EDN Atelier “DANCE & UTOPIA: IMAGINING AND PRACTISING POSSIBLE FUTURES” at STUK Leuven · Draft programme

EDN ATELIER: DANCE & UTOPIA: IMAGINING AND PRACTISING POSSIBLE FUTURES
STUK-HOUSE FOR DANCE, IMAGE AND SOUND LEUVEN
19-21 DECEMBER 2016

Every two years, KU(N)ST Leuven, an initiative of the KU Leuven University and the City of Leuven, presents a citywide project centred on a specific theme in which art and academia nurture each other. After the last edition’s focus on Vesalius, the attention turns on Thomas More. An appropiate timing since 2016 will mark exactly 500 years since More published his celebrated book Utopia in Leuven. For three months, Leuven will be in the grip of Utopia. The festival brings together a wide range of cultural partners in Leuven and presents an array of exhibitions, city walks, lectures, performances and community projects.

Within this unique framework, STUK-House for Dance, Image and Sound will examine how artists and more in particular choreographers, relate to the theme of Utopia today. What strategies do they employ in depicting a possible future together? Can embodied practices play a role in achieving that picture? And how can elements of participation and co-creation be used to further engage the public in this process?

In response to these questions we invite two artists/collectives to our stage who deal with these matters in peculiar ways: Michiel Vandervelde with 21st Century and the premiere of Our Times and Amanda Piña and Daniel Zimmermann with Dance and Resistance. Connected to the artistic program, we will explore the above mentioned questions further in the frame of an EDN Atelier, gathering artistic directors, programmers, dramaturges, audience mediators, artists and students.

www.utopialeuven.be/en

CALENDAR

Monday 19 December

18:00 h. Atelier opening & reception in presence of the curatorial team of Utopia, local representatives and partners in Leuven (At Museum M).

Tuesday 20 December

10:00 h. Private guided tour by co-curator Annelies Vogels at the central exhibition in search of Utopia + Optional visit Yto Barrada (At Museum M). www.utopialeuven.be/en/explore-expo-m / www.utopialeuven.be/en/program/detail/yto-barrada

14:00h. Atelier: The commons revisited, dance as a communal and collaborative practice (At STUK Verbeeckzaal).

17:00 h. Installation: 21 century, by Michiel Vandervelde (ongoin) (At Box office STUK)

19:00 h. Show: Dance and Resistance: Endangered Human Movements (vol. 2), by Amanda Piña & Daniel Zimmermann (At STUK Soetezaal). www.stuk.be/nl/programma/dance-and-resistance-endangered-human-movements-vol2

20:30 h. Show: Our Times, by Michiel Vandervelde + aftertalk (At STUK Studio). www.stuk.be/nl/programma/our-times

Wednesday 21 December

10:00 h. Atelier: The ABC of participation, by Demos + sharing of best practices and case-studies (At STUK Verbeeckzaal). www.demos.be/english

14:00 h. Atelier: The (micro-)politics of dance and embodied practices (At STUK Verbeeckzaal).

– Lecture: The Political Party & Questions, Questions, Questions, by Michiel Vandervelde
– Lecture: Go and talk to your government, Talk to your jaguar, by Amanda Piña
– Discussion led by Danae Theodoridou

17:00 h. Round group (At STUK Verbeeckzaal)

17:00 h. Installation: 21 century, by Michiel Vandervelde (ongoin) (At Box office STUK)

19:00 h. Show: Dance and Resistance: Endangered Human Movements (vol. 2), by Amanda Piña & Daniel Zimmermann (At STUK Soetezaal). www.stuk.be/nl/programma/dance-and-resistance-endangered-human-movements-vol2

20:30 h. Show: Our Times, by Michiel Vandervelde + aftertalk (At STUK Studio). www.stuk.be/nl/programma/our-times

It is possible to attend to both shows Dance and Resistance and Our Times in the same day.

The contents of the programme might change in the following weeks.