Deborah Encounters

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CT#7 focuses on the notion of dance practice. Since the 1960s, everyday dance practice has been established as a type of everyday dance work where dance artists explore their work and occasionally share the results of this exploration with the public. This opens up a whole spectrum of ways of working for dancers, through improvisation, score work or tasks, teaching, sharing existing and inventing new methodologies – they come up with current and exciting formats, forms and modes of performance that often inscribe themselves in all other levels of dance work. Often such work is based on somatic movement and body systems, body perception and new proposals for the organisation of movement and attention in space and time, other times it is organised around the use of objects, texts, and still other times the movement comes from the observation of social organisation. Although there are many artists developing their own practices in both our national and regional scenes, dance practice is often overlooked or understood as ‘preparation for serious work,’ which is a complete misunderstanding. Dance practice stands alone as a type of studio work, performance format, performance, exhibition or installation. The misunderstanding of the position of dance practice has led to this work being overlooked by the public and underfunded. It is perhaps not superfluous to point out that, according to Aristotle, the post-production of praxis has ethical, economic or political implications.

With this event, we provide affirmation and visibility to dance practice, and its practitioners examine what dance practice can and could become in our wider environment at this moment in time? In addition to Deborah Hay, four of her collaborators from different periods of her and their work are invited to Choreographic Turn #7 to expose the notions, forms of work and outcomes associated with dance practice. Deborah Hay will present her dance solo my choreographed body ... revisited (2019), a short mass choreography created with local and regional artists entitled Exit (1999) and the documentary Deborah Hay not as Deborah Hay (Ellen Bromberg, 2011), while French choreographer, dancer and researcher Laurent Pichaud will focus on aspects of Hay’s specific dance practice with archival materials related to the American dance artist's oeuvre. Dancer and choreographer Céline Larrère will focus on presenting her practice of improvised solos that create a dance community in her workshop programme Come Together, Right now, over Ljublj. In his lecture INSIDER/OUTSIDER: Dancing Queer Authorship, dancer, choreographer, and artistic director Christopher Roman will focus on a dance practice whose authorship can never be (fully) determined, because even in the hierarchized structures of dance institutions, it is always made in relationships. The participants of Choreographic Turn #7 will be at once the listeners, spectators, participants, and co-creators, since one of the aspects of dance practice is its fundamental experientiality, which, with its ethical aspects, makes absolute communicability impossible. Working practices are thus often transmitters, referring to the content instead of communicating it. Dario Bardam’s dance solo seguir moviendo, which will be presented as part of the curated programme, seems to be concerned precisely with the persistence of practice as an action from which failure cannot be excluded, but rather incorporated into the work as a constitutive part of the critical modality of action.


Tickets for the entire event: 15 EUR, available at the box office of Španski borci
Tickets for individual events: 7 EUR (pre-sale), 9 EUR (on the day of the event)

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Curated by Dragana Alfirević in collaboration with Jana Jevtović, Dejan Srhoj and Jasmina Založnik
Texts by Rok Vevar, Dragana Alfirević and statements of the invited artists
Translation and proofreading: Jana Jevtović and Iztok Ilc
Executive production: Jasmina Založnik, Dragana Alfirević and Mojca Prešern
Technical support: technical team of Španski borci and Kino Šiška
Public Relations: Urška Comino
Design: Ajda Tomazin
Photo documentation: Sunčan Stone
Video documentation: Gaja Madžarevič

Organisation and production: Nomad Dance Academy Slovenia, 2023
Co-production: Kino Šiška, Španski borci and Bunker
Partners: JSKD, DUM

With the financial support of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia, the Municipality of Ljubljana, and the projects Life Long Burning and DOPODO supported by Creative Europe

Choreographic Turn was made with financial support of Ministry of Culture of Slovenia and with financial and logistical support of Nomad Dance Academy Slovenija.