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ATW TALKS EDITION NO. 20


ATW TALKS
WED 7/3/2018
6:00 PM
A 118

ALICE CHAUCHAT, VALENTINA DESIDERI, AND GEORG DÖCKER
TALK ABOUT THE PRACTICE OF PRACTICE

Roughly since the mid-2000s, French choreographer Alice Chauchat and her Italian colleague Valentina Desideri, along with other practitioners such as Jennifer Lacey or Myriam Lefkowitz, have been engaging in the creation and sharing of performative practices. Being organised in the form of a loose, open network, they have been using the frameworks of workshops, residencies, and similar formats in order to develop a mode of performative exploration that is no longer centred around the idea of performance as in presenting an event to an audience. Instead, their practices aim at the facilitation of an aesthetic, ethical, or socio-political experience based on two or more participants unfolding mostly task-based actions in direct exchange with each other.

Although their approaches are situated at the margins of the contemporary performing arts, they have proven to be influential for a younger generation of graduating students who, these days, equally seem to question the very value and purpose of performance making. In a conversation with ATW member of staff Georg Döcker, Alice and Valentina will discuss the beginnings of their working with practices as well as their opinions on the further potential of practice-based work.

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Taking place in a monthly interval since the end of 2015, the ATW TALKS are an open format for discussion organised by the ATW, the Institut für Angewandte Theaterwissenschaft, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen, Germany. The aim of the ATW TALKS is to create a forum for debating contemporary dance, theatre, and performance, thereby contributing to the academic and artistic discourse in the city, in the Hessian performing arts scene and beyond. What is often considered an advantage of the ATW is equally true for the talks: hidden away from a general public with its necessity for self-representation, the context in Gießen offers a unique possibility for intense, extensive, and critical exchange. Each edition of the ATW TALKS is moderated by members of staff working at the institute. Invitations are extended to artists and academics from the performing arts and affiliated disciplines. The talks are generally conducted in English, on certain occasions though, they might be held in German or French.

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ATW TALKS, EDITION NO. 20, Wednesday, 7/3/2018, 6:00 PM
Institut fuer Angewandte Theaterwissenschaft, Room A 118
Karl-Gloeckner-Strasse 21, Phil. II, Haus A, D-35394 Giessen
Concept and organisation: Georg Doecker
Moderation: ATW members of staff
More about the ATW TALKS on WWW.ATW-GIESSEN.DE