THE BODY. NEXT, Dance Massive’s free conversation series, proposes discourse around the idea of the dancing body as a physical, spiritual, social and political site of affect (to influence) and effect (to be influenced).
Over the course of the Festival, THE BODY. NEXT will present five conversations that explore a diverse range of topics exploring everything from criticality to curation, re-imagining responsibility and the current state of funding. Facilitated by a group of Australia’s leading dance practitioners, critics, artistic directors, explore each conversation below.
Facilitator: Becky Hilton
Panel: Nicola Gunn, David McMicken AM and Ashley Dyer
Date: Thursday 16 March, 1pm – 2.30pm
From conceptual dance to collaborative dance, from practice as authorship to authorship as “selfie-facism”, the processes of making dance seem to unearth ever new potentialities, materialities and technologies of the body. What becomes dance and what has dance become?
Facilitator: Jana Percovic
Panel: Phillip Adams, Antonia Pont, Amy Spiers and Angharad Wynne-Jones
Date: Friday 17 March, 1pm – 2.30pm
Where does performance sit in relation to expressions of compliance and resistance? What are the new alternative modes of making and experiencing dance?
Facilitator: Angela Conquet
Panel: David Pledger and Ben Eltham
Date: Monday 20 March, 1pm – 2.30pm
How do current funding contexts affect, proscribe, and determine modes of dance production and ways of thinking with and through dance? What is the status of the dance artist today, both within and without the institution?
Facilitator: Jerry Remkes
Panel: A selection of international delegates as guests
Date: Tuesday 21 March, 1pm – 2.30pm
From dance in museums to museums of dance, dance now is seemingly presented everywhere by everyone for everybody. Yet, to curate dance is to manage a complex alchemy of site, event, encounter, frame, contextualisation and documentation. How is the role of dance curator evolving and how is this shift affecting dance making and thinking?
Facilitator: Andrew Furhmann
Panel: Alison Croggon and Claudia La Rocco
Date: Wednesday 22 March, 1pm – 2.30pm
Criticism links art to its public, places it in a broader cultural context, and positions it in relation to history. What is the state of criticism in dance today? What role can critical discourse play in relation both to art and to contemporary society? From critical thinkers to reviewers to opinioneers – who makes whom an expert?
Presented by: Dancehouse