This event was held on the 4th December 2020 and the recording was available for 7 days. Please check our website for information on our upcoming events, and to find other recorded sessions.
Dancer, choreographer and researcher Farah Saleh and Professor, writer and curator André Lepecki will be in conversation about their work and research on the political body and the living archives. They will also exchange their ideas on the timely topic of remediating dance through digital platforms due to the current global condition.
The Catalytic Conversations programme invites two dance artists to join in conversation to explore their practice, their experience and anything else they would like to discuss together, and opens the doors for us to listen in. Dance Base has a long standing commitment to embracing international exchange and while one of the artsits will be based in Scotland the other will be based outside of the UK. All conversations will be hosted online and run for 60 minutes with space for 30 minutes of questions from the audience. We look forward to welcoming you along!
Farah Saleh is a Palestinian dancer and choreographer, active in Palestine, Europe and the US, and now is based inwho recently moved to Edinburgh.
She studied Linguistic and Cultural Mediation in Italy and in parallel continued her studies in contemporary dance.
Since 2010 she has taken part in local and international projects with Sareyyet Ramallah Dance Company (Palestine), the Royal Flemish Theatre (KVS) and Les Ballets C de la B (Belgium), Mancopy Dance Company (Denmark/Lebanon), Siljehom/Christophersen (Norway) and Candoco Dance Company (UK).
Saleh has also been teaching dance, coordinating and curating artistic projects since 2010 with the Palestinian Circus School, Sareyyet Ramallah and the Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival. In 2016 she co-founded the Sareyyet Ramallah Dance Summer School, which runs on a yearly basis.
In 2014 she won the third prize of the Young Artist of the Year Award (YAYA) organized by A.M. Qattan Foundation in Palestine for her installation A Fidayee Son in Moscow and in 2016, she won the dance prize of Palest’In and Out Festival in Paris for the duet La Même. Past productions include A Fidayee Son in Moscow (2014), Free Advice (2015), La Même (2016) and Cells of Illegal Education (2016).
She is currently touring with her latest productions Gesturing Refugees (2018) and What My Body Can/t Remember (2019) and is continuing her long-term research on the archive of gestures.
André Lepecki is Full Professor and Chairperson at the Department of Performance Studies at New York University.
In the 1980s and 1990s, he was dramaturge for several choreographers including Vera Mantero and Meg Stuart / Damaged Goods. He is the editor of several anthologies on dance and performance theory including Of the Presence of the Body (2004), Dance (2012), and Points of Convergence (with Marta Dziewanska, 2015). An independent performance curator, he has created projects for HKW-Berlin, MoMA-Warsaw, MoMA PS1, the Hayward Gallery, Haus der Künst-Munich, Sydney Biennial 2016, among others.
Selected lectures include the Gauss Seminar at Princeton University, Brown University, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales- Paris, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Freie Universität – Berlin, Universidade de Lisboa, Roehampton University, University of New South Wales, among many others.
He was Visiting Professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (2013) and at Stockholm University of the Arts (2014/15), author of Exhausting Dance: performance and the politics of movement (2006, published in thirteen languages), and of Singularities: dance in the age of performance (2016, Korean translation forthcoming 2021). Recipient of the AICA-US award “Best Performance” 2008 for directing and co–curating the authorized redoing of Allan Kaprow’s 18 Happenings in 6 Parts (a commission of Haus der Kunst 2006, performed also at PERFORMA 07).
Supported by Creative Scotland & Scottish Government funding