Bojana Cvejić Lecture: DANCE-WAR: When WAR was the Political Unconscious of DANCE

Bojana Cvejić
Lecture: DANCE-WAR: When WAR was the Political Unconscious of DANCE

7 pm,


Presented in conjunction with the exhibition The Words of Others: León Ferrari and Rhetoric in Times of War. 

The conjunction “dance-war” may evoke images of war-dances in folklore or war propaganda – with military training or combat moves that are thematically represented and aestheticized in dancing or dance-like bodies. In this lecture, artist and researcher Bojana Cvejić reverses this perspective by exploring indirect, evasive, or grammatical relations and isomorphisms between war and dance. 

Cvejić asks:

"At what moment, in the post war era, did war surface as the political unconscious of postmodern and contemporary dance for dancers and choreographers? This does not mean that dance or dancers were politically unconscious of war, but rather that dance articulated or demonstrated the impossibility to address war. What dance can do politically is limited,but it could reconfigure ideas through a form that conveys the contradiction between dance’s aesthetic expression and its immediate political context."

About Bojana Cvejić

Bojana Cvejić's work spans philosophy, theater and education. She is the author of several books on performance theory and philosophy (Choreographing Problems, Palgrave 2015, Public Sphere by Performance, with A. Vujanović, bbooks 2012 etc. Drumming & Rain: A Choreographer’s Score (co-authored with Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Mercatorfonds 2013.) She has collaborated as a dramaturg on a number of choreographies by X. Le Roy, Eszter Salamon, Mette Ingvartsen, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, C. De Smedt. As a co-founding member of TkH/Walking Theory editorial collective and performing arts theory magazine, Cvejić engages in theoretical-artistic research projects, most recently on an investigation of performances of the self and transindividuality. In 2013, Cvejić curated the exhibition Danse-Guerre at Musée de la danse, Rennes. In 2014, she devised a choreography and lecture program entitled Spatial Confessions for Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall. Cvejić is an Associate Professor of Dance and Dance Theory in KHIO Oslo and Professor of Philosophy of Art at FMK, Singidunum University in Belgrade. 

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