Justus-Liebig-Universität GießenInstitut für Angewandte Theaterwissenschaft

Lines and Choreography

CUP 1, 2, 5, 9
BA ATW 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12
MA ATW 1, 3, 4, 5

What do walking, weaving, observing, storytelling, singing, drawing and writing have in common? The answer is that they all proceed along lines, writes anthropologist Tim Ingold in his book Lines. His two books (Lines and On the life of Lines) are an extraordinary exploration of the ways how lines allow us to bring the social back to life and how it is possible to study life not through its components but through its movements. This extraordinary interest of anthropologist for lines and his interdisciplinary approach is especially intriguing for choreographers and dancers, since their exploration of movement is very close to his study of the lines as phenomena in themselves. It opens an insight into world of making and thinking about the relations in a different way. In this seminar we will think about the lines and movement, reading about labyrinths, walking, weather, atmosphere, but also about writing, drawing, circle, chorus line, choreographic notations, ruptures and cuts. We will get to know the work of performance and visual artists dedicated to lines, studying the similarity between textile practices and choreography, dealing with the role of the lines in notation and choreography. We will study the differences between concepts of assemblage, correspondence, thinking about the relationship between lines and form. But especially we will try to create different lines between materials, thoughts, texts and bodies, and experiment with the lines of a seminar.

The seminar is combined with movement class of Zrinka Uzbinec, and it takes place every Monday at MA CODE studio in HfmdK in Frankfurt, from 17.00 – 21.00. Participation in both seminars is obligatory.