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HTA Ringvorlesung

Still dance: unbecoming rhythms in the work of Ivana Müller and Mette Edvarsten - Jonas Rutgeerts, Dramaturg

Rhythm is a Dancer? On Rhythm, Movement and Choreography

Organised by: MA Choreography and Performance, ATW, Justus-Liebig Universität Gießen in collaboration with Künstlerhaus Mousonturm

The choreographic oeuvre of Ivana Müller and Mette Edvarsten is characterised by a constant attempt to rethink the relation between dance and movement. In their work both choreographers disrupt the traditional bind between dance and constant flow and search for a choreographic movement that dissolves the absoluteness of the ‘here-and-now’ by always including what is ‘not-here’ and ‘not-now’. This results in a performative temporality that disrupts the neat alignment of past, present and future. The past no longer appears as something that has passed, but rather as something that always syncopates and double-crosses the present. As a dimension of potentiality, on the other hand, the future appears as part and parcel of the present.

By introducing the notion of rhythm, this lecture will explore the expansion of time and space in work of Müller and Edvarsten. Resisting both the understanding of time as duration and the modernist idea of the absoluteness of the transient now, the understanding of these performative temporalities via the notion of rhythm will enable a more complex – polyrhythmic – relationship between an unstable present, an open-ended past and a potential future.

Dramaturge and performance theorist Jonas Rutgeerts is working as FWO-fellow at the Institute of Philosophy (KU Leuven) making a PHD on the concept of rhythm as an artistic and theoretical tool in contemporary choreography. As a dramaturge he collaborates amongst others with Ivana Müller, David-Weber Krebs, Clément Layes, Needcompany and Sanja Mitrovic. He is the author of “Re-act: Re-enactment in contemporary dance’ (2015).


28.04.2016, 18.00 Uhr, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Waldschmidtstrasse 4, Frankfurt