and workshop with Jeroen Peeters at Dansens Hus – 10:00-16:00
NOTE: There is only room for 25 participants in the workshop. It is possible to take part in the program before lunch if you do not get a place in the workshop.
To register your participation, send an e-mail to email@example.com. Mark the email with: Dramaturgy seminar 1, 2 or 3. (or all). The invitation to take part in the seminar extends to all who are interested in exploring dramaturgy as it relates to their own work. The admission is free, but please, sign up for the program.
Jeroen Peeters (BE) is an essayist, dramaturg and performer based in Brussels. He has published widely on contemporary dance and performance and writes about matters such as ecologies of attention, embodied knowledge, material literacy, readership, commoning and sustainable development. Books include Are we here yet? (2010) on the work of choreographer Meg Stuart; Through the Back: Situating Vision between Moving Bodies (2014), on spectatorship in contemporary dance; and And then it got legs: Notes on dance dramaturgy (2022). Together with Mette Edvardsen he runs the publishing house Varamo Press. Peeters is a research fellow at Hasselt University, Faculty of Architecture and Arts, and PXL-MAD School of Arts.
DAY 2 – PRACTICUM is reserved for studio visits with 3 dance artists:
In the second part of each chapter, we offer anyone who is currently in the process of creation, or planning one, and would like to engage in a conversation with the dramaturg, to book a studio visit. The dramaturg will engage with the artist around a concrete piece of work, material or project that the artist is working on. The session will last around one hour, and will take place in the studio or in another space, depending on whether it is a rehearsal or a conversation. You can meet the dramaturge in a studio at Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHiO) if you do not have the opportunity or desire to be in your own studio. Please specify in the registration e-mail.
1: Sunday October 1, with Bojana Cvejić
2: Sunday November 12 with Jeroen Peeters
3: Sunday December 10 with Deise Nunes
Please, note that this offer is limited to three studio visits in a day. The applications will be selected on the first come, first served basis. If you are interested, please, book early!
To book a visit from a dramaturg, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Mark the e-mail with:
Dramaturgy seminar PRACTICUM 1, 2 or 3.
About the seminar:
Over the past two decades, various experimental practices in the field of theater, dance, performance art, and choreographic exhibition in a global context have converged on dramaturgy, an investigation of the interests and questions, capacities and working cultures and politics involved in the creation of a performance. This seminar will offer an encounter with an invited practicing dramaturg at work. Each part – or chapter – is comprised of two days: Day 1 is an open lecture at Dansens Hus, led by the invited speaker who, in dialogue with another dramaturg, will explore their current preoccupations in dramaturgy with regard to creation in dance and performance. Day 2 the invited speaker will visit dance artists currently working in Oslo and engages in a conversation around their work in a studio.
The seminar series is curated by Bojana Cvejić (SRB/BE/NO), freelance dramaturg and Professor of Dance Theory (KHiO), whose work also includes self-organizing collective platforms of self-education and experimental production. In addition to Cvejić, the series will feature as main speakers Deise Faria Nunes (BR/NO), researcher, writer and dramaturg, and Jeroen Peeters (BE), writer, dramaturge and performer active in the field of contemporary dance across Europe.
The invitation to take part in the seminar extends to all who are interested in exploring dramaturgy as it relates to their own work. The admission is free, but please, sign up for the program.