Choreography

Language is a map of failures: Messy thoughts on reading, writing and dressing up
Runa Borch Skolseg
Afternoon Editions - 5.00€ -

Afternoon Editions no. 3: Language is a map of failures. Messy thoughts on reading, writing and dressing up by Runa Borch Skolseg.

In May 2019, Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine relocated its base to the Oslo Biennale headquarters in Myntgata, with a room of its own and ongoing activities. Runa Borch Skolseg visited the space at several occasions before its final closure, in 2021. Her invitation to write for the Afternoon Editions bridges the move from one room to another, and is a reflection on how fashion can be a world of fantasy, and drama, a language we all communicate through. With a personal narrative she makes readings of clothes, literature and writing, and how they merge and enrich each other.

Published September 2022.

Writing Dance
Jonathon Burrows
Varamo Press - 10.00€ -

‘Human beings embody whatever they meet, and it’s all there when you work whether you want it there or not.’ Practice is like the dust that accumulates, and revisiting fragments of essays and talks on choreography Jonathan Burrows ended up embracing the haphazard and the mess, moments of unfocus and focus, harnessing them in pithy formulations and scores, adding room and punctuation and line breaks in the process so readers can hear the rhythm as he writes his dance on writing dance.

Jonathan Burrows is a choreographer, who has worked for many years in collaboration with the composer Matteo Fargion, with whom he continues to create and perform work. He is the author of A Choreographer’s Handbook (Routledge, 2010) and is currently an Associate Professor at the Centre for Dance Research, Coventry University.

Published by Varamo Press in the essay series Gestures
First edition October 2022
80 pages, 11 x 16.5 cm, sewn perfect binding
ISBN: 978-82-691492-5-8
Graphic design by Michaël Bussaer

Afternoon Editions N°4: Certain Things
Claudia la Rocco
Afternoon Editions - 5.00€ -

A day can be a composition not unlike an essay. Full of possibilities, full of limitations, bound by universal structures and marked by idiosyncratic desires. You go on walks. You read. You do your chores. All the while memory and other forms of imagination keep time with you. Books are strange companions; writing is a lonely thing rich with consolations.

Certain Things is a text by Claudia La Rocco, created with and through ideas such as these.

Published September 2022.

And then it got legs: Notes on dance dramaturgy
Jeroen Peeters
Varamo Press - 15.00€ -

Drawing on his experience in the field of contemporary dance, Jeroen Peeters discusses principles, methods and practices that contribute to an understanding of dramaturgy as an experimental, collaborative practice and a material form of thinking.

Written from practice, this book reflects a particular history of collaboration and conversation with dance-makers such as Martin Nachbar, Meg Stuart, Vera Mantero, Sabina Holzer, Lisa Nelson, Jennifer Lacey, Chrysa Parkinson, deufert + plischke, Eleanor Bauer, Philipp Gehmacher and many others.

Phantasmal archaeology, unfolding material, literal and physical reading, crafting method, articulating process, witnessing and performing not-knowing, naming and ritual destruction, conceptual landscapes, symbolic waste, internal fictions and foreign objects – they may all play a role in creation and in exploring the unfamiliar in pursuit of making sense.

And then it got legs is an invitation to think along or against, to discuss those ideas with others or explore them in the studio, and eventually to imagine and devise one’s own methods of research, observation, reflection and creation.

Noa & Snow – Poem #9
Alix Eynaudi
Bom Dia Books - 32.00€ -

This book/catalogue is published on the occasion of the final event of Noa & Snow, a gentle experiment between the everyday and the event, at the Volkskundemuseum, Vienna.

Publication Concept Alix Eynaudi, Goda Budvytytė
Design Goda Budvytytė
Printing Robstolk, Amsterdam
Edition 600 copies
Proofreading Bella Marrin

ENVELOPE Pattern design based on the Lila Dress and its signature cording by An Breugelmans

LE VESTIAIRE
Costumes & objects An Breugelmans Tapestries & trompe-l’oeil Cécile Tonizzo Weaves Lydia McGlinchey Photos taken inside of Jason Dodge’ show Cut a Door in the Wolf at Macro Museum by Carlotta Pierleoni Photos in Vienna Samuel Feldhandler

THEM, PROTEXTIONS
Han-Gyeol Lie, Mette Edvartsen, Lydia McGlinchey, Clara Amaral, Ujjwal Kanishka Utkarsh, Jennifer Lacey, Cécile Tonizzo, Sabina Holzer, Alice Chauchat, Jason Dodge, Joachim Hamou, Quim Pujol, Litó Walkey, Serena Lee, Mihret Kebede

PUBLIC MEDITATIONS
Anne Faucheret, Elizabeth Ward, Kirsty Bell, Tony Just, Sabina Holzer, Samuel Feldhandler, Frida Robles

TEXTURAGES Paula Caspão VIGNETTES Alix Eynaudi

Poster picture of Claire Lefèvre’s Grimoire/Giant Notebook/Bison Book Rasa Juškevičiūtė

INSTITUTE OF REST(S)
Alix Eynaudi, Paula Caspão, Quim Pujol
Back side A thread for Alix Eynaudi, woven as a table placement by Genė Janušauskaitė in 1936, out of the flax she had sawn and harvested herself. Photographed by Kristien Daem in 2022, after Aldona Malašauskienė revealed the placement to her son Raimundas.

One Shot
Mark Tompkins, Meg Stuart
Les Éditions L'Œil D'Or - 22.00€ -  out of stock

Improvisation infiltrates almost all dance, theatre and music practices, but when it becomes the essential modality through which performance is constructed, when it becomes a specific practice, a technique, a knowledge, an artistic trend, shouldn’t another word have been invented? When, moreover, this improvisation is practised, transmitted and commented on, at least since the 1960s in the United States, before it was picked up in Europe, don't we need for a book written by those who practise it, transmit it and carry it out at the heart of a lively practice today? This is a book which brings together content and form, an effervescent book which talks about improvisation, about "real time composition", by improvising.

ONE SHOT, dialogues on real time composition, written by Meg Stuart and Mark Tompkins, with images by video artist Gilles Toutevoix.

Weaknesses
Chrysa Parkinson
Afternoon Editions - 5.00€ -

Afternoon Editions no. 2: text and drawings by Chrysa Parkinson titled Weaknesses. Between January and March 2019 Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine was presented as a solo-exhibition at Index Foundation in Stockholm. During this period Chrysa Parkinson was invited as a guest writer for Afternoon Editions. Weaknesses is a leap in memory. Published July 2020.

CHOREOGRAPHY / KOREOGRAFI (2021)
Ann-Christin Berg Kongsness
Self-Published - 17.50€ -  out of stock

CHOREOGRAPHY/KOREOGRAFI is an anthology published in three editions, consisting of texts written by artists active within the field of dance and choreography in the Nordic countries.

With the anthology we wish to build a rich and complex understanding of what choreography is and can be. We approach choreography as its own field of knowledge, and try to reach out and contribute to a larger Nordic disciplinary community. Our ambition is to protect a space for reflection that we experience as threatened, that is to say the thinking from and around the artistic works and practices.

Each contribution is build around a specific issue requested by the editors and developed in dialogue with the contributors, there are independent texts as well as conversations and interviews. All texts exist in both Scandinavian and English versions. We have curated the texts we’ve been missing and the conversations we have dreamt of reading.

The anthology is edited and published independently by artists based in Oslo. The first edition was launched in May 2016 and edited by Solveig Styve Holte, Ann-Christin Kongsness and writer Runa Borch Skolseg. The second edition was launched in October 2018 and edited by Solveig Styve Holte, Ann-Christin Kongsness and Venke Marie Sortland. The third edition was launched in September 2021, and edited by Holte, Kongsness and Sortland as well, all three of us work as dancers, choreographers and writers. Helge Hjort Bentsen is behind the graphic design for the first and second edition, Kim Hiorthøy did the graphic design for the third edition.

The third and last edition of CHOREOGRAPHY consists of eight newly written texts. The anthology still has a Nordic focus, but this time we have decided to go deeper into certain issues, regardless of geographical context. In this edition we also have a stronger interdisciplinary focus, in addition to following up some threads from the two former editions; marginal perspectives with a base in feminist, queer and post-colonial traditions, form experiments that explore text as an extended choreographic practice, texts by and about and as collectives, how to make artistic research available and how the infrastructures that we depend on influences our artistic practices and vice versa.

The contributors for the third edition are Sigrid Øvreås Svendal, Ingri Midgard Fiksdal, Kristine, Tjøgersen, Chloe Chignell, Hanna Järvinen, Goro Tronsmo, Solveig Styve Holte, Roza Moshtaghi and Karen Eide Bøen.

CHOREOGRAPHY (2021) is supported by Arts Council Norway.

The practice of Dramaturgy - Working on Actions in Performance
Konstantina Georgelou, Efrosini Protopapa, Dane Theodoridou
Valiz, Amsterdam - 20.00€ -  out of stock

There is a growing interest in the notion and practice of dramaturgy, which is often discussed either as the work of the dramaturge or as the compositional, cohesive, or sense-making aspects of a performance. Drawing on such views, this book addresses the subject as a shared, politicized, and catalytic practice that sets actions into motion in a more speculative way. In its first part, three working principles are discussed that form the heart of this proposition, relating to debates on action, work, and post-Fordist labour. The second part opens up to artistic, social, and political perspectives that may emerge from such an understanding of dramaturgy through contributions by guest authors.

240 p, ills bw, 14 x 21 cm, pb, English

Social Choreography
Andrew Hewitt
Duke University Press - 27.00€ -  out of stock

Through the concept of “social choreography” Andrew Hewitt demonstrates how choreography has served not only as metaphor for modernity but also as a structuring blueprint for thinking about and shaping modern social organization. Bringing dance history and critical theory together, he shows that ideology needs to be understood as something embodied and practiced, not just as an abstract form of consciousness. Linking dance and the aesthetics of everyday movement—such as walking, stumbling, and laughter—to historical ideals of social order, he provides a powerful exposition of Marxist debates about the relation of ideology and aesthetics. 

Hewitt focuses on the period between the mid-nineteenth century and the early twentieth and considers dancers and social theorists in Germany, Britain, France, and the United States. Analyzing the arguments of writers including Friedrich Schiller, Theodor Adorno, Hans Brandenburg, Ernst Bloch, and Siegfried Kracauer, he reveals in their thinking about the movement of bodies a shift from an understanding of play as the condition of human freedom to one prioritizing labor as either the realization or alienation of embodied human potential. Whether considering understandings of the Charleston, Isadora Duncan, Nijinsky, or the famous British chorus line the Tiller Girls, Hewitt foregrounds gender as he uses dance and everyday movement to rethink the relationship of aesthetics and social order.

Terpsichore in Sneakers: Post-Modern Dance
Sally Banes
Wesleyan - 32.00€ -  out of stock

Drawing on the postmodern perspective and concerns that informed her groundbreaking Terpischore in Sneakers, Sally Bane's Writing Dancing documents the background and development of avant-garde and popular dance, analyzing individual artists, performances, and entire dance movements. With a sure grasp of shifting cultural dynamics, Banes shows how postmodern dance is integrally connected to other oppositional, often marginalized strands of dance culture, and considers how certain kinds of dance move from the margins to the mainstream. 

Banes begins by considering the act of dance criticism itself, exploring its modes, methods, and underlying assumptions and examining the work of other critics. She traces the development of contemporary dance from the early work of such influential figures as Merce Cunningham and George Balanchine to such contemporary choreographers as Molissa Fenley, Karole Armitage, and Michael Clark. She analyzes the contributions of the Judson Dance Theatre and the Workers' Dance League, the emergence of Latin postmodern dance in New York, and the impact of black jazz in Russia. In addition, Banes explores such untraditional performance modes as breakdancing and the drunk dancing of Fred Astaire.

News Animations
Simone Forti
Nero Editions - 25.00€ -  out of stock

A reference book containing all the transcripts of Simone Forti's News Animations.

The book is the complete collection of Simone Forti's News Animations, one of the works that best reveal her artistic practice. The news and, more broadly, the most pressing issues of the global socio-political situation, are used to explore the potential of language, its dimensions, and its combination with dance, movements, words, images, and music. Simone Forti has always "danced" the news, it's the way she tells them. But, above all, it's the way she internalizes them, feels them, and processes them. Through a stream of consciousness, the artist grants voice and body to thoughts about the world, its conflicts, war, injustices, and inequalities. 

The volume collects Simone Forti's News Animations from 1980 to 2018—through the transcriptions of the performances, images, and drawings—seeking to capture their spirit, their poetic stance and, mostly, understand how they manage to describe the society and the world we live in.

Introduction by Luca Lo Pinto
Published August 2021

Knee Balance
Matty Davis
Self-Published - 35.00€ -

KNEE BALANCE (2021) is a performance that uses choreography, writing, photography, and design to traverse particular anatomical, personal, and sociopolitical arcs. Time oscillates and fractures movement. Space unfolds. Situated before a hearth in the throes of balance, the performer becomes a crucible for memory, durability, and the reciprocal relationship between the present and the unforeseen.

Edition: 75

Dimensions: 34.5 x 24.5 cm / 10 x 14 in (unfolded 138 x 98 cm / 54 x 39 in)

Process: Offset Printed

Color: Color

Binding: Folded

Printer: Narayana Press (Denmark)

Comes nested inside ad hoc polyvinyl sleeve with text by Matty Davis printed on front

This work marks the first in a series of performances by Matty Davis arranged for print by Matt Wolff. Distinct in content and form, each work weaves psychosomatic realities with the spatial and temporal possibilities of print.

Vital contributions have been made to this series of performances by artists including Will Arbery, Whitney Browne, Mark Davis, Eryka Dellenbach, Nile Harris, Jonah Rosenberg, Holly Sass, Matt Shalzi, and Bobbi Jene Smith.

Handbook in Motion: An Account of an Ongoing Personal Discourse and Its Manifestations in Dance
Simone Forti
Wesleyan - 21.00€ -

Tracing a period in her life from the 1969 Woodstock Festival through the following years living on the land, this singular dance artist's direct and poetic writings bring a turbulent transitional era to life. Arriving in New York in the early 60's from California, she brought with her a series of pieces that proved to be a serious influence on the development of "postmodern" dance in years to come. Her "dance-constructions" were based on a concern with bodies in action, the movement not being stylized or presented for its visual line but rather as a physical fact. Combining drawings, "dance reports" (short descriptions of events whose movement made a deep impression on the author's memory), and documentary materials such as scores, descriptions, letters to colleagues, and photographic records of performances, Forti's eye toward creating idioms for exploring natural forms and behaviors is evident throughout.  

Simone Forti shifted from painting in 1955 to study dance with Anna Halprin and went on to study composition with Robert Dunn at the Merce Cunningham Studio leading to her association with Judson Dance Theater in the '60s. Her work spans from early minimalist dance-constructions, through animal movement studies, news animations, land portraits, and currently, Logomotion, an improvisational form based on the resonance between movement and the spoken word. She performs and teaches worldwide.

a Dance Mag #3 – Touch
Jana Al-Obeidyine (Ed.)
Crayolab - 12.00€ -  out of stock

Born during the year of global pandemic, confinement and social distancing, "issue 03: Touch", brings us, paradoxically, stories of connection, transformation and healing. With issue 03, we wander into the underworlds of Northern Japan, find home in the Mediterranean Sea, experiment with manhood in the arctic, unite on a Kurdish mountain and touch Palestine in Dubai. The "Touch" issue recovers some of the powers of a sense that has become restrained.

Read in the "Touch" issue:
• ­­A Singaporean artist connects with Hijikata Tatsumi from beyond the grave
• A Lycanthrope turns into a Manta Ray, a story of metamorphosis
• Connecting during quarantine, with TikTok
• Touching Palestine in a contemporary art center in Dubai
• A Norwegian cartel redefines modern-day manhood
• Dr. Aline LePierre talks about the healing power of touch

Delta — An Ocean Call
Izabella Borzecka, Pontus Pettersson (eds.)
PAM Stockholm - 25.00€ -  out of stock

Delta is a coming together for choreographic and performative work to be shared and exercised, a place for sharing work by doing the work. A container for participatory projects, dancing, exchange and choreographic inquiries. Delta is organised as evening dance classes, artist zines and thematic publications, like this one: On water histories, narratives and practices. 

Water both divides and merges, varies and manifests in different kinds of shapes and structures, acquiring different relations with its surroundings. As a transformative material, could one say that water has a different kind of logic, another kind of dance? In this publication, the contributors Bronwyn Bailey-Charteris, Paul Maheke, Axel Andersson, Sindri Runudde, Vibeke Hermanrud, Elly Vadseth, Daniela Bershan, Sabrina Seifried,  D.N.A. (Dina El Kaisy Friemuth, Neda Sanai and Anita Beikpour), Every Ocean Hughes, Adham Hafez, Pontus Pettersson, and Alice MacKenzie share their multi-layered practices, writings, memories and scores on water. Inviting you to submerge!

With contributions by: Bronwyn Bailey-Charteris, Paul Maheke, Axel Andersson, Sindri Runudde, Vibeke Hermanrud, Elly Vadseth, Daniela Bershan, Sabrina Seifried, D.N.A. (Dina El Kaisy Friemuth, Neda Sanai and Anita Beikpour), Every Ocean Hughes, Adham Hafez, Pontus Pettersson and Alice MacKenzie.

Bronwyn Bailey-Charteris: First Move, Original Rains: a Score for Sensing the Precipitational
Pontus Pettersson: Dripping from my fingertips
Adham Hafez: To dance about nature?
Daniela Bershan in collaboration with Sabrina Seifried: Mapping OCEAN
Sindri Runudde: Chosen by the barnacles
Vibeke Hermanrud in conversation with Elly Vadseth: Submerged
Axel Andersson: Confessions of a swimmer
D.N.A: Hydrocapsules.love
Paul Mahek:e As the Waters Recall
Alice MacKenzie: I know that smell
Every Ocean Hughes: Ocean
Pontus Pettersson: 100 ways of water

Graphic design by Sara Kaaman

Michael Clark: Cosmic Dancer
Florence Ostende (ed.)
Prestel Publishing - 45.50€ -  out of stock

Hailed as British dance's true iconoclast, Michael Clark is a defining cultural figure in the contemporary dance world. Since emerging in the early 1980s as a prodigy at London's Royal Ballet School, Clark has remained at the forefront of innovation in dance, working in close collaboration with a broad range of pioneering artists such as Sarah Lucas, Leigh Bowery, Charles Atlas, Cerith Wyn Evans, Peter Doig, Elizabeth Peyton, Wolfgang Tillmans and musicians such as Mark E. Smith, Wire, Scritti Politti, and Relaxed Muscle.

As a young choreographer, Clark brought together his classical ballet training with London's club culture, fashion, and punk rock to establish himself as one of the most innovative artists working in modern dance. His work, variously referencing punk, rock, and pop--is marked by a mixture of technical rigor and experimentation in a way that disrupts and reimagines our understanding of dance.

This book features a series of enlightening essays and vivid illustrations of Clark's best-known performances, alongside archival material. Loosely tracing the chronological evolution of his career, a variety of cultural figures, ranging from Jarvis Cocker to Charles Atlas, write about the countercultural undercurrents with which Clark's work connects.

The Films of Yvonne Rainer
Yvonne Rainer
Indiana University Press - 24.50€ -

The scripts of Rainer's five films, presented here along with essays, an interview, and bibliography, demonstrate the evolution of her political consciousness as well as her creative engagement with the contemporary film and cultural scene. These texts challenge the illusionist and ideological presumptions of mainstream culture and cinema.

Film Scripts included:

Lives of Performers
Film About a Woman Who...
Kristina Talking Pictures
Journeys from Berlin/1971
The Man Who Envied Women

Marking The Occasion
Jaime Shearn Coan, Tara Aisha Willis
Wendy's Subway - 24.00€ -  out of stock

Marking The Occasion represents the final movement in a year-long engagement with the question, Can a performance be a rough draft of a written work? In this case, the rough draft took place at Mount Tremper Arts during a 2019 Watershed Residency.

Taking the practices of choreography and co-writing as methods of investigation, curator-editors Jaime Shearn Coan and Tara Aisha Willis introduce new trajectories for live work and text by bringing together dance and performance artists from across the US who occupy multiple roles within art economies and in whose work language and writing are prevalent.

Exploring a multiplicity of lived, embodied experiences within a single event, Marking The Occasion gathers together archival materials from the residency alongside new contributions from participants David Thomson, Julie Tolentino, Mariana Valencia, Takahiro Yamamoto, and Mlondi Zondi.

The publication also marks the events of 2020, and traces their reverberations through each artist's practice as time, movement, action, and collaboration take on new meanings.

Steve Paxton: Drafting Interior Techniques
Various
Culturgest - 26.00€ -  out of stock

This book was published on the occasion of the exhibition Steve Paxton / Drafting Interior Techniques, a retrospective exhibition, in Culturgest, Lisbon, March-July 2019, co-curated by Joao Fiadeiro and Romain Bigé.

American dancer, choreographer and improviser Steve Paxton (b. 1938) has continuously been shaping the face of dance for more than six decades. Starting his dance career in the 1950s, he danced with José Limon and the Cunningham company, contributed to found the Judson Dance Theater and post-modern dance, invented two dance techniques (Contact Improvisation and Material for the Spine), while writing extensively about movement (more than a hundred articles since 1970) and relentlessly performing improvisation around the world.

Drafting Interior Techniques is the first retrospective look taken at his work and legacy. It is built around one of Steve’s obsessive questions: what is my body doing when I am not conscious of it? This question is a mantra through the exhibition, which offers the visitors to wander into the dancer’s workshop, not only to see dance, but to look at movement with the eyes of a dancer.

Contributions: Delfim Sardo, Romain Bigé, João Fiadeiro, Julie Perrin, Daniel Lepkoff, Bojana Cvejić, Alice Godfroy, Nancy Stark Smith, Hubert Godard, André Lepecki Yvonne Rainer, Martin Nachbar, Ramsay Burt, Bebe Miller, Patricia Kuypers.

Still Life
Hamish MacPherson
Self-Published - 7.50€ -

Issue 5 looks at ideas of restraint including interviews with HARVEY YOUNG about stillness and the Black body (18); KELINA A. GOTMAN about the myth of choreomania (34); CLAIRE SMITH* about her experience as a prison officer (62); and MAXINE LEEDS CRAIG about why straight, white men don’t dance anymore (76). It also includes a text from HENRI LEFEBVRE on dressage (2); tales from guardsmen about fainting and laughing on parade (29); photographs by EMMA BACKLUND of play wrestling (50); vintage images and contemporary stories of bondage from THE PRIVATE CASE (87); and a poem by HANNE GRASMO about piss play (101). Cover photo by Emma Bäcklund.

Contains sexually explicit material.

The Complete Text Would Be Insufferable / Language as Prosthesis
Chloe Chignell
uh books - 15.00€ -

We begin with the image of an idea in ruin. A small field of assumptions disassembled. A question no longer in need of its mark. A thought not sure where it began. It starts from the body and language. The debris of these three words, crumbling already at and, did not break apart but congealed the separations once made. We start from a research (project) undone and just beginning. 

Typesetting and design: Will Holder
Produced by: A.pass

Chloe Chignell works across choreography and publication taking the body as the central problem, question and location of the research. She invests in writing as a body building practice, examining the ways in which language makes us up.

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