DDF News — 13 Feb 2019

Call for Papers: Modes of Capture Symposium

Call for Papers: Modes of Capture Symposium

Proposals are invited for the Modes of Capture Symposium to be held
at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at University of Limerick, 21-23 June 2019.

Modes of Capture Symposium: capturing process in contemporary dance-making

The theme of the symposium is an exploration of the various means of capturing creative process to engage with the layers, threads, fragments and memories that interweave throughout the process of dance-making. This will be situated in relationship to the possibilities afforded by the archive, including the idea of the ‘anarchive’ (Manning and Massumi), which rather than seeking to document a past event, endeavours to create a ‘feed-forward mechanism’ for process traces which continue to inform future creations, and ‘Living Archives’ (Kozel) which explores means of mobilising the archive through technology and site-related work. The symposium invites perspectives on how dance artists document process and deal with questions of transfer and legacy. Situated in Ireland, where the performative and dancing body has often been elided from mainstream narratives, this exploration has particular resonance when questioning what may be lost through prioritising the artefact over lived experience. Therefore, a key aspect of this symposium is what performers in particular can contribute to knowledge about dance-making, while at the same time, opening up channels for participants to interact outside of the boundaries of either theorist or practitioner according to a variety of logics of practice.

The event invites proposals for scholarly presentations, workshops, process showings and low-tech performances of various formats and is open to experimental or interactive modes that would intersect with the themes or processes in other ways.

The keynote presentation will be delivered on Friday 21st June by Professor Susan Kozel from the University of Malmö, Sweden on the topic of Affective Choreographies and will be followed by a performance of I/Thou by Liz Roche Company at the Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick.

A full programme of the symposium performance events will be announced in April ahead of an introductory event to the symposium during Dublin Dance Festival on Sunday 12th May.


In your submission, please highlight the key theme(s) you will be exploring. Also please identify technical or presenting requirements, bearing in mind that we cannot offer high level technical support.

Please email your abstract (300 words) and short biography (including institutional affiliation if relevant) to Jenny.Roche@ul.ie.

Proposal submission deadline: 28 February 2019
Responses will be emailed by 11 March 2019

Symposium committee: Dr Jenny Roche, Liz Roche and Dr Róisín O’Gorman.

Presented by Liz Roche Company, The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, and Dublin Dance Festival.