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On Recognition is a practice-based seminar that looks into the establishment of principles of communication.

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 FULL NAME: Pavle Heidler

- PHONE NUMBER: 0046 70 99 66 929


- TITLE OF THE ACTIVITY: On Recognition - a Seminar


At the time of writing this proposal, I am conscious of my thoughts being based on experience available to me now. In the coming months I expect to gain specific insight that might influence and change (hopefully, for the better) some of the claims I will stand for today. 


In the short lecture I delivered at the last year's Symposium I made an attempt at (accessably and briefly) deconstructing the normatively perceived and learned relationship between: the dancer, the dance, the perception of dance, technique, aesthetics and impression of physical experience. I did so by focusing on the perception of the described relationship from the point of view of a contemporary practitioner (artist, dancer) in order to, essentially, argue for a removal of the 'right to power' from its assumed position at the top of the hierarchy (where it's in the hands of those who are allowed to assign value), and establishment of that same 'right to power' in the hands of the student - who is, essentially, the most contemporary of the practitioners (who is not allowed to assign value; but is expected to aquire knowledge of value's already established distribution - thus confirming its already established distribution).

In the coming Symposium I would like to continue playing along these trajectories; this time by focusing not on the analysis of an already established structure - but by looking, instead, at the principles that enable a structure to become established in the first place.

My proposal, thus, is to look at the principles of communication.

In my recent research I have come to understand that communication, which can be seen as a method of transmition or translation of information between any two persons (I am, after all, most interested in people) is, in itself, that which constitues for the most significant of principles that enables eventual establishment of shared understanding of meaning.


Repetition is the principle that enables a virtual concept (such is a thought) to over time (!) become physical material that yet over time becomes recognised by many. What would be an example of a thought that has, through a process of repetition over the course of a number of years been established as a valuable asset of any successful dancer? And is, as a result of endless repetition, today recognised easily by many a peer and public alike? An arabesque. The effect of this process (which is also the reason I am interested in breaking such processes down, theoretically and experientially) is that an arabesque, due to its wide recognition, becomes a currency - a currency that sets a standard of visibility against which any other movement needs to compete. Which brings me to my question.


My question is: by repeating - and by repeating of what : what are the currencies that we sharing, teaching, confirming within our daily working environments? And how do these currencies continually confirm or challenge the establishment of the norm? Or the establishment of the FORM? The existence of what forms are we taking for granted, and who are we excluding by doing that? How deeply are we already formed and is there a possibility of us actually becoming formless? Actually teaching formless? Actually seeing formless?



My proposal for the LEAP Symposium 2015 is to practically introduce this work by delivering a short lecture on the principles of communication (as I understand them) and their influence on the establishment of the norm/form. I would follow the lecture by a self-reflection time facilitated through guided movement exploration based of the principles of movement exploration practice called © The Process of Materialisation of Fiction. The goal of self-reflection through guided movement exploration is to give each participant a chance to physically explore the effect of established theory of communication through the process of analysing physical sensation (how one recognises the influence that previously described principles of communication potentially have on the way one perceives their body whilst moving; if we take it that one is communicating with one's own body). I would finish by opening the space for a shared discussion. The goal of this shared discussion would be to test the results of performed research in the arena of shared discourse and look at the potential benefits of implementing this level of awareness into the construction of communication in our daily life.



- SUMMARY OF CONTENT DESCRIPTION (max 60 words; for publishing)

By repeating - and by repeating what : what are the qualities that I am sharing, teaching, confirming within my daily working environment? And how do these qualities that I am confirming continually affirm or challenge the establishment of what kind of system of value? / On Recognition is a practice-based seminar that looks into the establishment of principles of communication.                                                                                                                                                                               

- SHORT BIOGRAPHY (max 60 words for publishing (if co-taught all in all max 60 words)

Pavle Heidler is a dancer, teacher and writer. He studied at SEAD and graduated from P.A.R.T.S., before getting his MA degree from DOCH (at Stockholm Univeristy of the Arts). He is interested in translating theories of performativity from the field of social research into the field of theatre and dance. /


anyone interested


-  TIME REQUEST: 120 minutes                                                                                                                                                                  

- TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS (audio, beamer etc): chairs for audience, beamer // i presume there will already be microphones for the sake of making a high-quality recording documentation. no amplification needed for my sake.                                                                                                                                                                                

- SPACE NECESSITY (studio size etc): small studio or lecture room

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Nefeli Oikonomou Eligible Member // Teacher
I think that the concept of deconstructing the normatively perceived and learned relationships regarding dance, its viewing and its interpretation is highly interesting. Communication and analyzing its principles is a very consequent concern that should be prevalent in discourses around dance. I would be very interested to see this proposal in the Symposium.

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