Contemporary Dance in a Transdisciplinary Context (E-Seminar/Workshop)

Netta Weiser
Contemporary Dance in a Transdisciplinary Context

E-Seminar/Workshop, English, 2 SWS, 2 ECTS
Video live sessions: Thursdays, weekly, 10-13 h, 7 dates: 7.5., 14.5., 28.5., 4.6., 11.6., 18.6., 25.6.2020

In today's artistic climate dance is gaining a new currency amongst artists from various fields, as it is being showcased in new spaces, producing a plethora of hybrid aesthetic formats and discourses. While this trend has led to important developments within the fields of dance and choreography, it also poses new challenges regarding our engagement with dance and performance-art works as they are presented in such shifting contexts– from both perspectives of the spectator and maker.
The aim of this seminar is to provide students with tools and vocabulary for the understanding of contemporary dance in transdisciplinary contexts. We will examine creative collaborations between choreographers, artists and composers, ranging from 20th century postmodernism to current approaches, while elaborating the historical and cultural background of key works. Aiming to provide a critical overview of the contemporary dance scene in Europe, the seminar will expose students to the major artistic debates of recent years surrounding the intersection of the body and identity politics, post-humanism, public space, queer theory and post-colonialism.
The seminar will combine theoretical discussions, performance analysis and creative practice.

Requirements for the ungraded Studium Generale credit: regular and active participation.

Ausrichtung der Veranstaltung: interkulturell, orientierend
Kompetenz/Aktivität der Teilnehmenden: aneignen, transformieren

Netta Weiser is a choreographer, performer and lecturer based in Berlin. In her artistic practice she explores collaborative research processes as choreographic artefacts and as affective setups for common thinking. Her works have been presented internationally in art galleries and performing arts venues such as Sophiensaele Berlin, Museum Kleines Klingental Basel and Suzan Delal Dance Center Tel Aviv. Weiser is the 2020 recipient of the NRW KULTURsekretariat Dance Research Award for her artistic research project “Radio-Choreography”. Since 2017 she has led workshops and seminars at the Klangzeitort joint institute for new music of the UdK Berlin and HfM Hanns Eisler Berlin, focusing on contemporary dance history and theory as well as mentoring interdisciplinary collaborations between choreographers and composers. In 2019 she was co-director of the “777 Projekt” collaboration between the MA program in Choreography of HZT Berlin and Klangzeitort. Weiser is also a member of the organizing team of “gesellschaften” discursive program at Vierte Welt Berlin. More information on