time to switch


Time to Switch

– workshop in choreography @ Oslo National Academy of the Arts with Amanda Steggell
Format: Body storming, brain storming, experiments, field trips, lectures and presentations
Participants: MA students in choreography and stage direction
Choreographers: Ingeleiv Berstad, Kristin Ryg Helgebostad, Eivind Anderssen Seljeseth
Directors: Tormod Kristoffer Carlsen, Angelina Josephine Stojcevska

Petr Svarovksy, artist/senior lecturer in digital media, Department of Fine Art, KHIO
Prof. Andrew Morrison, project leader for YOUrban, director of research, Institute of Design, AHO
Dr. Ragnhild, leader of PLAYUR strand of YOUrban, Institute of Design, AHO
Idun Sem, media developer of YOUrban project, AHO
Mikkel …

From an historical perspective dance has not followed the general order of things. To cut a long story short, there was modern dance which was not at all “modernist”. Then came the first surge of post-modern dance in the 1960s – early 70s, rebelling against classical ballet and classical modern dance. Imagining what a new dance could look like in the future, post-modern dance quickly became more outwardly “post-modernist”. Let’s imagine that for two weeks we are the choreographers of the first post-modern period and that it is happening to us now, in 2011. We are not yet very cool or analytical, but playfully rebellious, urgently reconsidering dance as a medium today. We are interested in the medium’s functional relationship to context; in exploring “natural movement”, collaboration and participation; in working with simple scores that can be performed in the city by almost anybody’s body with a minimum of prior instruction.

The workshop starts by re-visiting the score of some post-modern choreographers and considers how they could be programmed today, outside in the city, modifiable and distributive. Then we will play a mobile phone game, Flirtman, at Oslo City, as well as some smart phone apps that to some extend answer to the call of a dance improvisation. Working in between the one and the others we will sex things up a bit, devising a prototype game using cellphones and the sites and surfaces of the city. The final day comprises of talks by specially invited guests from the YOUrban project @ AHO  and experimenting with an iPhone-controllable surveillance helicopter.