Fri 11.05.2018    18:00    map

Performative Contours. Presence and Representation in Performing Arts

PhD. Adriana Nausica Păiș // Bucharest University

Prof. Nicole Haitzinger // Salzburg University


Friday, May 11, 18h00

#The Resource Cube / Mediateca CNDB - Bld. Mărășești 80 – 82

Free entrance

Prof. Haitzinger from the Art History, Musicology and Dance Studies Department from Salzburg University will conduct a lecture at CNDB at the invitation of PhD. Adriana Nausica Păiș, "Space, Image, Text, Territory" doctoral school within Bucharest University. The subject offers new perspectives on the media possibilities and the delicate and fluctuating borders between materiality and immateriality, illustrated by the original title of the project initiated in 2016 by Jonathan Burrows.

The title guiding my perspectivation is to be understood on a concrete and an abstract level. As the accentuated translation of „Ghost Drawings” (Burrows 2016), established (and subsequently discarded) as Jonathan Burrows’ first draft title in the context of the exhibition project to be discussed, Performative Contours renders possible a multi-faceted approach to complex and mostly hidden media migrations in the contemporary performing arts. Understood as a vibrating membrane incessantly in motion, the performative contour is to be illuminated as a surface mediating between immateriality and materiality. It is in the dispositif shift from the theatre to the museum, in an emerging zone, that such a line of energy comes to develop: through multi-layered gravitations, rotations, vortices, changes of direction, twists, expansions, implosions and streams of desire. In this sense, it is not the individual transmission between the media that is specified; no register of isolated transfers is being produced. Rather, the performative contour as a perspective requires a specification of the multi-layered migrations of bodies and forms in artistic practice. ”


Prof. Nicole Haitzinger teaches at the Art History, Musicology and Dance Studies Department from Salzburg University. As a dramaturge and curator, shes is involved in international projects. Between 2003 and 2006, she was part of the research group DFG-funded, with the subject The Staging of Otherness in the "Long" Ninetheenth Century. She is invited to teach at universities from Moscow, Nice, Shanghai, Beijing, London, Bern, Belgrade and Skopje. She published her work in DenkFiguren. Performatives zwischen Bewegen, Schreiben und Erfinden (ed. with Karin Fenböck, 2010). Versehen. Tanz in allen Medien (ed. with Helmut Ploebst, 2011). Co-editor of the Tanz und Archiv magazine. Recent books: Resonanzen des Tragischen. Zwischen Ereignis und Affekt (Turia + Kant, 2015), Chor-Figuren. Transdisziplinäre



"What is stage presence?"
A concept that constantly evades theoretic statements. It is a quality that is immediately acknowledged by the spectator but which, when undergoing a theorization process, seems undescribable with words or, on the contrary, requiring too many of them. It is the state of being present, rounded off by the awareness of it. It is also a certain level of intensity of presence. It is not reducible to the physical presence of the body. It is not only a presence in time and space. It seems that precisely through the definition by denial of this concept that openings and possibilities for exploring the concept of stage presence emerge. What is the relationship between dancer and spectator?


Adriana Nausica Păiș graduated from the Political and Administrative Sciences Faculty within Bucharest University and the Letters Faculty within Spiru Haret University and is currently a third year PhD at the doctoral school "Space, Image, Text, Territory" within Bucharest University. Her PhD thesis is supervised by Prof. Sorin Alexandrescu, Bucharest University, and Prof. Nicole Haitzinger, Salzburg University. Recipient of an Erasmus scholarship at Sapienza University, Rome, between 2017-2018, she took part in the ImpulsTanz festival in Vienna, between July and August 2017, with a mobility scholarship from Bucharest University. She has conducted lectures within the "Challenging Corporealities" colloquium organised by the University of Barcelona in November 2017 and the "Doctoral Candidates in Art History of Eastern Europe" colloquium organised by the Humboldt University in Berlin in May 2018.




Jonathan Burrows, Der moderne Tanz (2016), Video, Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Copyright Foto: Rainer Iglar