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reflections on the 2022 IDOCDE symposium
The April Issue – symposium description is here
The March Issue
The February Issue
The November Issue
making place for making place
Nancy Stark Smith
The May Issue: Onwards with IDOCDE!
IDOCDE Virtual Meetings starting soon!
The December Issue
The September Issue
on symposium scheduling and languaging against the odds
on beaver dams and the 7th IDOCDE symposium
in lieu of transparency, approaching the 2019 IDOCDE symposium
Tracing Forwards –––––– the question of (human) nature
New Year, New Symposium, New Story
Tradition, Evolution and Diversity – Share Your Legacy
updates, updates, updates
... how many hours in a day
The Cassiopeia score and other matters; power, pedagogy, and the imparting of knowledge
revelations, reflections, confessions; post-symposium update
Months Bleed into New Months
Martin's Alphabet
You are here – I am here
Something New
Ashes to Ashes, Water to Words
Le vierge, le vivace et le bel aujourd'hui ... [1]
a fictional season
on beauty: an unexpected debate
What I Did Not Miss This Summer
I Can Not Not Move. Can You?
IN THE SPACE OF STUDY – notes on The Legacy Project and the 2017 IDOCDE Symposium
Scores for Rest
Everlasting Words
what you give will remain yours forever
the limit of the limitless
What can dance bring to culture?
Documentation and Identity – New lives of memories...
Solo thinking does not exist
The Importance of Being [Un]Necessary
Hot Stones Notwithstanding
Documenting what is in a flux
Symposium Preparations Under Way
Moving images are often read as “the truth”...
The Technology Coordinator
Potential for Relationship, Subversion and Emergence
A quantum LEAP to REFLEX
Abundance of Exchange – no me but for you!
Teaching Form[less]?
Questioning it all?
After a few months of ephemerality…
Failing Successfully!
Her sweet boredom…
teaching dance, flying airplanes and surgery procedures
re-creation – by the writing dance teacher
Revisiting Our Reality
The End
Roll the bones!
And now?
Treasure Hunt
News from the Arsenal
Body time & Politics
Morning training opening at K3
Symposium 2013 Vienna
Time is ticking...
"If tomatoes are a fruit, isn't ketchup...
Symposium 2013: Call for proposals
Teaching at ImPulsTanz: Call for applications
idocde meeting Stolzenhagen August 13-17, 2012
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The Importance of Being [Un]Necessary

We are ready to play! Counting down… Another Symposium down the slope of time! In times of turmoil, unrest, bewilderment, instability what is better than coming together and connecting -- not feeling lonely?!

Following Kerstin Kussmaul’s (NZ/AT/DE) line of thinking; wandering into dancing and discussing; questioning, answering, and sharing, then eating and drinking together. Drawing from the Ancient Greeks’ practice of Symposia as a sharing of insight, as a celebration of intent and community; how can one not agree with Claudia Kappenberg (UK/DE) that today the arts need to develop modern rituals, which celebrate idleness and uselessness. Benno Voorham (NL/SE) seems to agree; as he continuously taps into the politics of dance and dance-education East and West, whereas Paula Kramer (DE) wonders what we need and desire to hone our abilities of moving, dancing, being with and responding to this world?

Before we go deeper in thinking and reflecting Trude Cone (NL) reminds us that we need a fine-tuning into the body and the upcoming mental and physical workouts, as if she heard Deirdre Morris (US) as she proposed somatic generosity, in seeking place for explorations of vulnerability, empathetic listening and subjective awareness.  

In another corner Elisabeth Löfer, maRia Probst, Christian Apschner, Cornelia Scheuer (AT) are already leaving the assumption of a relatively homogenic professional dancer’s body, whereas Dorka Farkas (HU) is modelling possible approaches for leading a group for people with different abilities. And David Bloom (DE/US) takes any body into an interactive discussion to focus on the integration of conscious sexuality practices such as Tantra and BDSM into contemporary dance education. On the other end of the line Jasmin Hofer (AT) is proposing a practice inspired by worms. What impact do the earthworms have on the ecology?

Before anyone else, I want to ask about the relation of ecology to the consequences of technology. What impact do media images have on our ecology? Too late; Meryl Murman (US) & Tarren Johnson (US) are already carrying a physical laboratory and open dialogue around embodying sensationalized media images. And Jochem Naafs (NL) is getting ready to take the flag with associative texts and objects into a performance that is discursive and poetic, formal and informal, necessary and unnecessary.

And when things get overwhelming and start risking to be boring (as Jonathan Burrows says “too much good can be boring”), Peter Pleyer (DE) jumps in! What a chief!? His Kitchen Table is a setting for an open discussion about any topic stirring in the Symposium pot promising to feed & refresh us for the Cinematic Premiere of the new IDOCDE initiative – The Legacy Project hosted by Pavle Heidler (SE/HR).

Then we go to sleep!

To wake up to a new day with Galaad Le Goaster (FR); a flavourful, early morning, breakfast time treat of tuning awareness, welcoming weight, and attending to sensation… Then we will be stimulated by Shannon Cooney (US/BE) starting from where we left the nite before; a Moveable Cinema; heightening visual perception, in parallel universes with (Ex)change Perspective laboratory of Andrea Keiz (DE). Underneath it all, Martin Streit (DE) will be teasing us into video documentation. In another facility, Anouk Llaurens (NL) will be inviting to revisit/replay one’s own dance through drawing. As pens move Reflex Outreach scores and thoughts around artistic documentation will be flying all around the globe in the future. As postmen run around, Gabriela Zuarez (NL/ AR) will be visiting Argentinian dance community, Liz King (AT/UK), Lucy Suggate (UK), Gill Hart (UK) will be dancing in museums and Kerstin Kussmaul (NZ/AT/DE) will be getting us lost in the labyrinths of the Autonomous Nervous System as facia will be the story teller of the in between.

Don’t worry if you fly too high above these abstract worlds, we will anchor you with ordinary words -- in extraordinary conversations! Ulla Mäkinen (FI) and Frey Faust (US) will be highlighting the capacity of language around Axis Syllabus. In another dialogue; in relation to the politics and pedagogy of Contact Improvisation, Defne Erdur (TR) and Nancy Stark Smith (US) will be pinpointing the importance of documentation for the work to be discovered & announced by multitude of voices.  

Before the Symposium team ask for your feedbacks, Corinne Jola (UK) will be focusing on feedback practice in dance and how it can inform other feedback cultures, just before Benoît Lachambre (CAN) and Nita Little (US) will be feedbacking on the theme of the Symposium from the perspective of their work, and to react to the other’s response before opening the dialogue towards all participants.

Taking a deep breath as we come to the end of the Symposium, we will close the curtains with Romain Bigé (FR) presenting what he calls ‘the artist’s privilege to displace the borders between what should be noticed and what should not’ and will keep on dancing behind the curtains! Nancy Stark Smith (US) will take us to the harvest of the Underscore as we celebrate The Importance of Being [Un]Necessary!

Yes, it has been a joyfully challenging year for the IDOCDE Symposium Team -- the amazing propositions compiled into this flow of abundance as a result.

We hope you will also be as joyful in following this challenging marathon! As Kerstin Kusmaull would say “Join us as we jump down the rabbit hole and seek embodied knowledge – concerning bodily experience, politics, and art; concerning the playful being precisely articulated.”

With curiosity and enthusiasm,

Defne Erdur

İstanbul 14th July, 2016