In Print: Meg Stuart: Make The First Move

OUT NOW: #41 / MEG STUART: MAKE THE FIRST MOVE “I have always felt very comfortable with being upside down, off balance, and ungrounded when I am dancing.” mono.kultur #41 / Summer 2016 English / 15 x 20 cm / 48 Pages € 5.00 at Delirious, vulnerable bodies running, stumbling, sliding from ramps, crashing into each other in full flight; whirling dancers in states of trance and abandon; traces of patterns emerging and dissolving: the work of American choreographer and dancer Meg Stuart is an enigmatic and dazzling experience of dance as a multisensory attack, distilling harmony out of chaos, grace out of roughness, moments of intensity out of daily rituals and gestures. Meg Stuart’s work is not about the elegance and beauty of dance, or at least not in the conventional sense....

Books: International Women Stage Directors

[row] [/row][row]A study of women in the arts, International Women Stage Directors is a comprehensive examination of women directors in twenty-four diverse countries. Organized by country, chapters provide historical context and emphasize how social, political, religious, and economic factors have impacted women’s rise in the theatre, particularly in terms of gender equity. Contributors tell the stories of their home country’s pioneering women directors and profile the most influential women directors practicing today, examining their career paths, artistry, and major achievements. Contributors are Ileana Azor, Dalia Basiouny, Kate Bredeson, Mirenka Cechová, Marié-Heleen Coetzee, May Farnsworth, Anne Fliotsos, Laura Ginters, Iris Hsin-chun Tuan, Maria Ignatieva, Adam J. Ledger,...

Books: Making Video Dance- A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Dance for the Screen

Since the advent of digital video technology, ’dance on camera’ has become an increasingly popular, and important genre of dance. This is ’how-to’ manual for choreographers, dancers and students who want to make dance films. Specifically written from a personal experience of a complete lack of printed material to help beginners get started, Katrina McPherson has produced an  text which combines practical help with aesthetic discussion in an anecdotal and accessible style. Making Video Dance includes: exercises to be used inside, or outside the classroom a production diary interviews with leading practitioners on both sides of the camera. Also including a glossary of terms.

Books: Living as Form- Socially Engaged Art from 1991-2011

Over the past twenty years, an abundance of art forms have emerged that use aesthetics to affect social dynamics. These works are often produced by collectives or come out of a community context; they emphasize participation, dialogue, and action, and appear in situations ranging from theater to activism to urban planning to visual art to health care. Engaged with the texture of living, these art works often blur the line between art and life. This book offers the first global portrait of a complex and exciting mode of cultural production–one that has virtually redefined contemporary art practice.Living as Form grew out of a major exhibition at Creative Time in New York City. Like the exhibition, the book is a landmark survey of more than 100 projects selected by a thirty-person cura...

Books: Devising Performance: A Critical History

The book charts the development of collaboratively-created performances from the 1950s to the present day. Companies discussed include the Living Theatre, Open Theatre, Australian Performing Group, People Show, Teatro Campesino, Théâtre de Complicité, Legs on the Wall, Forced Entertainment and Third Angel. Against this background of enormous variety, fundamental questions are posed: “What is devised theatre?”; “Why have theatre-makers chosen to devise performances since the 1950s?” and “How has devised performance changed over the last fifty years?”

Books: The Fun – The Social Practice of Nightlife in NYC

New York comes alive after dark. For years the thriving nightlife has drawn curious outsiders to the city while uniting its residents in a utopian bacchanal that transcends racial, sexual, and class boundaries. As a catalyst for otherwise impossibly intimate intermingling in what is America’s cultural capital, nightlife in NYC has always been fertile ground for creative expression and exploration, birthing countless movements in music, fashion, and art. Yet it is only in the past decade that major cultural institutions have begun to recognize that nightlife promoters are artists, and the parties—the environments, performance, fashion, and experiences created—works of art. Surveying the evolving nature of nightlife in New York City, THE FUN: The Social Practice of Nightlife in NYC is ...

Books: Artificial Hells: Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship by Claire Bishop

Since the 1990s, critics and curators have broadly accepted the notion that participatory art is the ultimate political art: that by encouraging an audience to take part an artist can promote new emancipatory social relations. Around the world, the champions of this form of expression are numerous, ranging from art historians such as Grant Kester, curators such as Nicolas Bourriaud and Nato Thompson, to performance theorists such as Shannon Jackson. Artificial Hells is the first historical and theoretical overview of socially engaged participatory art, known in the US as “social practice.” Claire Bishop follows the trajectory of twentieth-century art and examines key moments in the development of a participatory aesthetic. This itinerary takes in Futurism and Dada; the Situationist Interna...

Books: Dance (Whitechapel: Documents of Contemporary Art) Editor by André Lepecki

This collection surveys the choreographic turn in the artistic imagination from the 1950s onwards, and in doing so outlines the philosophies of movement instrumental to the development of experimental dance. By introducing and discussing the concepts of embodiment and corporeality, choreopolitics, and the notion of dance in an expanded field, Dance establishes the aesthetics and politics of dance as a major impetus in contemporary culture. It offers testimonies and writings by influential visual artists whose work has taken inspiration from dance and choreography. Dance–because of its ephemerality, corporeality, precariousness, scoring, and performativity–is arguably the art form that most clearly engages the politics of aesthetics in contemporary culture. Dance’s ephemer...

Books: Parallel Slalom A Lexicon Of Non-Aligned Poetics

PARALLEL SLALOM A LEXICON OF NON-ALIGNED POETICS The price of the book is 20€. editors Bojana Cvejić, Goran Sergej Pristaš publishers TkH/CDU, Belgrade-Zagreb, 2013 It can be ordered at Centar za dramsku umjetnost, Andrijevićeva 28, 10000 ZAGREB, CROATIA Tel: +385 91 8929 747, E-mail: or at Books on the Move (preorders now, delivered from June on). What does it take to create one’s own concepts? What does it mean toown a concept? Parallel Slalom: A Lexicon of Non-Aligned Poetics is an edited collection of essays that attempt to address these questions from the viewpoint of artistic and theoretical practices that have been developing since the 1960s, especially in the period after the breakup of Yugoslavia in 1991. Artists, dramaturges, the...

Books: William Forsythe and the Practice of Choreography by Spier Stephen (EDT)

William Forsythe’s reinvigoration of classical ballet during his 20-year tenure at the Ballett Frankfurt saw him lauded as one of the greatest choreographers of the postwar era. His current work with The Forsythe Company has gone even further to challenge and investigate fundamental assumptions about choreography itself. William Forsythe and the Practice of Choreography presents a diverse range of critical writings on his work, with illuminating analysis of his practice from an interdisciplinary perspective. The book also contains insightful working testaments from Forsythe’s collaborators, as well as a contribution from the choreographer himself. With essays covering all aspects of Forsythe’s past and current work, readers are provided with an unparalleled view into the creative world of ...

Books: Notes on Conceptualisms by Robert Fitterman and Vanessa Place

Robert Fitterman and Vanessa Place‘s Notes on Conceptualisms is not strictly a text on contemporary performance. However, this little manual/poem/theoretical document pertains directly to conceptual performance and conversations emerging across performance fields, especially amongst playwrights. Published by Ugly Duckling Presse. Available online here. From the Ugly Duckling website: What is conceptual writing, how does it differ from Conceptual Art, what are some of the dominant forms of conceptualism,where does an impure or hybrid conceptualism fit in, what about the baroque, what about the prosody of procedure, what are the links between appropriation and conceptual writing, how does conceptual writing rely on a new way of reading, a “thinkership” that can shift the focus away fro...

Books: Art Power by Boris Groys

Art has its own power in the world, and is as much a force in the power play of global politics today as it once was in the arena of cold war politics. Art, argues the distinguished theoretician Boris Groys, is hardly a powerless commodity subject to the art market’s fiats of inclusion and exclusion. In Art Power, Groys examines modern and contemporary art according to its ideological function. Art, Groys writes, is produced and brought before the public in two ways — as a commodity and as a tool of political propaganda. In the contemporary art scene, very little attention is paid to the latter function. Arguing for the inclusion of politically motivated art in contemporary art discourse, Groys considers art produced under totalitarianism, Socialism, and post-Communism. He also...

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