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Jul 2020

Public Talk #2 | Laboratory of the Absent Body

/ ora 19:00 / 1h 30 min

The ‘performative’ pandemics and ‘art-tools’ for the living

Speakers: Vera Mantero 🇵🇹, dancer and choreographer, in conversation with Manuel Pelmuș 🇷🇴, artist and choreographer

Moderator: Adriana Gheorghe 🇷🇴

In the context of exploring scenarios for the ‘absent body’ on stage and in reality, that may revive the meaning of performing arts and simultaneously acknowledge the potential to rethink our way of existing, we invite the perspective of artists active in choreography and performance in the most hybrid and ‘contemporary’ understanding of the notion of performing arts.

This panel will address if and how could the performing arts, while mirroring the pandemics so well, be not only an absorber but also initiate a way back now that there is an opening in the reconfiguration of society and reality and performativity works at exactly this level.

What if we use performative insight, as thinking and acting methodology, to approach all the topics of the 𝐋𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐚𝐛𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐛𝐨𝐝𝐲 | 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐞𝐭 𝐬𝐜𝐞𝐧𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐨𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐬, #CMA2020 , from Body in isolation. Common body; Hybrid forms; Rethink and Reframe. to Sustainability etc.

Which of its specifics (facing the literal unknown and the crisis/event like quality –to name only the obvious ones) could get us closer to any potential change in the notions of creation, production and dissemination or in the relation to the market-driven and state-policing reality and its capturing language? And who is ‘us’? How could this affect the roles of the producer, disseminator, cultural worker? What kind of ‘implementing’ it needs?

Last but not least, the elephant in the room, the relationship with the digital/virtual, a double hybridity accelerated due to the pandemic crisis: how can performative thinking influence this new public space?

The event will take place in English and will be live-streamed on our Facebook page.


CMA is a cultural project co-financed by AFCN – The Administration of the National Cultural Fund. The project does not necessarily represent the position of the Administration of the National Cultural Fund. The Administration of the National Cultural Fund is not responsible for the content of the project or the manner in which the results of the project may be used. These are entirely the responsibility of the funding recipient.