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making place for making place
Nancy Stark Smith
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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 September Issue


Dear Member of the IDOCDE Community,

This is the first Editorial written in the aftermath of the 7th IDOCDE symposium Tracing Forwards –––––––– intersecting (somatic) legacies and future (art) practices. Some thank yous are in order. Following, team IDOCDE is saying goodbye to a core team member, saying hello to core team member, and reporting on an overall restructuring of the core team. In closing, read the overdue specification for the symposium* raffle: your chance to win a MIKME easy-to-use BLUETOOTH microphone.

*eligible for the raffle are all those who attended the 7th IDOCDE symposium.


A great, fat, juicy, drippy, sweet-smelling THANK YOU is due to every contributor, every assistent, every volunteer, every participant, every workshop-office employee, every ImPulsTanz festival supporter of the IDOCDE symposium who has helped manifest the 25 hour long event that was the 7th IDOCDE symposium. We––literally––couldn’t have done it without you.

It was only in the aftermath of the symposium, which came over my body like long-haul jet-lag, that I began to understand what it was that we’ve done; that I began to understand just how much was at stake. The community that started to appear in the early hours of the morning: the sleeping through lectures, the walking around with toothbrushes and toothpaste, the patient support witnessed through delayed set-ups and unexpected draw-backs; all that and more without losing focus and concentration, without losing interest in the argument––however complex and challenging it may be. It was in that complexity and intensity of the experience that we started “walking the talk,” I felt. It was in that complexity that we’ve started caring for the intellectual and the spiritual and the emotional, the human in the professional, and the professional in the human.

And though a great achievement, in many ways it was also only a possible start of a different politic, a potentially anti-capitalist politic, a potentially anti-colonial politic, a potential politic that is not resistant to conflict, but is yet to learn how to embrace, process, and learn from conflict.
Thank you to everyone who participated.

Remember, you can still contribute to The Somatic NOTEbook project. And you can still upload idocs containing reflections and impressions of the symposium. You can also write us an email at Every bit of information counts as it helps us help you bring about content that matters.

Cheers! And until next year!



Eszter Gál, team coordinator since 2013, has stepped down from her position starting this fall. Eszter will remain a supporting figure, something of an external advisor, following IDOCDE’s future endeavours and projects. Thank you, Eszter, for all your time, all the intellectual, emotional, and spiritual labour you’ve invested in IDOCDE and the many projects IDOCDE engaged in over the years: LEAP, REFLEX, Mind the Dance, and the IDOCDE symposiums.

Dilek Üstünalan has joined the IDOCDE team just ahead of the 7th IDOCDE symposium in the place of the technology coordinator. Welcome Dilek to the team!

Defne Erdur, who has blessed––and driven––the IDOCDE website with her editorial skills, has now assumed the position of the IDOCDE Ambassador. Defne has been and will continue to travel, attend dance festivals and conferences concerned with the notion and the practice of dance, choreography, pedagogy, and contact improvisation (to name but a few of our interests), as a representative of IDOCDE. Her work continues to draw people’s attention to the work of IDOCDE, both off and online, and continues to enrich and widen our reach: all in the benefit of the IDOCDE community.

Which leaves me, pavleheider, who is, for the time being, taking up the role of the sole editor of the IDOCDE website. I say “for the time being” because hopefully it won’t take long before the website gets what it deserves, a new co-editor. You, the members of the community, might notice the change of editorial style, and might have feelings about it: I welcome your feedback. My plan, which I will introduce in more detail in the next IDOCDE Editorial, is to take time this fall to learn what it is that the IDOCDE website is most used for at the moment. I will share with you, the community, at least one survey, and ask you to answer my questions. Remember, the primary provider of content for this website is its community. The primary benefactor of this website is, you guessed it, its community. My question is: what kind of resources do you need and how can I help create the conditions which creates the resource and makes it available to you?




To enter the raffle, upload an idoc with your answers to as little as one and as many as all six The Somatic NOTEbook questions and upload the idoc into the invitation to continue where The Somatic NOTEbook left off folder. Additionally, you can answer the question

What is, in your experience, the value of the IDOCDE symposium in the context of the ImPulsTanz Dance Festival?

For more detailed instructions, please follow the link.

The deadline to enter the raffle is SEPTEMBER 20, 2019.



I hope this September finds you well,
That the academic year isn’t hitting too hard
And that you’re managing to do your work with love and devotion.

A Heartfelt Greeting from the North,
pavleheidler for Team IDOCDE