FRAMEMAKERS � CHOREOGRAPHY AS AN AESTHETICS OF CHANGE

This is a very interesting conference run by a dance company in Limerick, Ireland which was formerlly headed up by Yoshiko CHuma. They also run a bulletin board / chat site about choreography which is pretty interesting – http://www.choreograph.net.

It’s an event looking at a very broad concept of choreography as a mechanism / medium for effecting change. Part of it is happening in May in Limerick, and part during the excellent Dublin Fringe Festival in the autumn.

13 MAY 2005–12 JUNE 2005, LIMERICK | SEPTEMBER 2005, DUBLIN
A symposium that explores a world understood in terms of relations, order and ecologies.

TOWARDS A CHOREOGRAPHY OF CHANGE
Choreography, traditionally understood as the arrangement of movement in time and space, is the creative act of setting humans, actions and thoughts in relation to one another, to create order, channel energies, explore dynamics and create the conditions for something to happen. Framemakers examines this creative act of ordering and explores its application in/to a world in constant movement.

Framemakers poses the question of how to actively choreograph change in this world, how to apply oneself to existing structures: to alter, rebuild and manipulate them; or to create new alternatives. This symposium aims to embody and foster a new understanding of choreography and endeavours to develop a sensibility of an ever-changing and deeply interconnected world.

Framemakers is in search of patterns; patterns as Gregory Bateson reminds us … that connect the crab to the lobster and the orchid to the primrose, and all of them to me and me to you. It aims to imagine and formulate a vividly presented awareness of some profound and ambiguous structures and dynamics working in man and nature.

Framemakers aims to re-politicise the creative process, asking everyone – choreographer, artist or neither, to be an active part of the whole in the spirit of Joseph Beuys, for whom all thought is art and the whole fabric of society a form of social sculpture. Framemakers illuminates and reflects on the choreographer in each of us, how we can move things, how we can imaginatively order and re-order aspects of our personal, social, cultural and political lives.

There are two major strands to Framemakers. A month-long public think tank in Limerick and a week dedicated to social choreography in Dublin later in the year. The programme is supplemented by interviews with prominent figures in the fields of politics, culture, economics and social theory as well as the commissions of artistic work that actively interferes with existing structures in human relationships.

PUBLIC THINK TANK – CHOREOGRAPHY AS A METAPHOR FOR CHANGE
13 MAY 2005–12 JUNE 2005, LIMERICK

A participatory installation set in Daghdha’s main space outlining Framemakers’ concerns and providing a rich aspirational and inspirational background for the general public to embark on an investigation into the principles underlying modern choreographic practice and its applicability to the social sphere. Combining videoed interviews, lectures, notes, books and an interview/video booth in a welcoming social setting, and a series of keynote addresses from prominent figures in choreography, sociology and aesthetics. There will be residencies by organisations such as the Irish Peace Society and the Ralahine Centre for Utopian Studies.

ON SOCIAL CHOREOGRAPHY
DATES TBC, PROJECT ARTS CENTRE, DUBLIN

A practical inquiry into social choreography grown out of the public think tank in Limerick will take place in an adapted space at the Project Arts Centre, Dublin as part of the Dublin Fringe Festival in September 2005.

Framemakers concludes with the public presentation of the Book of Recommendations, a working document that will be sent to various governing bodies (UN, EU, Irish Government, etc.). The Ralahine Centre for Utopian Studies will preserve the Framemakers archive.

… it’s time to start playing for real.

Framemakers is initiated by Daghdha Dance Company, in association with the Project Arts Centre, Dublin and in partnership with the Ralahine Centre for Utopian Studies at the University of Limerick and the Dublin Fringe Festival. Framemakers is funded by the Arts Council/an Chomhairle Ealaíon.

Project specific questions can be addressed to:

EMAIL MAIL@DAGHDHA.IE

For more information visit:

WWW.DAGHDHA.IE/FRAMEMAKERS

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