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Tanz Kongress 2022 | Mainz | Sharing potentials

The Dancer and the Artwork - A Multilayered Relationship

With: Adrian Bartczak, Ty Boomershine, Orla McCarthy
Austausch - Exchange Dancers as Experts
Sat 18.6. | 11:30 to 13:00 | Glashaus – Staatstheater Mainz


Glashaus – Staatstheater Mainz
Gutenbergplatz 7
55116 Mainz
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The dancer's contribution to the artwork can cause a sense of ownership, responsibility and care for the choreography. Dancers maintain the visions of choreographers and enhance their own artistry by continuously bringing artworks to life. The longevity of the dancer´s relationship to a specific artwork in particular and to choreography in general can be explored in various ways, e.g. in relation to artistry and physicality. How do these relationships change over time and how do they manifest themselves repeatedly? An artwork, a choreography, only exists momentarily through the dancers' performance. How do dancers meet and realise the artwork in different daily states of being? What questions around authorship arise, when looking at the involvement of the dancer in the creation and performance of an artwork? 

This session will explore these themes and engage with the complexity of this relationship. It will include a trialogue between three invited speakers reflecting on their experiences with selected works of art they have been a part of in their careers. The participants are invited to exchange with the invited speakers and with each other about impulses from the trialogue, and to reflect upon and verbalise their own relationships to works of art.

Speakers: Ty Boomershine, Orla McCarthy, Adrian Bartczak