Posts Tagged ‘masculinity’

Movement Research Studies Project Podcast Published: Reflexive Association: Keying from Symbol, Archetype, and Faith.

“Reflexive Association: Keying from Symbol, Archetype, and Faith.” Presented by Jef Johnson as part of the Movement Research Studies Project: Symposium on Masculinity and Embodied Practice


Listen to the Podcast here: http://traffic.libsyn.com/movementresearch/Jef_Johnson-Reflexive_Association_FINAL.mp3

Envisioned and Moderated by Ben Spatz
July 29, 2010
Medicine Show Theatre

The symposium included several paper presentations, speakers, and performances. This paper is “Reflexive Association: Keying from Symbol, Archetype, and Faith.” and was presented by Jef Johnson.

Studies Project is an artist-curated series of panel discussions, performances and/or other formats that focus on provocative and timely issues of aesthetics and philosophy in the intersection of dance and social politics, confronting and instigated by the dance and performance community.

Movement Research Studies Project Podcast Published: Symposium on Masculinity and Embodied Practice.

“The Bully and the Bitch: Pro Wrestling and Drag as Spectacles for Gendering the Audience.” Presented by John Stoltenberg as part of the Movement Research Studies Project: Symposium on Masculinity and Embodied Practice

Listen to the Podcast here: http://traffic.libsyn.com/movementresearch/John_Stoltenberg-The_Bully_and_the_Bitch_FINAL.mp3

Symposium Envisioned and Moderated by Ben Spatz
July 29, 2010
Medicine Show Theatre

The symposium included several paper presentations, speakers, and performances. This paper is “The Bully and the Bitch: Pro Wrestling and Drag as Spectacles for Gendering the Audience.” and was presented by John Stoltenberg.

Studies Project is an artist-curated series of panel discussions, performances and/or other formats that focus on provocative and timely issues of aesthetics and philosophy in the intersection of dance and social politics, confronting and instigated by the dance and performance community.

To view program of the symposium visit:

http://www.urbanresearchtheater.com/pdf/m&ep_pgm.pdf

Movement Research Studies Project Podcast Published: Symposium on Masculinity and Embodied Practice.

Excerpts and documentation of Making Men, a series of videos and installations presented by Susan Mar Landau as part of the Movement Research Studies Project: Symposium on Masculinity and Embodied Practice

http://traffic.libsyn.com/movementresearch/Susan_MarLandau_-_Making_Men_FINAL.mp3


Moderated by Ben Spatz
July 29, 2010
Medicine Show Theatre

The symposium included several paper presentations, speakers, and performances. Excerpts and documentation of Making Men, a series of videos and installations was presented by Susan Mar Landau.

Studies Project is an artist-curated series of panel discussions, performances and/or other formats that focus on provocative and timely issues of aesthetics and philosophy in the intersection of dance and social politics, confronting and instigated by the dance and performance community.

To view program from the symposium visit:

http://www.urbanresearchtheater.com/pdf/m&ep_pgm.pdf

Masculinity and Embodied Practice

Video with interview and clips from the symposium.

http://vimeo.com/14096802

Thanks to Ivo for making this video!

Ben Spatz
Artistic Director
Urban Research Theater
MR-AIR 2010-2012

masculinity as a lineage of technique

Tomorrow is the symposium on Masculinity and Embodied Practice. Apart from a problem with the digital projector, everything is going smoothly, and I am looking forward to an extremely interesting set of paper, presentations, and performances.

In my academic work, I am trying to re-theorize “technique” as something much deeper and more complicated than is usually assumed. Given how fundamental technique is in the performing arts, it is surprising how little it has been theorized. As far as I know, Foucault is the only major theorist to have written extensively on bodily techniques, and that from a perspective of domination and social networks of power rather than on the craft developed by practitioners of embodied forms.

A word, then, about masculinity as technique.

Let us compare masculinity with ballet. There are many iconic images of ballet, but ballet is not fundamentally an image. Nor is it fundamentally a language, even though some aspects of ballet seem to work like semiotics. Once upon a time, in Euro culture, ballet was dance and dance was ballet. Ballet, then, is the name for what people used to do when they danced. It also names a complex legacy of teachers and students, performers and choreographers, painters and royalty.

What if masculinity is not a single role or image, not a biological category, and not a universal signifier… but rather, like ballet, a powerful historical and formerly hegemonic lineage of embodied technique?

Ben Spatz
Artistic Director
Urban Research Theater
MR-AIR 2010-2012

Call for proposals: MASCULINITY AND EMBODIED PRACTICE. Proposals due June 12, 2010.

Urban Research Theater,  in partnership with the Movement Research Studies Project Series, will host a Symposium on

MASCULINITY AND EMBODIED PRACTICE
THURSDAY JULY 29, 2010
at Medicine Show Theater, 549 West 52nd Street

Submit your proposal now! Proposals are due by June 12, 2010.

Click here for full description and proposal guidelines:
www.urbanresearchtheater.com/pdf/m&ep_cfp.pdf

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