Synchronization of Bodies’ Individual Temporalities and Choreographic Aesthetics
The project investigates relations between time, rhythm and body in somatic practices and in contemporary dance. We will analyze how the temporal formation of a dancer’s body through practicing, rehearsing and performing influences, and is in turn influenced by, representations of time in choreography. Our hypothesis is that both the processes that give form to dancers’ bodies and choreographic forms are based on synchronization — by which we understand a mutual, temporary, loose attunement between rhythmically structured individual temporalities. How are dynamics of synchronization, dancing techniques, and aesthetic concepts of form in dance interconnected?
One focus of our investigations will be on the micro-synchronization of corporeal subsystems in the so-called Somatics, e.g. Feldenkrais, Body Mind Centering, Alexander and Klein Technique, Ideokinesis, etc. What impact do these techniques have on artistic practice? And to what extent have Somatics been shaped by artistic ideas and ideals, or by their historical, cultural and social conditions, since their inception in the 1970s?
A second focus will address the nexus between micro- and macro-synchronization, assessing collective dynamics that arise from dancing bodies affecting and being affected by each other. In what ways have artistic and political concepts of collectivity been informed by our technical abilities to synchronize (or deliberately de-synchronize) our movements? And to what degree have dancing and performing techniques been conditioned by notions and values of time, which privilege certain forms of synchronicity and polychronicity while rejecting or depreciating others?