Dance, performance, and the systemic (non-) representation of bodies

Sandra Noeth in conversation with Zwoisy Mears-Clarke, Sergiu Matis & Bojana Kunst

Fri 06.03.
12.30 – 14.00 h

Bodies have always been at the core of various political and universalist ideologies. A suitable field for projections and fertile ground for stereotypes, they provide powerful tools for embodying individual and collective action and resistance and instilling often abstract notions of alignment, alienation or fear. Acknowledging that representation, imagination, and experience are at the heart of politics and art alike, dramaturg and scholar Sandra Noeth, choreographers Sergiu Matis and Zwoisy Mears-Clarke, and professor and director of the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies at the Justus Liebig University Gießen Bojana Kunst question: how do choreographic and performative strategies factor in this process? How do they supply or deny certain bodies with rights and privileges? This is not only a matter of aesthetics. It addresses a political problem insofar as the systematic and strategic non-representation of bodies has direct consequences. Not being visible or present is grounds for depriving certain bodies of official representation and memory and decreasing their political agency and claim making. It withdraws human, political and ethical recognition from them.