Welcome to Dancehouse,
Dancehouse is Australia's premier centre for independent dance. We are a site for developing challenging, invigorating and socially engaged moving art. Our role is threefold: to advance independent dance artists, to build dance audiences, and to develop the art form itself. Our programs generate a kaleidoscope of opportunities and sit at a confluence of circulations: of makers, ideas, spaces, contexts, publics, disciplines and territories.
The great thing about conversing with Bojana Cvejic is that everything is remarkably profound, nuanced and uncompromising. Over the course of our discussion, we dwelled on the idea of choreography as the astute organisation of dynamic processes, which can generate political agency and lead to performing citizenship.
Coincidentally, the biennial Tanznacht in Berlin focused its program specifically on the forms that movement takes today, which can result in new perspectives on a societal sense of togetherness. Text and speech, age and the aging body, other disciplines and economies of time are seen as 'companions', alliances that are sought out to enable dance and performance as a social art form. I witnessed interrogations on space seen as an organism, genuine reflections on how to liberate the artists from the chains of production without over-celebrating the artist—the institution no longer seen by the artist as a terrain of deep distrust but as a site that offers possibilities. I was impressed with the utter contextual critical awareness of the artists and the various sites (physical, written or digital) some had shaped up in order to stimulate this togetherness.
All this brought me back to Bojana's thoughts on how we might experiment today with this other 'being together'—trans-individuation rather then selfie-isation of our selves. I wondered, like her, why artists still fail to see the power they have to replace the mediators and activate those sites with political and economic agency as well as critical thinking to feed the political consciousness of being today in society. Of course, it would take political education, a type of authorship with thorough mechanisms for self-reflection and self- criticism embedded, and a certain type of attention and urgency to creatively and actively attune us to the world we are part of. 'Between what is no longer and what is not yet', to quote the title of a Tanznacht work by the flamboyant Juan Dominguez, more is possible but it is already happening.
~ Angela Conquet