This project directly addresses key topics of ‘choreography as an expanded practice’ and an extended ‘social choreography’ ¹, both parts of a recent multi-voiced professional and research European discourse that probes the shifting contexts of choreography in contemporary society. Reminiscent of notions of the 1960s early post-modern dance era, this practice is placed in the middle of society in an era of increased complexity, encompassing financial crisis, climate change and mass migration. It extends into other artistic, scientific and cultural fields, discursively redefining choreography to accommodate choreographic strategies without necessarily relating to or resulting in ‘dance’.
Choreography is seen here for what it can produce aesthetically in certain contexts and conditions. For example, this project is closest to an extended version of social choreography ². In enacting such an extending choreography as process and product, through AMPHIBIOUS TRILOGIES we will employ open source style creative practices and research that meta-morphs contingent conditions of choreography, design fiction ² and sociology into perceptions of the literal and the littoral zones, rituals of passage and processes of transformation, and senses and expressions of oscillation and ‘landing’. This is a fluid approach that can be applied to critical issues in the contemporary world. It allows us to situate the body in the environment, to centre on dynamic movements and contexts of current societal needs, such as one on migration, climate change and social inclusion. A pond is not just a pond, nor an island an island!
AMPHIBIOUS TRILOGIES is dialogical in character. By this we mean that through an extended choreographic practice connections are made between pressing topics and needs in the world and the creative expression of ways to experience and discuss them beyond remote viewership and cold critique. Attention to the speculative and the dynamic through the works will offer other art domains ways to discuss topics such as earlier taken up in Expanded Cinema, Gene Youngblood 1970 ³, and in the Land Art of the late 1960s early 1970s.
¹ See ‘Expanded Choreography. Situations, Movements, Objects…‘, a conference on expanded choreography, 2012.
With regards to ‘social choreography’ see ‘on choreography‘ on Michael Kliën’s website.
² See ‘Fabulous forms and design fictions‘, Andrew Morrison 2013, for more about design fiction.
³ Download a PDF version of this ground breaking book .