James Leach chairing Choreographic Objects: revisited. Photo: Thomas Lenden
Inside Movement Knowledge (IMK) Lab #4 again overlapped with the Springdance Festival for its annual conference. This year the conference was chaired by Social Anthropologist James Leach and was titled “Choreographic Objects: revisited and after live of IMK”.
Choreographic objects was the title and focus of a series of three workshops (Oct-2008, Jan-2009 and Apr-2009) supported by The Beyond Text programme of the Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK. The workshops centring on the output of four research teams working in collaboration with the choreographers William Forsythe, Siobhan Davies, Wayne McGregor and Emio Greco | PC. They make up part of the wider context of Inside Movement Knowledge. James Leach was the Principle Investigator for Choreographic Objects, and he was invited back to conduct interviews with the IMK Research Groups and chair this session.
Conference in Hekmanfoyer at the Stadsschouwburg Utrecht. Photo: Thomas Lenden
Both Scott deLahunta and Norah Zuniga Shaw presented the recent outcome of the research projects they had been working on with Wayne McGregor and William Forsythe (the eruption of the volcano in Iceland had caused the cancellation of flights of participant Bebe Miller from The Ohio State University and Sarah Whatley from Coventry University). Their presentations were followed by a discussion of the impact these projects can have on the field which transitioned into a ‘brain storming’ conversation called “the after live of IMK” which included the following points: 1. opportunities and places to meet; 2. education trajectories; 3. publications; 4. new artistic production; 5. interdisciplinary research; 6. other desired outcomes