BODY SPACES: Corporeal Topographies in Literature, Theatre, Dance, and the Visual Arts
International & Interdisciplinary Workshop
Liu Institute for Global Studies, UBC
March 14 - 16, 2008
Workshop Registration and Programme Info:
Keynote, Friday, March 14, 2:00 pm
Prof. Dr. Gabriele Brandstetter
(Institute of Theatre Studies, Free University Berlin, Germany)
"Political Body Spaces in Performances of William Forsythe"
Gabriele Brandstetter is Professor of Theater Studies at the Free University of Berlin with a research focus on performance theories, dance, and cultural studies theories. She has held visiting professorships as distinguished scholar in Princeton, New York, Santa Cruz, Lisbon, Tokyo, Sao Paulo, and Melbourne.
In a highly innovative and experimental approach, UBC, SFU and external scholars from Canada, USA, Germany and Japan, as well as UBC and SFU graduate students and performers, will come together for discussions and performances with the aim of exploring and possibly bridging the multiple gaps that exist between discipline-centered theories of the body and the various practises of diverse cultural body images in literature, theatre, dance, and the visual arts. The interdisciplinary workshop will examine emerging theories of choreography, performativity, theatrality, and corporeality within an open-disciplinary, transcultural frame (e.g., corporeal topographies, dance as anthropology, social choreographies, urban and gendered spaces, body modifications in technological, textual, and performative spaces).
International Guest speakers & Performers:
Cathy Burnett (Theatre UBC)
Henry Daniel (Contemporary Arts, SFU)
Eiichiro Hirata (Keio U. Japan)
Yasuko Ikeuchi (Ritsumeikan U. Japan)
Colleen Lanki (Theatre, UBC)
Bob Pritchard (Music, UBC)
Rainer Rumold (Northwestern U., IL)
Carol Fisher Sorgenfrei (UCLA)
Sabine Wilke (U. of Washington)
Live Performances, Saturday, March 15, 6:00 pm
Dorothy Somerset Studio Theatre, UBC
Two innovative and compelling performances by choreographer/dancer Henry Daniel and composer Bob Pritchard explore the human body’s relation to technology.
*Touched* by SFU professors Henry Daniel, Ted Kirkpatrick and Richard Vaughan (Computing Science) is a work about encounters … between people, places, and things, both familiar and unfamiliar, and the almost incessant need to comprehend the effects that these meetings have on us. It features human beings and semiautonomous robotic systems as “performers” in a constructed environment.
*Strength* by UBC professor Bob Pritchard is a multi-media performance piece for alto saxophone (Julia Nolan), sound files, and interactive video/audio processing, “a convergence of the metallic and the human, the durable and the impermanent, combined in the audio and visual domains.”
Keynote and Live Performances are free and open to the public.
Due to seating limitations tickets must be requested in advance at http://project.arts.ubc.ca/bodyspaces/
Head Organizer: Dr. Markus Hallensleben
Dept. of CENES. Faculty of Arts, University of British Columbia
Office: Buchanan Tower 206
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