Why are people so willing to humiliate people from other social groups? What are the factors responsible for psychological and physical aggression? What are those aspects of human nature which lead to social exclusion? What are the cognitive, affective and motivational components of intergroup brutality? How can we resist, protest and fight against domination and oppression? What are our tools and how can we use them? Through discussions (based on readings, life experience, self-examination) and practical application (movement research, performance, dance…) we will trace the history of different forms and levels of domination, including institutional, interpersonal, and unconscious, their similarities and differences. We will discuss the experience of living with alienation, whether it is due to race, sex, sexuality, class, ethnicity, religion or an intersection of these, the ways in which the theoretical texts we discovered relate to our personal experiences and to socio-political contexts, and we create in response concrete actions, performances and body-works.
During the lab, following 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 artwork.
About the facilitator
Anna Ádám is a Franco-Hungarian visual artist and performance maker whose work blurs the boundaries between choreography, image, and object, with emphasis on the body and on the movement as the central forms of expression. She studied performance and fashion before obtaining her Master of Arts from the ENSAPC Art School in Cergy, France, in 2016. By combining performing arts, visual arts and curatorial practices, Anna Ádám’s work transgresses normative discourses, challenges gender boundaries, systems of representation, standards of beauty together with the established codes of the fashionable body. Anna Ádám also considers workshops, community building activities and curatorial practices as part of her main artistic medium. At the intersection of an art workshop and an interactive performance, in the form of "thematic movement research laboratories", private one-on-one "séances", experimental learning and unlearning sessions, Art Fitness classes and JAM LABS, she creates and curates social and spatial contexts, develops new forms of collective aesthetics based on participation, connection, and physical presence. Anna Ádám also participated as a performance artist to external projects (Palais de Tokyo (FR), Musée Georges Pompidou (FR)...). Since 2016 she presents regularly her work in both theaters (E-Werk Kul- turzentrum (DE), Theater MU (HU), National Theater (HU), Piccolo Tea- tro (DE)...) and exhibition spaces (Ludwig Museum (HU), Museum of Modern Art Yerevan (AM), National Museum of History Paris (FR)...), and holds workshops in universities across Europe (Austria, France, Hungary, Serbia, Armenia...). In 2019 she gave seminars at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna (AT) and at the University of Artois (FR). In 2020 she is resident artist at the Mediterranean Dance Center (HT) and at ZFinMalta (MT). In 2021 she will collaborate with Dance City Theater (UK), La Générale (FR), Abbaye de Maubuisson (FR) and teach with the ZeroPlus Dance School (HU) and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Arts de Paris-Cergy (FR). Web Instagram
Thematic Movement Research Laboratory
"Who is the boss?" is part of the "Thematic Movement Research Laboratory" program. The program is composed of three independent labs: