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Lecture by Katja Praznik: Dance and Ideologies of Body: Rainer, Bausch, Delak

Monday, march 10th at 7 p.m.

Cankarjev Dom, Hall M 3/4, Ljubljana


The lecture will focus on two cases of contemporary dance practices that emerged in 1960s and 1970s. Analyzing effects and images of dancing bodies in the work of American choreographer Yvonne Rainer and German choreographer Pina Bausch, the author will discuss the concept of performing ideology of dancing body and the strategies that are produced by the sensual manifestation of the dancing body. She will address the questions of how choreographers perform the body on stage and how can we read the ideologies of body when confronted with ways and meanings that are produced by dancing. In the lecture the focus will also be on the historical, social and cultural contexts of the time as they are crucially intertwined with the manifestations of artistic practices and the specificity of subjects experience in a certain period. Furthermore the lecture will also draw a parallel with the work of contemporary Slovene choreographer Maja Delak and her articulations of ideology of body seen through the historical effect of analyzed dance practices. 

This lecture is a part of the project What to Affirm? What to Perform?, a cooperation of Allianz Kulturstiftung, Centre for Drama Art Zagreb, Centrul Nacional al Dansului Bucuresti Bucharest, Maska Ljubljana and Tanzquartier Wien.