May 20, 2PM

Coffee & Conversation | Dancing Between the Lines: The Art of De-Scribing


Through an exploration of the sets of instructions and notational systems that guide and regulate bodily movement in Chunaengmu, a form of nineteenth-century Korean court dance, Suki Seokyeong Kang’s Black Mat Oriole considers choreography as a concept and practice through which movement is articulated. During a choreographed tour of Kang’s exhibition, participants will move through the exhibition space and produce a notational system that explores the relationship between bodily movement and inscription. In what ways does choreography permit or restrain resistances, disruptions, and improvisations? Is it possible to locate force in the iterative character of choreographed movement? And what does it mean to remain still? We will also think about Kang’s interest in the inscription of movement in relation to the use of various pictorial and linguistic notational systems in American performance and postmodern dance including Anna Halprin’s pictorial dance scores, Yvonne Rainer’s exploration of task-based movement, and the use of scores in Allan Kaprow’s 18 Happenings in 6 Parts (1959). Through a consideration of description, both as the writing down of movement (the score or instruction) and the reproduction of movement (photography, film, video), we will also think about what it means to de-scribe movement, or to move away from inscription, and dance between the lines.

This event is free and open to all; register here.

ISABELLE LYNCH is a first-year doctoral student in History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania where she is specializing in contemporary time-based art including film, video, dance, and performance. She holds an MA in Art History from McGill University in Montreal and has worked at numerous arts organizations including The Polygon Gallery, the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, the National Gallery of Canada, and the Icelandic Art Center.

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