Join us for two public events exploring multidisciplinary perspectives on accessibility and site-specific cultural production.
Grand re Union aims to create togetherness in spite of the postmodern fragmented subjectivities and socialities across various neofacist national contexts where white supremacy, homophobia, racial capitalism, environmental destruction, and generalized subjugating cultural norms violently damage individuals, communities, economies, and the planet. In this struggle we must address the shortcomings and opportunities of the contemporary dance field in proximity and opposition to these hetro-patriarchal archeologies of domination. Asking: how is the dance field reinforcing or disrupting harmful patterns of exclusion, inequity and homogenization?
People in Places: Site Specific Performance-making with Joanna Haigood
Date/time: Saturday, March 20, 2020, 9:00-10:30am PDT / 5:00-6:30PM CET
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82346314106…
Assessing Access | Joint conversation with Jenny Reardon, Craig Moodie and Alice Sheppard Facilitated by Julie Phelps
Date/time: Friday, March 19, 10:30-11:45am PDT / 7:30-8:45pm CET
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86005218100…
Or watch the stream on Twitch: twitch.tv/counterpulsesf
A science and technology scholar, a neuroscientist and a choreographer each discuss the concept of access from their particular perspective and field of practice through responding to the same set of open-ended interview questions. The intent is to invite listeners to consider these perspectives side-by-side as a point of reflection and inspiration across distinct but interconnected schools of thought. What can we learn about our value systems related to access by measuring conceptual divergence and proximity from others? Can such comparison reveal previously opaque political and historical context around access as a concept and directive?
About Grand re Union
Grand re Union aims at documenting, while also cultivating and transmitting, relevant knowledge and practices honed in dance, movement, and choreographic reflection and creation.
Originally designed as an in-person conference in Poland for June 2020, Grand re Union moves from being a ten-day in-person gathering to a two-year platform for commissioning, collecting and archiving the intersecting, transdisciplinary practices of dance and choreography. The project is precipitated in response to growing extremism and polarization tearing at the fabric of inter-human and interspecies relations, and our connection to nature, positing that the body-based practice of dance and choreography can help heal our planet.
Grand re Union conjures the first horizontal improvisational collective Grand Union, established in 1969 by protagonists of postmodern dance. Project partners and artists will exercise the choreographic traditions borne of that time—renewing the knowledge created then, and adding to it the practices flourishing in the field since.
Learn more about Grand re Union at www.grandreunion.net
About Art Stations Foundation
Since 2004, Art Stations Foundation (ASF) has been providing extensive support to the development of contemporary choreography (with special focus on Polish artists) through its performative programme based in Poznań, recognized internationally under the name Old Brewery New Dance. It provided the Polish and international dance community with a unique meeting point – a platform for research, creation and choreographic (self)reflection bringing forward the art of choreography in dialogue with other disciplines, examining its history, theory and future, revisiting and interrogating its own artistic, but also political and social, content and contexts. – turning Old Brewery center and ASF into a leading organization on the Central Eastern European dance map.
About Movement Research
Based in New York City, Movement Research is one of the world’s leading laboratories for the investigation of dance and movement-based forms. Valuing the individual artist, their creative process and their vital role within society, Movement Research is dedicated to the creation and implementation of free and low-cost programs that nurture and instigate discourse and experimentation. Movement Research strives to reflect the cultural, political and economic diversity of its moving community, including artists and audiences alike.