Introduction: Let’s Talk about Dance

‘Let’s talk about dance’ is a conversation based research on dance, conducted by Bram Vreeswijk. It explores the physical experience of dance in meetings between people. Meetings between the researcher and dancers, choreographers, the audience and experts. I consider anybody who has knowledge in a specific field of physical experience an expert. This can be a psychologist, or an autistic person, a prisoner or a mother raising children. Everybody is an expert in his or her own way.
Point of departure for the work is the fact that during a dance-performance every-body involved has physical experiences, dancers on stage as well as those that watch and sense dancing. These experiences are relevant in the process of creating and receiving dance.
Another important principle for this research is that dance – since dance deals with physical experiences – is connected to all other areas of life. In both dancing, as well as watching dance, the whole human being is involved, including ones history that is stored in ones body and mind.

Rob talking about ‘Rocco’, a choreography by Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten.

Meetings / Conversations
Talking about physical experiences is not easy. Physical experiences are partly unconscious and difficult to put in words. It seems that our language is much more suited for talking about goals, plans and objects outside our bodies, than about our own experiences, sensations and feelings. Therefore in this research special attention is paid to the conditions of meetings and conversations. How can we create the conditions for articulating and sharing physical experiences? How to find the relevant words. Words that might be vague, poetic or metaphoric? How to build conditions of trust necessary to share information that is often intimate? How to create conversations in which the different ‘truths’ of different people are respected? How to deal with the physicality of talking (gestures, pace, posture etc.)?
Some of these meetings will be in a theatres, open to a public. Other meetings will be only for invited people, in dance-studios, living-rooms etc.

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Documentation
The first layer of the work will be the physical meetings between people. A second layer the documentation of all these meetings online, in the first place by audio-visual means. How to document the physicality of conversations on dance, in relation to the physicality of dance itself? How to edit conversations in which there is a place for doubt and vague language? How to create on-line structures that make this information accessible? Could the ‘human quality’ of such video-material contribute to making dance graspable for a broad public?
You can find the results of the work I have done so far on this website.

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(In)visibility in Dance – Maria Mavridou and students of ArtEZ

The Delicacy of the Loving Act – Mor Shani

Motivations for Movement – Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten

essay: Trauma and Trauma Healing. Movement, Dance and Performance

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