Graduating from a BA(hons) Performance Design & Practice course at Central Saint Martins, Aline Derderian spent a year in Paris studying dance research. In 2016, she became a Leverhulme grantee for the Arts enabling her to pursue her path on the MFA Choreography course at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Many trips to The United States and Armenia entailed a vivid wish to connect her performance art background, Armenian roots and postmodern dance influences in order to develop a choreographic process that questions and challenges the archetypal female dancing body as a catalyst for contemporary feminine performance writing and cultural survival.
Currently on her third year of a PhD thesis at Rennes 2 University (Department of Practice and Theory of Contemporary Art) supervised by Marie-Noëlle Semet-Haviaras, Derderian explores innovative ways to envision a feminist historiography of dance through the lens of postmodern choreographer Anna Halprin and Southern California feminist activist performance’s creative methodologies, and Armenian female artists in diaspora (eg. Armen Ohanian). Since 2016, Aline Derderian regularly visits Central Saint Martins Performance: Design & Practice department as an associate lecturer/tutor in set design and choreography at the occasion of modules such as Dance Lab or Design for Dance in collaboration with Rambert School of Contemporary Dance & Ballet, Central School of Ballet and London Studio Centre.
Her work takes different forms from film to dance, pedagogy and curation aiming at diffusing how Armenian cultural heritage is embedded in the creative practices of other local and diasporic Armenian femxle artists, and how the way they envision art history from a decentralized perspective can enhance the chances for untold traumas and unknown artistry to be unveiled in both Eastern and Western contexts.
Here you can find the programme and the archived recording and further resources of the colloquium.