Moves, dances and other archival practices

Iris Karayan & Betina Panagiotara

23.07 – 28.07  | 10:00 – 15:00

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The research workshop Moves, dances and other archival practices, designed and implemented by choreographer Iris Karayan and dramaturg/theorist Betina Panagiotara, explores contemporary choreographic practices and methodologies that focus on the study of the archive and its relation to the body. In which ways can narratives be embodied, and how can we reactivate and transmutate archival material through bodily practices?

Having as a starting point the performance 17 gestures forced uttered (2018) created by Iris Karayan, we will explore and apply choreographic tools of reactivation and reconstruction, while we will also study and analyze contemporary choreographic and dramaturgical practices, that deal with similar questions on the body and the archive. Our aim is to research specific ways in which archival material can be reactivated and embodied, and work closely with the participants in order to create a performance that will take place at the end of the workshop.

Our workshop emphasizes on the relation and interaction between theory and practice: exploring the ways in which these practices enter into a dialogue with one another, inform and complement each other, we have designed this research workshop drawing on our collaboration, our common interests and artistic questions.

The workshop is addressed to students and artists of the performing arts, dramaturgs, theatrologists, as well as to those who are interested in the subject of memory and the archive. Participants are invited to submit a short CV (up to 100 words) along with a short motivation letter (up to 80 words).

Iris Karayan is a dancer, choreographer and teacher based in Athens, Greece. She studied dance at the Greek State School of Dance and completed a Master of Arts in Performance and Culture at Goldsmiths College, UK. She also graduated from The American College of Greece, Deree College with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Her works have been presented in Greece and around Europe. She collaborated with the Onassis educational program, designing and leading movement and improvisation seminars for people with and without visual impairment (2013-2019). She has been teaching choreography and improvisation at professional dance schools since 2007, the University of Peloponnese, the Greek State School of Dance, Rallou Manou School of Dance. Her works and research projects have received funding from the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, the Athens and Epidaurus Festival, the Onassis Cultural Centre, and the J F Costopoulos Foundation. In 2017, she was a resident artist in SAARI, Finland, supported by the Kone Foundation. She was awarded with a Fulbright Foundation Artist Grant (2018-19) for her choreographic research and residency in New York, USA and with a Bogliasco Foundation Fellowship in 2020.

Dr. Betina Panagiotara is a researcher, dance theorist and dramaturg. Her latest research – conducted with the support of the European iDance program – focuses on cultural policies and educational practices for dance and disability, while her PhD explores collective & collaborative structures and artistic practices for contemporary dance in Greece since 2008. She teaches Dance History, collaborates with performing arts artists in dramaturgy and research, curates and organizes educational workshops. Recently, she co-curated the workshop Dramaturgy Now held at Onassis Cultural Center with the participation of dramaturgs and artists from around the world. Her interests focus on dramaturgy, cultural policy, inclusive dance, the history of contemporary dance and performance. She participates in international research conferences and has published in academic journals. She is a member of the Dance Studies Association (DSA), Springback Academy and the European Arts & Disability Cluster.

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23 – 28 July

10:00 – 15:00

Iris Karayan & Betina Panagiotara | Moves, dances and other archival practices

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