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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
More videos please!
Hello… What are you doing here?

What I Did Not Miss This Summer

At the “Kitchen Table” during the 5th IDOCDE Symposium Keith Hennessy asked for tangible stories to be shared, inviting us to connect the meta discourse we got entangled with to the real politics of daily life.

Deirdre Morris and Daniel Davis had already prepared the ground for such a sharing in their workshop “Somatic Insights into Performance with Marginalized Groups”, as participants were asked to engage from the point of contact with their own personal stories.

On the trajectory of my personal following, I have also witnessed Monica Gillette and Clint Lutes’ perspective on how we, dancers, have the potential to relate to the “different” without creating hierarchies. In their “Role Change” session, participants with and without Parkinson’s Disease we were able to be different  – all of us.

I saw Sybrig Dokter interviewing (actually audio-visually recording 3 minutes of automatic speaking on “compromise”) some of the participants as I was running to connect Adham Hafez on skype for his lecture demonstration “Olim Lacus Colueram”. Adham could not travel from Cairo to Vienna, but  still managed to lecture about multiple lives, forbidden choreographies, cultural infrastructure, and dance education; in the same studio that Nita Little’s “Listen, A Rose Arose” performance and Brigitte Wilfings’s “Becoming Europe” took place the night before.

Sunday, for me, started with Rock Paper Scissors between Inaki Azpillaga, Sri Louise, Zvi Gotheiner facilitated by Keith Hennessy. Then and there history, expertise, humour, and intensive learning were embodied… Followingly I had the chance to share my own PhD research in the Touching The (Not) Touching Panel with Michael Kimmel, Kerstin Kussmaul and Kevin O’Conner. Leaving the depths of different researches in and around Contact Improvisation behind, I dove into the unknown territories of dance teaching documentation via the “Performative Bookbinding” of the brand new digital publication: MIND THE DANCE…

As many of the participants of the 5th IDOCDE Symposium, I have missed most of the Symposium. This is a fact. I could not be in 3 studios at the same time. This is what a Symposium is, I guess… You miss, so that you continue following up... You are always left with the things you have and the things that you will never have, or maybe get to have later on in life...

Yes, I missed. I made peace with what I missed. And I decided to share what I caught. Yes, the above is the brief storyline of “my” 5th IDOCDE Symposium… I am curious of other story lines… Hence I value the documents of other participants. Hence it is so important that we continue to document in our ways –  in our words, images, movements, emotions, meanings… and share!

If you were there in ImPulsTanz this summer, please share your IDOCDE Symposium Story with us here on [1] If you cannot, do not worry!

Would we be unhappy? No! We can still reach the sessions we missed through Symposium Team’s Documentations. There are videos and facilitator reflections becoming gradually available on our idocde platform here in our Symposium Documentation Folder. And if we are really really curious and have the time, we know that all the video recordings of the sessions are available in Vienna and we can go ahead and even watch the whole symposium… Of course it would not be the same, but… isn’t it all about compromise?!


Defne Erdur

Lyon, 12.09.2017


[1] If you need help, inspiration, ideas on how to share through documentation, visit our new publication . And if you need help on how to dive deeper into MIND THE DANCE, reach us at, we can organize outreach workshops for you.