In the frame of Sommer Tanz 2016
Our bodies carry both conscious and deeply embodied notions of gender. How do these ideas and behaviors influence the choices we make in our dancing? Where do they expand and where do they limit our possibilities? Even in a dance form as inherently un-gendered as contact improvisation, how do notions of masculinity, femininity, trans-identity, etc. shape the decisions we make (and the decisions we see available to us)?
In this interactive lecture, we will examine how gender influences the ways in which we organize and use our bodies and the roles we take on and off the dance floor. Our discussion will focus primarily on gender identity, rather than on related issues of sexuality, heteronormativity, etc.
Kristin Horrigan has been a contact improviser since 1998, and she has taught and performed CI around the world in places including the USA, Germany, Denmark, Japan, Australia and Argentina. Kristin holds an MFA in choreography from Ohio State University and is a Professor of Dance and Gender Studies at Marlboro College in Vermont, USA. She also spent ten years directing Dance Generators, an intergenerational dance company, and has choreographed several intergenerational community-based performances in Germany with her collaborator Christa Cocciole. Kristin’s current research focuses on the intersection of gender and dance, particularly in improvisation and contact improvisation.
Diana Thielen (Assistent) has studied contemporary dance at SEAD in Austria and is a certified Axis Syllabus teacher. She teaches dance, CI and yoga in daily classes, Workshops, Festivals and Intensives around Europe. Diana is a student of education and gender studies and is particularly excited about the political aspect of her academic work. Diana has worked with Kristin already 2015 at the CmC Festival in Göttingen. www.movementactivism.com.