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Slowing and stilling: foregrounding process in performance

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Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in partnership with Birmingham International Dance Festival

Slowing and stilling: foregrounding process in performance practices.

June 11th-12th 2018, Birmingham City University


We will come together to consider the ways in which we may honor practice and process in a time short product obsessed culture. From delicate acts, to ferocious interventions.

Drawing on Slow Movement philosophies, we will think, talk, write, dance, rest and eat together. Perhaps we can imagine a future world where we are all living in a slower environment with reflective, collaborative and compassionate living, and an alternative pace in city spaces.

We invite sharing of practices, processes, and ponderings. Papers are a possibility but we particularly welcome alternatively modes of sharing practice: the practice itself, conversations, provocations, lecture demonstrations and performances. Submissions may explore, but are not limited to:

  • Responses to how slow thinking as a practice might allow an experience of the body, space and time differently within a practice as research context
  • Critiques of post post modern dance as we move into a new era that we do not yet name
  • Examinations of solitary versus collective practice
  • Inquiries into somatic practices and dance techniques as appropriations for performance studies
  • The challenges/beauty of long term practice

A process of thinking, doing, documenting and reflecting is enabled through a somatically informed choreographic and spatial lens whereby processes of ‘doing less’ form an act of resistance to accustomed ‘productive’ practices. This may offer cues towards methodologies that tune the relationship of the inner body, the surfaces and spaces outside the body, and for becoming more attentive, through a slower ontology, ‘doing less’, tuning into listening, moving, writing and resting. Intra - activity rather than inter - action is a theme in this way of unpacking time and space.

There is no fee to attend the conference, but we ask that everyone submit a short statement of interest in participating, and an offering of a contribution.

Your contribution may be a presentation, or it may be your presence and attention.

Building on a 2017 symposium convened by Katye Coe and Becca Wood, we request that all who attend agree to disseminate something of the experience to their own community in some way, and respond back by autumn 2018. This, along with activities from the two days, will have the opportunity to contribute to a publication.

Polly Hudson

Katye Coe

Paul Russ

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