Dancing beyond memories: Armenian cultural heritage & corporeality

South Caucasian approaches to creative practices

Organized by Aline Derderian (Université Rennes 2)

In which measures can visual, dance and movement practices be envisioned as social/political tools for female dance & performance practitioners in regions such as Armenia, where cultures, aesthetics and institutional programmes are patriarchally led, geographically excentered ? Looking at dance & performance studies from a decentralized perspective how can the moving female body be a material of contest, liberation or a place of celebration for inherited culture?

This research gathers female creatives and scholars from South Caucasus or in diaspora with a dance, performance practice or visual artists whom for the body is central to their work and who look at interrogating their femininity in mirror to their cultural heritage in order to either transmit, protest, transcend it yet simultaneously acknowledging their singularity and how their roots impacted their artistic journeys.

In the aim of showcasing unrepresented Armenian and South Caucasian personalities, this project focuses on contemporary art and how the complex, worldwidly majorly undiscussed political, religious, economical histories most oftenly remains a barrier for them to deploy their work locally or internationally.

The communications, recorded/filmed performances, cases studies, interviews and testimonies presented in this research address the following:

  1. How can creative/choreographic methodologies generate a decentralized feminist discourse ?
  2. How does/can inherited cultural traditions influence creative practices and physicalities?
  3. How can movement analysis methodologies be applied to folk dances and what discourse does that create ?
  4. How do performing practices in alternatives spaces represent a platform for the transmission, survival and contemporary reinvestment of cultural heritage or folklore ?
  5. How can dance/performance/visual art be documented in order for Armenian and South Caucasian artists to be internationally acknowledged and promoted?

Here you can find the programme and the archived recording and further resources of the colloquium. 


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