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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?

Abundance of Exchange – no me but for you!

Participants at the 3rd idocde symposium“In the times of political unrest it is quite a challenge to be an artist.” I reached out for advice from Keith Hennessy as I was receiving sad violent news from my country - just around the 3rd Symposium of IDOCDE.  “And then one person's news is another person's life or country or body!” he started to reply, as he continued with an advise of not keeping silent. And Kerstin Kussmaul made the cry heard at her opening speech of Teaching Form[less]? -- hoping for creating change ourselves in the times of political unrest all around the world...

In another time Nita Little was already discussing the “dangerous potential” we have against “the system” as the dancers; informed of our bodies and movement as ways of knowing -- to be spoken to culture. As we are always emergent and we come from nowhere...  “Between absence and presence there lays the potential, where we start to make decision about what we see, how we see, if we see” adds Nita “and if you can make decisions about your attention, then you are dangerous. Perceptual decisions change the possibilities of action. Decisions are critical on what you think that exists.” 

All of which emerged following the question “At what point do we start recognizing form?” and continued till the time was up as the conversation was getting further into relationality of our work; i.e.  “we are ecological beings, since there’s no me but for you” and how we give value to “time” as dance artists and teachers.

All this was after Sabine Parzer’s session where she was also proposing to play with a “pelvic clock” to initiate spine ondulations and Christy Funsch shared 100 Prompts she offered to create 100 days long of prompts to support Rowena Richie’s curiosity and just before the symposium participants started to discuss about “time” at the “Kitchen Table” almost helping me -Defne Erdur- to get ready for my Sunday session “Embodying Time”.

Yet, just before all that, Marie Chabert was leading the Idocdeistas into fine-tuning into their body and the upcoming mental and physical workouts and Kira Kirsch & Antoine Ragot were investigating Arabesque towards multiple modes of movement. Tamás Bakó & Zsuzsa Rózsavölgyi were already getting ready for forming improvisation sensations and Susan Bentley was putting up a sign-up sheet for pole “being and doing sexy”.

Followingly, news and gossips of the sessions were already spreading around the symposium corridors. It was becoming clear that there is a common need to investigate how we as dance teachers can support students/artists to meet the various needs and demands of the changing society. And Ulla Mäkinen had her share in “TALK” investigating into what this may mean in dance and dance teaching.

As Nita was already talking about decisions during “The Politics of Formlessness”, Benno Voorham in parallel timing was giving emphasis to choice making and strategies to break down the influence and impact of music on dancers.

Not everybody was attending all these sessions. The Oriental Roomwas hosting some new arriving, transitioning symposiumers. They could have a little chat next to the tea samovar and even take a short nap before jumping in the refreshing and stimulating waters of the pool of Teaching Form[less]?

Some of the volunteers were also not present then and there; since they had to chop some onions and carrots for the Indian dhal dinner that Rakesh Sukesh prepared for all the participants to be enjoyed right after the Kitchen Table discussion.

There was plenty of the dal and the great rice, but those dancers willing to join Sybrig Dokter’sFood for the Day” session on Sunday morning left early. And for those who were willing to do “Nothing” on Sunday; Mariella Greil, Kerstin Kussmaul and Sylvia Scheidl were ready to offer their research on “nothing”… Whereas Gregory Chevalier & Michael O’Conner decided to share their ongoing researches in the spontaneously opened space for “Sharing Practices” -- then and there anatomy & touch opened space for music & drawing into dancing.

No, no; dancing was never enough! We had to be “fast and furious” to fit in the schedule thanks to Gretchen Dunn, Liisa Pentti and Francesco Scavetta. Time and again, for us dancers performing and finding different forms to communicate is never enough either. So we had Pavle Heidler giving a practice based seminar on recognition as Rachel Boggia, Annie Kloppenberg and Meredith Lyons were embodying logics and aesthetic in a performance, workshop and research platform. Where as Susanne Marx, Barbara Meneses and Jesus de Vega were utilizing the projector (that Kurt Mosetter used the first day to give a lecture on the famous fascia- connecting us all over) to sharing & sharpening their tools for teaching contemporary dance to children based on the work of choreographers Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten.

As we were slowly slothing with Mira Mutka and approaching towards the end of the Symposium; tête–à–tête meetings on a carpet ride started to take place. Einav Katan, Nita Little, Francesco Scavetta, Kerstin Kussmaul, Defne Erdur and many others were interviewing each other for deeper digging in the studies, projects and ideas... that were launched off by Shelley Senter and Ismael Ivo’s triggering thoughts at the very Opening and had been bounced here and there during the full days of the Symposium that were so gracefully hosted by Olivia Schellander and the volunteers.

As Campfire lit by Matthew Smith and Shelley Senter, blown by Nicole Berndt-Caccivio, Symposium Team and all the participants feels like still burning in our bodies and minds as we leave the ImPulsTanz grounds... We feel lucky to have to share the ongoing burnings... 

Yes, yes, the ones who needed more support to dive into the idocde website and documentation world got their playful inquiry at the “Treasure Hunt” facilitated by Eszter Gal and Martin Streit. We hope the inspiration was there. If that was not enough, we remind you the joy of idocde sharings that were witnessed the very first day of the Symposium; i.e. the fruits of the IDOCDE and the LEAP projects : LEAP teaching residencies “Surprise Yourself!” and “The Choreography of Documentation”.

Keep your words, images, videos and creative documentation skills up – more projects are arising out of this Documentation World of Wonders... And there is already 1000 users of idocde awaiting your news... “And then one person's news is another person's life or country or body!” and we shall keep connected since in our world “we are ecological beings, since there’s no me but for you”.

And as Michael Obrist also hinted in the Closing on Contemporary Architecture, life and around means of creating life with/in objects: isn’t it a search for freedom out of the forms, the co-existence of negotiating subjects as a constant disappearance of all objects, all you for protection is in the ground”?


Defne Erdur  August 6th, 2015

Bouyon - France