In recent years in the contemporary performance and dance world, queer has become a fashionable topic and is more and more used as a portmanteau word. Having often the same postmodern theoretical references, these works are often characterized by the use of stereotypes in grotesque and caricatural ways through cross-dressing, gender-based exaggerated stereotypical movements, clichéd body postures and gestures. However, without having a critical approach, queerness in these pieces is often reduced into the realm of “topic”, and remain at a level of "aesthetic". Therefore there is a deep disconnection between the discourse and the work itself, which is rather composed of a series of superficial signs and appearances. Instead of having a critical approach and deconstructing hierarchies, these performances maintain asymmetries between the sexes and reinforces gender stereotypes.
During the workshop, we will draw, among others, on François Chaignaud & Akaji Maro's "Gold shower" (2020), Pol Pi's "Me Too, Galatée" (2019), Cecilia Moisio's "Juxtapose" (2012) and Alain Buffard's "Dispositif 3.1" (2000) performances to shed critical light on a variety of questions, including: What is queer? Is this a catch-all term? Can queerness be dissociated from politics? Does queer turned mainstream? What the queer performance aesthetic looks like? In terms of forms, is there an unwritten queer performance check list to fill out? What it would look like? How can it be used as an oppositional aesthetic challenging hegemonic class, gender, and racial hierarchies, normative behaviors and dominant ideologies? What cross-dressing means on stage? Is there a difference between drag and cross dressing? How to avoid the reinforcement of gender stereotypes? How to avoid queer formalism?
Following screenings, readings and discussions related to the topic, you will make thematic movement research and structured improvisation exercises, create solo and group choreographies, discover new methods and tools to generate both new performances and seeds for the work you are in the midst of creating. So as to stimulate different parts of the brain and the body, you will move back and forth between performance tasks, creative writing and drawing exercises as well. You will also receive one-on-one mentoring (including critical feed-back in the analysis, application of the method and the clarity of details) during the development of your own original performance.
Performance, dance, movement research, improvisation, solo and group presentation, discussion, critical feedback
Dates: Venue: Number of participants: 15 people Fee:Free of charge Participants: The workshop is open for everyone.
Anna Adam, performance maker and visual artist. Teaching experience: Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (AT), Conservatory of Dance and Choreography (AM), University of Artois (FR), University of Novi Sad (SRB), ZfinMalta National Dance Company (MT), Mediterranean Dance Center (HT), ZéroPlusz Dance School (HU)... www.annaadam.net