Tidligere kursus 2010

Movement in Urban Space - workshop 1

Workshops, International Conference and Theme Festival in Leipzig

Workshops 19-23 June
Conference 24- 27 June

The Danish National Theatre School – Continuing Education invites professional artists to take part in three innovative workshops and the Conference Movement in Urban Space in Leipzig.
Three artists from the international performing art scene is leading the workshops and the final presentation during the festival from the 24-27.

Paul Gazzola (Adelaide/Australia, Berlin/Germany)

Participants: artists involved in performance and visual art practices

This workshop will explore the expansive notion of what body actions and codes of behavior constitute suspicious activity. Operating within the specificity of Leipzig the participants will be invited to work on the context that may be considered as suspicious, investigating the unseen rules that dictate and control spaces/places as they negotiate the issues of public control and privacy. Over 5 days the group will work within the studio as they make an analysis to sites of surveillance in Leipzig and subsequently head out on the streets exploring:
- Actions and modes of behavior that in one instance are normalized but in another become
- Strategies to produce false re-presentations and subverted readings of oneself
- Tactics to avoid detection
- choreographies of criminality and relations between the body and filmed

Workshop Language: English

The Production of Suspicious Bodies project began during the event Streets as Pictures –
Halle from Paul Gazzola that was part of the 2008 “Theater der Welt”, Halle. See

Participants: People from various artistic backgrounds, aged between 15 and 50, with some body and movement improvisation skills

Participants: People from various backgrounds such as performance, visual arts, architecture, ethnography, sociology etc.

The event will enhance the exploration of movement and dance in the urban space of Leipzig with its different layers of historical experience, in particular of the two German dictatorial states. Main topics will be the relationship between everyday movements and urban environment, and the production of spaces for public action by means of performance, dance and choreography.

Walks, audio-guided tours, site-specific performances and processions are planned to stage places of high political and cultural interest in an unconventional manner. Closely related to these activities an international conference with lectures, panels and working groups will reflect current discussions about dance, movement, public sphere, urban development and interventionist practice.

The city of Leipzig with its various sites of German and European history will not only be the venue, but also the subject, material and medium of this event. The Central Theatre will serve as a base station, where plenary meetings, working groups and performances take place. A lounge will offer some means for further research (movies, maps, books etc.), the possibility to register for audio-walks or just hang around and meet people. In the afternoon there will be guided tours starting from the Central Theatre into three urban regions: The inner City on the first day, the South on the second (Old Exhibition Site, Monument of the Battle of the Nations, Connewitz) and the West on the third day (Sports Forum, Lindenau, Cotton Factory). The idea is to link the places that are relevant for the issue of movement in urban space with political and cultural events, by performance activities that are reflecting and also working on urban structures.

A preliminary phase of extensive research provides information related to several possible subjects (e.g. sports events, urban music and dance cultures, expro¬priation/re-appropriation, monuments, passages/arcades, surveillance, underground, waste land, demonstration, breakdance, parkour, etc.). The artists are invited to pick these information up, spread out across the City and do their own research on the parameters by which movement and behavior in urban space are conditioned. Aesthetic experiences shall intensify the percep¬tion of invisible, lost or long forgotten contexts. At the conference these experiences will be discussed in work¬shops and working groups. The exchange of local, national and international artists and institutions will make this event important far beyond the City of Leipzig.

Participating Artist and Groups a.o.:
Random People (UK/DE)
Plan B (UK/DE)
Fabián Barba (EC)
Gustavo Ciriaco & Andrea Sonnberger (BR/AT)
Paul Gazzola (AU)
Hello Earth (DK)
Dani Lima (BR)
Irina Pauls (DE)
Chris Standfest (AT)
Lucas Matthaei (DE)

The cost for the workshop and conference is 250 euro (incl. hotel in double rooms and breakfeast 8 days) Participants makes there own way to Leipzig.










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