Justus-Liebig-Universität GießenInstitut für Angewandte Theaterwissenschaft
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The Dancing Solo


In the seminar we will reflect how contemporary cultural and economic conditions are influencing the production of the dance solo work and how they are also grounding a very specific notion of the authorship and understanding of choreography. As an artistic format, solo in dance has a long and important history, which was often related to the specific mastery of the ´one´. But solo is also a tricky format, which does not need to be primarily related to the originality, but to the series of falsifications, repetitions and undoings with which it can shatter the notion of the authorship itself. Nevertheless, the allure of the ´one´still stays, but it is today somehow differently framed and exposed. It is related to the exhibition of an artistic persona; to the specific capacities of such persona which is showing solo projects on the nomadic, residency driven and flexible artistic contexts. We will examine the history of solo in dance and at the same time explore some interesting political and aesthetic links between one and many which are traversing the notions of loneliness, isolation, room, studio work, singularity, etc. We will also get an insight how solo works in dance stands in the center of the contemporary project culture.