9 Dec 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT Changed to Monday 5.00pm


Unfortunately this talk has been cancelled due to speaker illness. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Gabriele Brandstetter (Professor Theatre and Dance Studies, Freie Universität, Berlin)

In conversation with  
Lucia Ruprecht (MML, Cambridge) and
Lars Maagerø (Norwegian Theatre Director,University of Kent)

Chaired by Clare Foster (CRASSH, University of Cambridge)

Professor Brandstetter discusses the curation of her current exhibition on dance and archive at the 'Academy of the Arts' (Berlin) in cooperation with the Freie Universität: 'What the Body Remembers’ (Aug 24th to Sept 21st 2019), part of The Century of Dance.

The legacy and heritage of dance is immaterial. Yet contemporary dancers and choreographers build on an incredibly rich and powerful modern history, covering more or less the entire 20th century. Artists such as Isadora Duncan, Mary Wigman and Valeska Gert stand for emancipation, for liberation from gender roles, for utopian awakenings, political appropriation, and resistance against societal conventions. Post-war modernism behaved in similar ways, be it dance theatre in Germany, Butoh in Japan, modern and postmodern dance in the United States or contemporary dance in France and Belgium. Each contributes to The Century of Dance, a subject (seen from the perspective of Germany and Europe) to which Berlin's Akademie der Künste is dedicating an exhibition,festival, an international campus and a book publication.



Since 2008 Professor Gabriele Brandstetter has co-directed the major international research project Interweaving Performance Cultures. Her research interests include the history and aesthetics of dance from the 18th century until today, theatre and the avant-garde; performance, theatricality and gender; and concepts of body, movement and image.

Dr Lucia Ruprecht is a Fellow of Emmanuel College and an affiliated Lecturer at the Section of German and Dutch, University of Cambridge. She has published widely on dance, literature, and film, most recently 'Gestural Imaginaries: Dance and Cultural Theory in the Early Twentieth Century' (OUP, 2019).

Lars Harald Maagerø is a Norwegian director of theatre and opera. His work includes productions of Mozarts Don Giovanni and Cosi fan tutte at Oslo Opera Festival, and outdoor productions of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Twelfth Night with Thesbiteatret in Tønsberg, Norway. He is currently in the final stages as a PhD-student at the University of Kent. His thesis is on plays by Shakespeare, Ibsen and Brecht in contemporary directors’ theatre.

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