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Rondetafelgesprek na voorstelling SHIROKURO

“Dat wat het stuk met je doet, ben je zelf”

Foto van toneelbeeld van SHIROKURO

Foto van toneelbeeld van SHIROKURO

Gisteravond hadden we na de voorstelling SHIROKURO een intiem gesprek met 11 toeschouwers in de keuken van Theater Kikker in Utrecht. Een contemplatieve dialoog waarin interessante verschillen en overeenkomsten naar voren kwamen over de ervaring van de dans, de muziek en de beelden.

SHIROKURO is een voorstelling van choreograaf Nicole Beutler, pianist Tomoko Mukaiyama, decor- en lichtontwerper Jean Kalman en danser Mitchell-Lee van Rooij.

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Introduction on Hypermap

Hypermap is a lab for the remembering, combining and forgetting of (embodied) knowledge. Camillo’s “Theatre of Memory” transforms ‘scholars into spectators’, so argues Camillo in L’idea del Teatro. He imagined a theatre in its ‘original sense’ – as a place in which a spectacle unfolds. This aspect of Camillo’s idea inspired BIT and Danslab to create an interactive installation concerning memory and knowledge: Hypermap. Hypermap is an installation of the multiple that functions as an ‘external representation’ of a shared memory of knowledge – the one of that specific moment; a memory that can be perceived and which feeds off the input of the visitors who themselves become participants. Hypermap will be presented during the Performance Studies International Conference #17: Camillo 2.0 Technology, Memory, Experience in Utrecht. For more information please visit www.psi17.org.

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TIN Theaterscriptieprijs 2010

BIT is happy to announce that two of its members are nominated for the first TIN Theaterscriptieprijs (Theatre Thesis Price). Merel Heering wrote her thesis on reconstruction and re-enactement in contemporary dance practice. Diane Elshout’s thesis discusses the implicit and explicit ideas, assumptions and presuppositions of the body in contemporary choreographic research.

BIT is blij om mee te kunnen delen dat twee van haar leden zijn genomineerd voor de eerste TIN Theaterscriptieprijs. Merel Heering schreef over reconstructie en re-enactment in de hedendaagse dans. Diane Elshouts scriptie gaat in op de impliciete en expliciete ideeën, aannames en veronderstellingen van het lichaam in hedendaags choreografisch onderzoek.

Heering, Merel. ‘Terugblikken én vooruitkijken. Reconstructie en re-enactment in de (hedendaagse) dans.’

Elshout, Diane. ‘Researching Bodies, A research about the implicit and explicit ideas, assumptions and presuppositions of the body in contemporary choreographic research.’

Van de website van het Theater Instituut Nederland:Logo-TIN-voor-webdoeleinden_large

Studenten Theaterwetenschap maken kans op nieuwe scriptieprijs
14 maart 2011

Vier masterscripties zijn geselecteerd voor de eerste TIN Theaterscriptieprijs. De scripties, bekroond met eindcijfer 8 of hoger, gaan over theater en theatercultuur in Nederland en Vlaanderen. De auteurs onderzoeken de huidige theaterpraktijk en bieden nieuwe invalshoeken om hier naar te kijken.

Om hun scriptie voor een breder publiek toegankelijk te maken, krijgen de genomineerden een masterclass journalistiek schrijven aangeboden zodat ze hun scriptie in een aantrekkelijk essay kunnen vertalen.

Het beste essay wint de TIN Theaterscriptieprijs en een bedrag van vijfhonderd euro. Het TIN maakt de winnaar van de eerste TIN Theaterscriptieprijs bekend op 27 juni 2011 tijdens het ITs Festival. De prijs is tot stand gekomen in samenwerking met de faculteiten Theaterwetenschap van de universiteiten van Amsterdam, Utrecht en Groningen.
Genomineerden

Uit 18 inzendingen zijn 4 scripties genomineerd die in de ogen van de jury urgentie hebben en een groot lezerspubliek verdienen:

* Maya van de Heuvel – Arad, Universiteit Amsterdam, ‘Focalizing Bodies – Visual Narratology in the Post-Dramatic Theatre’.
“De scriptie gaat over dwarsverbanden tussen film, literatuur en theater. Een eyeopener – de lezer zal met geheel andere blik naar theatervoorstellingen kijken.”
* Merel Heering, Universiteit Utrecht. ‘Terugblikken én vooruitkijken. Reconstructie en re-enactment in de (hedendaagse) dans.’
“Deze scriptie gaat over deze veel voorkomende begrippen in het dansrepertoire. De auteur geeft woorden aan een grotendeels onbesproken onderwerp en laat de lezer ondertussen regelmatig ‘aha, zit dat zo’ uitroepen.”
* Diane Elshout, Universiteit Utrecht, ‘Researching Bodies, A research about the implicit and explicit ideas, assumptions and presuppositions of the body in contemporary choreographic research’.
“Een must voor de dansmaker én beschouwer: de auteur legt de (impliciete) visies op het lichaam bloot die dansmakers hanteren en doet dit in lezenswaardige analyses.”
* Lonneke van Heugten, Universiteit Amsterdam, ‘Theatre as a Vortex of Behaviour in Dutch Multicultural Society. A Discourse Analysis of Aïsha in the Public Sphere’.
“Kritisch én idealistisch zet de auteur de theatermaker midden in de samenleving. Verplichte leesvoer voor wie denkt dat hij de ‘ander’ kent.”

Parallels and Differences

Open discussion – 29 October – Frascati – Amsterdam
Frame: Parallels and Differences
organized by Frascati, Danslab and BIT

We assume that dancers and choreographers embody an incredible amount of valuable artistic knowledge. We do not assume to know what this knowledge is or should be. We assume this knowledge can be archived. We would like to find out the possibilities for archiving. That is why we invite you to navigate these unknown territories together with us.

Be welcome to join this upcoming Frame and openly discuss assumptions, ideas and questions in artistic research and communicating and archiving knowledge in contemporary dance. How can artistic knowledge be shared? What kind of knowledge do you think is shared in artistic research? What could be a suitable form to archive the knowledge gained from artistic research?

These questions ask for an open talk in the field. We need to map the field together and find out what we need to share our knowledge. This Frames subject arose from results of a research, in which BIT examined the needs of dance makers for Danslab, by interviewing a group of 11 freelance choreographers in the Dutch dance field. In the book “No Maps for these Territories” results of this research were presented.

BIT was first presented in a VDO Symposium in January 2010. During this symposium we shared, exchanged and discussed statements on dance dramaturgy. We want to contribute to the dance field by bringing theory and practice closer together. By organizing Parallels and Differences with Danslab and Frascati, BIT takes another step in this direction.

We hope to see you there!

29 October – Frascati 3 – 14.00-18.00 hrs – Entrance: 15 euro
Reservations: 020 – 751 6400 or info@theaterfrascati.nl

No Maps for these Territories

Danslab will present their publication No Maps for these Territories at the Nederlandse Dansdagen. One of the articles in the book is by BIT: “Parallels and Differences. Perspectives on artistic research and exchange”. It’s based on our research for Danslab. More information on our research can be found here: Research Danslab.

No Maps for these Territories

A book with three seasons of research and discourse: by means of various reports, moving testimonials, humorous anecdotes and analyses combined with inspiring visuals and photography.

The contributors are: BIT, Moos van den Broek, Angelina Deck, Diane Elshout, Jack Gallagher, Karine Guizzo, Daniel Hayward, Erik Kaiel, Michael A. Kroes, Kenzo Kusuda, Bruno Listopad, Giulia Mureddu, Dylan Newcomb/Ilse van Haastrecht, Henk Oosterling, Bart van Rosmalen, Jette Schneider, Eric Schrijver & various dancers

Book presentation (&special edition):
At the Nederlandse Dansdagen (Saturday, October 2nd /12 hrs / Theater aan het Vrijthof)
The first copy will be presented to Peggy Olislaegers; the new artistic director of the Nederlandse Dansdagen.

imagesSelling: International Theatre and Film Books Amsterdam
Order: Danslab website: www.danslab.nl
ISBN: 978-90-816045-1-2″

Processing Dance – Relations in the creative process

In het weekend van 25 en 26 september geeft Jochem Naafs een lezing en een workshop in Tanzfabrik Berlin tijdens het Perfect Wedding festival. Voor meer informatie bezoek de website van Tanzfabrik Berlin of neem contact met hem op.

The weekend of September 25th and 26th Jochem Naafs will give a lecture and teach a workshop on process dramaturgy at Tanzfabrik Berlin during the Perfect Wedding festival. For more information visit the website of Tanzfabrik Berlin: www.tanzfabrik-berlin.de or contact him.

“Processing Dance – Relations in the creative process” – Public Lecture & Workshop

25.9._Sa_13 h_Public Lecture_25. & 26.9._Sa/So_Workshop_in Englisch
What does affect you when you are making a performance? Is it the performer or the technician you’re working with, or are you also influenced by the technology itself, by the chair in the studio, by the sounds from outside? Every process has its dramaturgy, its time based story with interacting actors. During this workshop we will become aware of the human and non-human “actors“ that are working with or against us in a creative process. We will work on a small becoming-performance. By being aware of the relations between makers, objects and questions in various phases of the process we will be able to process, and then stimulate the practice of others. The workshop will start with a public lecture that is used as a theoretical framework for processing dance in process.

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Het lichaam binnenstebuiten en buitenstebinnen

In TM van november 2009 verscheen een interview met Diane Elshout als onderdeel van het item “…dit=de kwestie”: “Het lichaam binnenstebuiten en buitenstebinnen” . Het artikel is hier als pdf te downloaden of online te lezen.

In TM of November 2009 an interview with Diane Elshout was published: “Het lichaam binnenstebuiten en buitenstebinnen”. The article can be downloaded or read online here.

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Announcement: BIT research for Danslab

Danslab asked BIT dansdramaturgie to investigate the need for artistic research and exchange according to freelance choreographers in the Netherlands. For BIT this is an interesting question. As a platform for knowledge and exchange in the field of dramaturgy of dance and performance art, the process of creating and researching dance is in line with our interest. As a group with analytical and practical expertise, BIT tries to contribute to a refreshing view on the dynamics of the freelance scene from an independent position. It is from this position we have started the investigation.

At the moment of this writing, we are in the middle of gathering information and listening to the stories of choreographers about their experiences. The last few weeks BIT interviewed freelance choreographers about their view on artistic research, artistic discourse and peer-to-peer exchange. What are the opportunities for freelance choreographers to do artistic research? What is the importance of artistic research in their development? Under what conditions does this take place? If and how are they involved in creating their own conditions? By asking these questions BIT hopes to find out what the needs of choreographers entail. BIT tries to contribute to the discourse by analysis of information that will clarify the needs for independent choreographic research, how it takes place and what obstacles the choreographers face. It can also give an insight into the position that choreographic research has in the whole of development and innovation in dance.

In BIT’s vision, peer-to-peer exchange of knowledge and experience is of great importance. BIT is an initiative of a group of dance dramaturges to create a platform for research in perfomance studies and the practice of creating dance and performance. An initiative to exchange, to develop and to deepen the craft of dramaturgy. This exchange, innovation and deepening of creating dance, can also be found at Danslab. This need seems to be shared by the choreographers that were interviewed so far. From the preliminary results of our investigation, it became apparent that the aims of Danslab’s independent research possibilities are in line with the needs of freelance choreographers, but seem to be in tension with a product oriented market. One of the interviewed artist claimed: “According to funders your work is still useless unless you make a product, this has to change.”

After summer you can expect the results of this investigation. We will keep you posted via the Danslab newsletter (subsribe at info@danslab.nl) and BIT’s website www.bit-dansdramaturgie.nl

On behalf of Danslab – The artistic team & Jette Schneider, on behalf of BIT – Anne-Marije van den Bersselaar, Diane Elshout, Jochem Naafs, Lotte Wijers

Foto’s van de VDO studiedag Dansdramaturgie

Eindelijk staan de foto’s van de VDO studiedag Dansdramaturgie online. Klik op de link hieronder om ze te bekijken.
Finally the photo’s of the VDO symposium on Dance dramaturgy online. Follow the link to see them.

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BIT on facebook

BIT is now on facebook. We will use our facebook page as a discussion forum and invite you to visit it and join the discussion.

Become a fan, meet other professionals and discuss our theses on dance dramaturgy with choreographers, dramaturges and performers.

BIT is nu ook op facebook. We zullen onze facebook pagina gebruiken als discussieforum. Je bent van harte welkom om de pagina te bezoeken en je in de discussie te mengen. Word fan van BIT op facebook, ontmoet andere professionals en reageer op onze stellingen over dansdramaturgie met choreografen, dramaturgen en performers.

Relaties in het transdisciplinaire maakproces

Recently I published my master thesis Theatre Studies online. It is available in Dutch on Igitur, the publishing and archiving service of the Utrecht University. You can access it here: studenttheses.library.uu.nl. A revisited version in which I propose a way to use the analytical method as a dramaturg will be available soon via the Utrecht School of the Arts.

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Coming up

Tekst over fases maakproces en dansdramaturgie

Op het VDO Symposium kwam het verzoek uit het publiek om de fases in het maakproces van choreograaf Mor Shani en dramaturg Anne-Marije van den Bersselaar te verzamelen in een samenvatting of essay. Vanwege dit verzoek zal er op korte termijn een tekst over dit onderwerp op deze website te zien zijn, zodat er gelegenheid is om de volledige lijst te bestuderen die ze wilden uiteenzetten tijdens hun gesprek op het Symposium.

Text about phases of makingprocess and dance dramaturgy

On the VDO Symposium there was a request out of the audience to collect the phases in the working proces of choreographer Mor Shani and dramaturg Anne-Marije van den Bersselaar in a summary or essay. Because of this request there will be a text about this topic on the website soon, so you will be able to study the complete list in the conversation during the Symposium .

Diversiteit in dialoog

Diversiteit in dialoog
Een studiemiddag over dansdramaturgie
(verslag in opdracht van VDO en BIT)

Het was volgens voorzitter Liesbeth Wildschut alweer tien jaar geleden dat de Vereniging voor Dansonderzoek (VDO) haar jaarlijkse studiedag wijdde aan de dansdramaturgie. Zodoende werd het hoog tijd voor een update. De VDO koos ervoor een nieuwe generatie dansdramaturgen aan het woord te laten. Deze ‘BITters’ zorgden voor een dynamische middag.

In november 2009 organiseerde Danswerkplaats Amsterdam (DWA) al een uitgebreide studiedag rondom dansdramaturgie. Uit deze drukbezochte dag bleek dat dit thema de gemoederen in het dansveld momenteel flink bezighoudt. Ook werd duidelijk dat men na één dag nog lang niet was uitgepraat. In overleg met DWA werd daarom besloten dat de VDO een follow-up zou organiseren.
De Vereniging voor Dansonderzoek nodigde vervolgens de leden van BIT uit om zichzelf voor het eerst als collectief aan vakgenoten te presenteren. BIT is hèt Utrechtse platform voor startende dansdramaturgen. Deze groep, bestaande uit vijf vrouwen en één man, werd zo verantwoordelijk voor de invulling van de middag. Zij lieten op een frisse manier van zich horen.

(Download het volledige verslag Verslag_vdo_symposium.pdf of lees verder op de website.)

Diversity in dialogue
A study day about dance dramaturgy

According to Chairwoman Liesbeth Wildschut it was already ten years ago that the Vereniging voor Dansonderzoek (VDO) devoted her annual study day to dance dramaturgy. It was therefore time for an update. VDO chose to give the floor to a new generation of dance dramaturges. These ‘BITters’ arranged a dynamic afternoon.

Download the complete report here: Diversity in dialogue or continue reading in Dutch.

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Introduction BIT

We gave an introduction of BIT at the VDO symposium on dance dramaturgy:

Maybe you were already thinking about our name for a while, what does it mean, BIT, what does it stand for? We chose for the name BIT because this word has various connotations with what we think is related to dance dramaturgy and its different meanings reflect the diversity of perspectives in our group.

Bit can mean ‘bit by bit’; a little at a time. We are learning things about the process of making dance bit by bit, but we are also learning things about practicing dance dramaturgy bit by bit.
Bit could also have the meaning of having a role, ‘having a bit part’ or ‘being a bit player’. As a dramaturge, you have a certain rol in the process of making dance. We are examining what this role could be exactly, what it’s not, and if it is possible or convenient to broaden the borders of this role.
Another meaning of the word ‘bit’ is as in the common name of a binary digit, the smallest unit of information systems, which can take on only the number 0 or 1. This connotation refers to the analysis of the smallest unit of information of a dancepiece, where the dramaturge can give a helping hand. It could refer to the binary aspect of dramaturgy as well; like in-out (of the process), present-absent, involvement-keeping distance…
Or, as in the verb ‘bite’; as we start working with a choreographer we would be biting into the material to hold on to all the details, to grasp and to experience the process fully to be able to contribute as much as we can to this very process.
The last idea that comes into mind is that in Dutch the word ‘bit’ is the iron mouthpiece of a horse, where the reins are attached to. The reins are the lines, the directions, where the dance material can go. When regarding this image as the process of making dance, the ‘bit’ is the place where everybody involved in this process meets and shares knowledge. This way, all threads of the development of the process can be attuned.

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