October 2012 – November 2014
Research group Unpacking Performativity presented itself to the world.
The way of working always consists of the elements TALK, DO and RELFECT.
Event UP# 0 was a serie of three events. One at ArtEZ Institute of the Arts, one at the center shopping square and the last at Restaurant Dudok. The invitees walked and reflected with the researchers and performers Niels Storm Robitzky, Bart van Rosmalen and Gaby Allard from site to site.
The research group travelled to the National Finals of Funkin’ Stylez in Dusseldorf to dive into the urban dance.
After watching the battles where researcher Niels Storm Robitzky judged, the group interacted with all judges and a large group of dancers for an in depth exchange. Topics that where discussed ……
Workshop by Niels ‘Storm’ Robitzky for students from ArtEZ Shool of Dance, track dance teacher.
Event as ‘active research part’ format “Me Against the Music” with students from ArtEZ School of Dance, track dance teacher.
Contemplative Dialogue with extended circle guests Tamara Rookus and Fleur Bokhoven on Gadamer, Het Schone.
A contemplative dialogue invites to deeper understanding of a text by using dialogue and reflection.
UP#3 at ArtEZ
Reading and talk with extended circle of guest Hanneke Koolen, Fransien van der Put en Dick Hollander on Erike Fischer-Lichte’s The Transformative Power of Performance. A new esthetics. (2008)
An event, as active research element, with researchers and students from ArtEZ School of Dance, track dancer/maker.
Creating a format for the conference Event in Practice in 26-29 March 2013 in Amsterdam.
UP# is invited to present and participate in the Conference ‘Event in Artistic and Political Practices’ that will take place from 26th – 28th of March 2013. The conference is organized by the School of Cultural Analysis, University of Amsterdam and Gerrit Rietveld Academie.
UP# will do a paper performance in 3 parts, presented by researchers Gaby Allard, Niels ‘Storm’ Robitzky, Bart van Rosmalen and Peter Sonderen (professor in charge). For this performance two artists are inivited to participate as well.
The key note speakers of the conference are Alain Badiou, Oliver Marchart, Claire Fontaine and Janos Sugar.
Reflection on the paper-performance in three parts.
Theoretical frame and discussion on ‘Eye and Mind’by Maurice Merlaut-Ponty.
Monday evening session led by Bart van Rosmalen with extended circle on the perception of body and space.
Researchers will do a writing session together in Arnhem.
It’s UP# to you at the ArtEZ Studium Generale event ‘Just Another Day’.
The research group, students from ArtEZ, professionals from various fields went into the process of designing and doing artistic interventions and experiencing the city in an uncommon way.
The professorship Theory in the arts and the School of Dance of ArtEZ Institute of the Arts and the whole crew of the research group Unpacking performativity offer a celebration of the first Day of Performativity on 18th of November 2014 in Arnhem.
This event is a closure of a two years research journey,
Two years ago the research group Unpacking Performativity started its research journey. This voyage resulted in a practical-theoretical approach in enquiring the relation between the idea of performativity, urban dance and academic dance. An important issue became the circle (form) in which all kinds of transmissions of ideas and actions were tested. Bystanders (students, researchers, professionals, nameless) were also invited to infuse and add to the research processes with new ideas and new embodiments.
This active and performative approach of theory and practice was underpinned by the idea of the FEST, a term that the philosopher Gadamer had made famous within aesthetics for understanding art forms that could be no more reduced to an object that only insists to be viewed. The term FEST suited very well the analysis and praxis of the circle, and our research at large.
We invite guests to come and ‘jam’ with us, which also is a special form of doing. The first ‘Day of Performativity’ will be a testimonial celebration dedicated to the power of the illocutionary force and to the possibilities of the performative for dance, the arts in general and, perhaps, life.
In the spring of 2015 the publication (publisher ArtEZ Press) will be presented.