Justus-Liebig-Universität GießenInstitut für Angewandte Theaterwissenschaft

Ringvorlesung Ryhthm is a Dancer

Dates: 14, 21, 28 April, 19 May, 2 June, 23 June at 19.00
Hfdmk Frankfurt

HTA Ringvorlesung 2016:
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

14, 20, 28 April, 19 May, 2nd and 23rd of June, 6 pm at Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Waldschmidtstrasse 4, Frankfurt

14.4.2016 Bojana Cvejić, Dramaturg and Philosopher
20.4.2016 Christian Grüny, Philosopher and Musicologist
28.04.2016 Jonas Rutgeerts, Dramaturg
19.05.2016 Jonathan Burrows, Choreographer
02.06.2016 Alma Söderberg, Choreographer
23.06.2016 Katja Rothe, Cultural Scientist and Historian

In the Ringvorlesung series we would like to reflect and approach to rhythm as a broader aesthetic and social phenomenon. With the help of our guest lecturers we would like to reflect on the role of the rhythm in choreography, shifting from the relation between body and music to rhythmical expressions related to attention, atmospheres and modes of perception, movement of objects and things. How to think the movement in the relation to rhythm, especially when we think about polyphonic acceleration of movement today? How is rhythm related to freedom and discipline? How does rhythm relates to the experimentation with temporality, not only temporality of performance but temporality of life in general?

14.4.2016 Bojana Cvejić, Dramaturg and Philosopher


Bojana Cvejić (Belgrade) is a performance theorist and performance maker based in Brussels. She is a co-founding member of TkH editorial collective (http://www.tkh-generator.net) with whom she has realized many projects and publications. Cvejić received her PhD in philosophy from the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, London and MA and BA degrees in musicology and aesthetics from the Faculty of Music, University of the Arts, Belgrade.
Cvejić teaches at various dance and performance programs in Europe and has been recently appointed as Professor of Philosophy of Art for the doctoral studies at Faculty for Media and Communication, University Singidunum in Belgrade. Her current research focuses on social choreography, technologies and performances of the self, and time and rhythm in performance poetics and Post-Fordist modes of production.


20.4.2016 Christian Grüny, Philosopher and Musicologist

Rhythm as articulation

While the notion of rhythm is employed in numerous contexts to denote some sort of temporal organization, it can hardly be considered a developed theoretical concept. The task seems to be to develop such a concept that is flexible enough to accommodate a plurality of media, contexts and rhythmical organizations without becoming too vague. Tying rhythm to gesture and articulation, I will sketch what such a concept could look like.

Christian Grüny studied philosophy and linguistics in Bochum, Prague and Berlin, got his PhD in Bochum and his postdoctoral qualification (Habilitation) at Witten/Herdecke. His background in the philosophy of Theodor W. Adorno an in phenomenology led him into two directions: on the one hand towards a phenomenology of pain and the problems of violence and torture, on the other hand towards aesthetics which remains his main field of research until today.
The long collaboration with the composer Elmar Lampson at the University Witten/Herdecke led him to seriously pursue the philosophy of music without losing track of connections and boundaries to other artistic disciplines. Cooperations with the performing arts center PACT Zollverein in Essen, the NFS iconic criticism eikones in Basel, the Hartware Medien Kunst Verein in Dortmund and the Art academy in Düsseldorf provided important influences.

28.04.2016 Jonas Rutgeerts, Dramaturg

Still dance: unbecoming rhythms in the work of Ivana Müller and Mette Edvarsten

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).

19.05.2016 Jonathan Burrows, Choreographer

On Rhythm and Choreography

„Choreography is about manipulating events in time and space. It's one of the greatest qualities of dance as an art form that it's so willing to explore what this might mean, both in terms of dancing, but also in a wider sense. It keeps the form very experimental in a marvelous way.“, states choreographer Jonathan Burrows in one of his interviews. In his lecture he will speak about the relationship between rhythm and choreography, especially in the connection to his work with Matteo Fargion. With him they created a series of structured and rhythmical performances, which opened new understanding what a score can be in contemporary choreography.

Jonathan Burrows danced with the Royal Ballet for 13 years before leaving to pursue his own choreography. His main focus now is an ongoing series of duets with the composer Matteo Fargion, which have gained an international reputation and continue to tour widely. ‘A Choreographer's Handbook’ has sold over 8,000 copies since its publication in 2010 and is available from Routledge Publishing. Burrows is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Dance Research, Coventry University.

02.06.2016 Alma Söderberg, Choreographer

Many things-things and nothing-things.

In this lecture I will make a trajectory through the chronology of 4 of my works: Cosas, Travail, Idioter and Nadita. I will both talk about the works and do excerpts from them. I will frame the presentation talking about how I've used the word thing in different ways in my work. I will try to show and tell how many thing-things, two thing-things and nothings-things have come into play using rhythm, voice and movement.

Alma Söderberg makes choreographies that include music, sound, rhythm and singing in relation to movement and dance. She grew up in Sweden, spent a few years dancing flamenco in Spain and graduated from SNDO in 2011. Her work has won the prizes Its choreography award (Amsterdam), ACT festival prize (Bilbao) and 100 grad Berlin audience prize and has been shown in among others: Impulstanz (Wienna), Springdance EIM (Utrecht), Tanz in Bern, MDT (Stockholm) and Something Raw (Amsterdam).


23.06.2016 Katja Rothe, Cultural Scientist and Historian

Rhythm in the early Body Culture

This lecture will outline the significance of the notion of rhythm as a mode of perception in the early 20th century. Especially the intertwining of gymnastics, dance and "Lebensreform" ("life reform") will be examined.

Katja Rothe studied German Literature, Cultural Studies, History and Psychology. Since 2011 Juniorprofessor (assistant professor) for Performing Arts at Berlin University of the Arts’. Fields of research: History of Performing Arts, History of science (Psychology, Pedagogy, Ergonomics, Economic, Management Theory), History of Media (Radio, TV), Gender Studies. At the moment she is working on a research project on the history of the relation between performing arts and behavior research in the 20th century entitled “Soul-Staging.”