Performance Philosophy

Monday 30th July 2018

As promised, here is another discovery I made this month.

Performance Philosophy

Let’s face it, I’m trying hard to bring dance to an equal level with academic subjects. Yes, dance can now be studided at various universities, and practice-based research is becoming a valid way of gaining an MA or PhD in performance or choreography. However, a hierarchy remains. My greatest and most ambitious career achievement would probably be to somehow contribute to demonstrating the full value of dance as a physical, artistic, intellectual and in some cases even spiritual discipline.

Padam, padam. One step at a time. On the 19th of this month, I attended a 2-hour talk and group discussion chaired by Laura Cull, who very skillfully introduced us (artists, performers, dramaturgs, philosophers and other attendees) to the concept, limitations and questions raised by Performance Philosophy. Here is an example from my notes:

Philosophy is more than a discourse; it’s about producing a way of living and living it at the same time. Isn’t that what arts practices can do too?

The website linked below is probably the best way of introducing members of the Performance Philosophy group, what they stand for, and what they publish:

At the end of the talk, I had scribbled loads of notes, exchanged contact details with a couple of attendees and started dreaming of potential collaborations and further studies. If I had the qualifications and resources needed to undertake a Dance PhD, I would start right away! To give you an idea of the research themes that would most interest me, I shortlisted these three:

  • Choreography
  • Kinaesthesia, proprioception and kinaesthetic empathy
  • Performance Philosophy

Let’s see where these fields of enquiry take me 🙂