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Tactical Bodies: The Choreography of Non-Dancing Subjects (DAY 3)

A 3-day joint conference of the Congress On Research in Dance (CORD) Special Topics and Dance Under Construction (the University of California Dance Studies graduate student conference)

Sunday, April 21, 2013
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Glorya Kaufman Hall Dance Theater

Keynote speaker: Gabriele Brandstetter, Freie Universität Berlin

Closing comments: Susan Foster, UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance

Keynote Performance and Workshop: Tim Miller


Tactical Bodies will interrogate the possibilities and problematics of choreographic analysis. Choreographers, dance researchers and others have extended the concept of choreography to works that do not necessarily involve danced movement, challenging the assumption that choreography must relate to dance and vice versa. In scholarly and other projects, the value of choreography as an approach and a means of analysis has been demonstrated across cultural sites as well as in a variety of disciplinary domains. Yet interdisciplinary exchange is rare both because of the manner in which the academic disciplines are organized in the institution, and because of the marginal position that dance has historically held as an art form and area of study.

Tactical Bodies provides an opportunity to enrich the discourse surrounding “choreography” on the one hand, and on the other, to ask what the concept does in disciplines other than dance studies. We invite submissions from researchers in disciplines such as performance studies, curatorial studies, comparative literature, art history and criticism, ethnic studies, gender studies, LGBTQ studies, disability studies, post-colonial studies, urban planning, education, and history, as well as art practitioners, curators, social justice activists, and scholars studying human behavior in the health and other sciences. 


Dance Under Construction (DUC) is an interdisciplinary forum for presenting graduate student work theorizing dance, performance, and the body. It originated as an initiative of the graduate students of UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures and has been hosted by various UC campuses. DUC has grown to an annual student-run event for dance and performance scholars, as well as those in related disciplines. Designed for the development of intellectual inquiry in a supportive and rigorous environment, the conference offers students a chance to explore through experimental modes of research and performance. This interdisciplinary event provides a rare and important discursive space for the stimulation and presentation of cutting-edge research in topics related to the body as a site of cultural identification. Previous conferences have addressed artistic and intellectual exploration of themes such as the Politics of Choreography, Black Aesthetics, Technology and Dance, Globalization, Economies in Motion, Transnational Bodies, Gender and Sexuality, Dance and Popular culture and Postcolonialism and Performance.


To register or find more information about the conference, please visit The Congress on Research in Dance.



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