Signal, Noise and Being OUT: the proxy politics, and tracing the spaces for the dancer agency in choreographed works

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In conversation with dance artist Christopher Roman, this presentation wonders how is the dancer’s contribution staged in the work, as well as how the work commissioned by a dancer impacts upon power relations, authorship and ownership of the work. OUT, Roman’s recent collaboration with artist Ivo Dimchev (DanceOn Ensemble, Out of Now Festival Berlin, 2018), will serve as a case study. Drawing upon Hito Steyerl’s concept of ‘signal and noise’ (2017) this dialogic presentation looks at the broad and fine grain distinctions between the rhetorical and potent modes of the performer’s ‘agency’ (or its im/possibility) in performer-led dance commissions.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jul 2018
EventContra:Dance and Conflict, Dance Studies Association : DSA International Conference - University of Malta, Valetta , Malta
Duration: 5 Jul 20188 Jul 2018


ConferenceContra:Dance and Conflict, Dance Studies Association
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  • Dancer
  • Choreographer
  • Agency
  • Proxy Politics
  • Visual Noise

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