VULNERABLE BODIES AND THE EMBODIMENT OF RESISTANCE
A Movement Research Studies Project Conceived by 2012 AIR Cristiane Bouger
Panelists: Tan Temel (Turkey), Dominika Laster (Poland/USA), Mariangela Lopez (Venezuela/USA), and Marcos Steuernagel (Brazil/USA)
Moderator: Cristiane Bouger (Brazil/USA)
Drawing from artistic practices that reveal or subvert the strenuous adversity of social control, this panel aims to address a myriad of perspectives on the embodiment of political resistance. Artists and scholars will address works and practices that were informed or influenced by the experience of undergoing the restrictions imposed by dictatorial regimes in the Middle East, South America and Eastern Europe. By approaching culturally diverse and unrelated geopolitical contexts, the event aims to give visibility to the bodies and interstices of experience that are not immediately seen by the foreign gaze.
ABOUT STUDIES PROJECT: A series of artist-instigated panel discussions, roundtables, performances and/or other formats that engage issues of aesthetics, philosophy and social politics relevant to the dance and performance community.
Dominika Laster is the Director of Undergraduate Studies and Lecturer in the Theater Studies Program at Yale University. She is the Book Review Co-Editor of The Drama Review (TDR). Her books A Bridge Made of Memory: Embodied Memory, Witnessing and Transmission in the Grotowski Work and Loose Screws: Nine New Plays from Poland (Editor) are forthcoming from Seagull Press, distributed globally by the University of Chicago Press. Her areas of research include: 20th century theatre, Eastern European theatre, intercultural performance, nonwestern theatre, postcolonial studies, immigration, memory and trauma studies, abjection, and the politics of performance.
Mariangela Lopez is a Brooklyn-based choreographer and performer, born in Caracas, Venezuela. Her pieces have been presented in Venezuela, Mexico, France, and the United States, including Boston and multiple venues in New York City, such as Danspace Project, P.S 122, Monkeytown, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Dance New Amsterdam, and Saint Ann’s Warehouse, among others. Mariangela was a 09-11 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence and a 11-13 Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX) Artist-in-Residence. Mariangela holds a BFA from the Boston Conservatory (1999) and is a Certified Movement Analyst (CMA) from the Laban Institute of Movement Studies. www.accidentalmovement.org
Marcos Steuernagel is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Performance Studies, Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Drama, and Program Coordinator for Digital Books at the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics at New York University. His work explores ways in which the centrality of the body in contemporary Brazilian theater and dance allows for a privileged understanding of the relationship between politics, philosophy, and performance. Marcos holds an MA in Performance Studies from NYU and a Certificate in Cinema and Video and a BA in Theater Directing from Faculdade de Artes do Paraná, in his native Brazil.
Tan Temel is an Istanbul-based artist. He holds an MA from Yildiz Technical University Art and Design Faculty and an MFA from Case Western Reserve University Theater and Dance Department. Temel was a guest dance artist at the Matthew Hawkins Dance Company in London (2003) and an artistic director of L’O.fficina Dance Company Florence, Italy (2011- 2014). He worked with CRR Dance Theater Company (2003–2005) and Istanbul Dance Theater Company (2005–2011) as dancer and assistant director. He was the recipient of the “International Choreographer Award” from International Dance Chicago Festival (2007) and was awarded a grant from the New York Merce Cunningham Dance School (2001). In 2011 Tan Temel founded his company TORK, which performs movement researches over risk-bearing dynamics that are unpredictable and intuitive. His works have been presented in Europe, China, Japan and in the USA. www.torkdance.com
Cristiane Bouger is a Brooklyn-based artist and writer. She explores the intersection of performance, theater, philosophy, poetry, do-it-yourself practices, and post-punk influences. Her work reveals existential examinations reflecting upon the female body, desire, cultural conducts, behavior and symbols, biography and fiction. Her articles, essays, and interviews have been published extensively in Brazil, the USA, England, and Portugal. She is a 2012 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence and a 2013 Performa Magazine Writer-in-Residence. www.cristianebouger.com