Excavating the Personal – Choreographing the Archive, presented by The Ar(t)chive, Wits School of
Arts will address issues around the archive in performance and the process of developing performances out of archives.
The presentation will explore and interrogate the process of developing performance out of biographical and autobiographical memories and histories sourced from physical, intellectual and aesthetic archives.
The session will be facilitated by Adrienne Sichel (for The Ar(t)chive) and will feature a selection of Dance Umbrella 2015 artists.
Artists will be offered a slot to speak to their own work in relation to the core themes.
The featured dancer-choreographers will be Tossie van Tonder (Chthonia), Alfred Hinkel, master teacher and co-founder of Garage Okiep, Mamela Nyamza (Wena Mamela) and Nelisiwe Xaba’s Fremde Tänze – (archive Project German dance archive collaboration). The discussion is not limited to these artists but is open to all artists in the programming dealing with the archive in performance. The artists will each have a slot to speak to their own work in relation to the core themes – e.g. How do we work with archives in a performative way? How does the archive develop physical material? What is the relationship between the body, the archive and technology? The archive that which is the past transforms /transposes into the present.
The order of events will be as follows: an introduction by Adrienne Sichel followed by facilitated group discussion with video excerpts.
Venue: WITS Downstairs Theatre, Monday 9 March 2015, 6pm-8pm. Open to the public.
For further information email Jessica Denyschen, The Ar(t)chive project manager on firstname.lastname@example.org The Ar(t)chive
(Jessica Denyschen and Adrienne Sichel: Wits School of Arts)