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Workshop Martina Ruhsam - The Mesh

with Martina Ruhsam
September 12, 2016 - lecture
September 13 – 16, 2016 - workshop

The third workshop in Madalina Dan's curatorial programme, as associate artist of the National Dance Center Bucharest in 2016 (http://goo.gl/iz3gqx), is "The Mesh", conducted by Martina Ruhsam. The workshop will take place in English and is targeted for practitioners and the new generation of dancers and choreographers from the Romanian scene. The workshop will be proceded by a lecture held by Martina on Monday the 12th of September, to which the entrance will be free.

The workshop will take place daily between September 13 and September 16, at the Stere Popescu hall. 

You can sign up for it only through a CV, in English, to be sent to the e-mail address cursuri@cndb.ro. The contact person is Ana Papadima - +40740 276 865.

A maximum of 15 participants.

The entry fee is 100 lei.


„This workshop is about radical collaboration in an extended sense – including not only human beings but also non-human ones. It is dedicated to experimentation in regard to the creation and transformation of hybrid bodies and the deconstruction of stable subject/object-divide.
Beyond the anthropocentric fixation that was prevalent in dance/choreography, we experiment with a choreographic set-up that allows for the emergence of a meshwork of heterogenous performers – human and non-human, fictive and real.
How to choreograph a lively assembly of animate and inanimate performers? How to move nonhuman things while at the same time being moved by them? We will investigate various intimate, uncanny and dangerous entanglements between the organic and the inorganic.” (Martina Ruhsam)

Thoughts about the thing beyond signification, utilitarianism, the commodity and the prop/proxy

„Since the feminist theoretician Rosi Braidotti and the Mexican artist and philosopher Manuel De Landa have coined the term „New Materialism“ in the late 1990s, several theoreticians have developed concepts in which the strong emphasis on language and the social construction of our reality is countered with a focus on the materiality of human and nonhuman bodies and (even digital) processes. In dance-theory there is a long tradition of conceiving dance as a kind of nonverbal 'ecriture', a language or an inscription in the space. What are the implications of the renewed foregrounding of the materiality of phenomena that neo-materialists propose for the performing arts?
Contemporary choreographers have proposed ways of moving with things beyond the critique of their commodity-status. What is the thing if it is not commodity, a tool or passive matter? In this lecture I want to reflect about the critical potential of performances that involve non-human things. I will correlate them to the conceptual approach of Karen Barad, a feminist philosopher based in the US who studied physics and specialised in quantum field theory. Due to her concept of intra-action and diffractive critique she is one of the most innovative thinkers of the new materialists. Her resistance against representationalist approaches and her aim to deal with entanglements of matter and meaning as well as with the ever-unfinished drawing up of a border between subject and object – all inspired by Nils Bohr's interpretation of quantum physics – are highly inspirational for contemporary artistic processes based on embodied practices.” (Martina Ruhsam)


Martina Ruhsam is working as a choreographer, performer, writer and lecturer. She studied Movement Studies & Performance at the Anton-Bruckner-University in Linz (Austria) and Theatre, Film and Media Studies at the University of Vienna. From October 2008 to March 2009, she was vicarious head of the theory-centre in Tanzquartier Wien. In 2011, her book Kollaborative Praxis: Choreographie was published by Turia + Kant. Her artistic work and collaborations were presented at numerous venues and festivals in Europe (among others: Wiener Festwochen, Tanzquartier Wien, brut, Kino Šiška, Mladi Levi Festival, Museum of Applied Arts Vienna, Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, 5th Biennial of Dance-Education Cologne, Diskurs Festival) – predominantly in Austria, Germany and Slovenia. From 2007 until 2014, most of her performances were developed in collaboration with the Slovene visual artist and director Vlado Gotvan Repnik.
She is a member of the editorial board of Maska. Performing Arts Journal and is regularly contributing articles to the magazine. She published essays in several publications dedicated to the performing arts and has lectured internationally on contemporary choreography and performance and related socio-political and philosophical questions (among others: Middlesex University, HZT Berlin, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus München, Kunsthalle Dresden, Tanzquartier Wien, Galerie 5020 Salzburg, Art Center Vooruit). She was teaching in Maska's Seminar for Performing Arts in Ljubljana and at HZT (Inter-University-Center for Dance) in Berlin. Currently she is a research fellow at the institute for Applied Theatre Studies at the Justus-Liebig-University in Gießen (Germany), where she is also writing a PhD about the role of the non-human in contemporary choreographies.