“What is a personal archive?”
Answers from panelists Ginelle Chagnon, Nora Chipaumire, Melanie Demers and Amerigo Pugliese
Recorded and dited by: Maria Popova
19/08/2018: Museo Civico
What is your personal archive?
Is an archive something static, or is it shifting?
How do we remember?
What makes us who we are?
What does it mean to deny your personal archive?
5 questions on “What is a personal archive?” written by: Dylan Boswell and Emily Snow
19/08/2018: Museo Civico
As invited guests from Leeds Beckett University, Dylan Boswell and Emily Snow observed the Performing Gender discussion between five dramaturges and chaired by Peggy Olislaegers. Collaboratively, they have collated their questions from the session.
What is the definition of success?
Is failure an option?
What do we define as risk?
Is risk manageable?
Can you say what your title is out loud?
Choreographic Research Week with Dramaturg Merel Heering
Written by: Maria Popova and Stephanie Donohoe
19/08/2018: Piazza Guadagnin
The Choreographic Research Week Kicked off with a collective and collaborative warm up in which the selection of choreographers proposed a movement exercise each as an introduction to both, themselves and their own practice. This felt like a wonderful way to assert ownership over the studio space, allowing each individual to “arrive” and inhabit the room in which they will be creating, moving and discussing in over the following week. With the facilitation of Merel, some ground-rules were set up for a safe, nurturing and open working environment, this was followed by a discussion around Dramaturgy and Personal Archive. Four pertinent questions seemed to jump out of this conversation:
How do we overcome moments that are lost in translation?
Can we rely on something other than language to make sense of an alternative perspective?
What are the conditions for a good conversation?
How do we listen to another person without presuming that you know what they are going to say?
Written by: Dylan Boswell, Stephanie Donohoe, Maria Popova, Emily Snow
20/08/2018: Museo Civico
‘‘Discovering differences in the personal archive’
Led by Peggy Olislaegers with Monica Gillette and Merel Heering.
Physical practice: Giorgia Nardin, Chiara Bersani, Teita Iwabuchi.
Panel discussion: Selamawit Biruk, Sangeeta Isvaran, Satchie Noro.
Collectively reflecting on how we (Leeds Beckett Writers) share our archives with others, considering what is needed in order to share them and the lens through which our archives are seen (or received) by others.
Identity and Individuality are terms which have been created recently. What do they mean for society and dance practices?
How do you move away from the representations that are placed upon you? Is this something you choose to embrace?
What degree of intimacy is needed to share our personal/living archive?
How do we keep our archive safe?
How can we strike a balance between the differences in our archives?
Morning Session – Discovering Differences
20/08/2018: Museo Civico
Written by Maria Popova
Today we participated in three wonderful workshops by Giorgia Nardin, Chiara Bersani and Teita Iwabuchi, this was followed by a panel discussion and collective conversation with all participants of the festival. From this morning’s session, we have compiled a collection of words that sprung out as significant, important and key to the dialogue:
I is multiple
Made up of composites
I See myself in others
There is no singular truth
Stuck between two cultures
We must identify
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Day 3 – 21/08/2018
Written by: Dylan Boswell, Stephanie Donohoe, Maria Popova, Emily Snow 21/08/2018: Museo Civico
‘Sharing the personal archive’
Led by Peggy Olislaegers with Monica Gillette and Meerel Heering.
Physical practice: Nora Chipaumire, Melanie Demers, Sangeeta Isvaran
Panel discussion: Gwen Hsin-Yi Chang , Nora Chipaumire, Melanie Demers, Sangeeta Isvaran
Collectively reflecting on how we (Leeds Beckett Writers) share our archives with others, considering what is needed in order to share them and the lens through which our archives are seen (or received) by others. Thinking specifically about the terms sharing and showing and the differences between them…
When thinking about our identity and the multiplicity in which the individual is formed, can you really answer a question from the singular?
When we refer to ourselves as ‘We’, Who is included or excluded in this grouping?
Are artists overly concerned with sharing? And is sharing a western concept?
Is showing related to skill?
How do you claim the possibility of shifting?
Is asking questions a trap?
What can we do? So, help me God.
How do people know how to be seen?
Are you/we ready to embrace loss?
Is there a way to navigate injustice?
*Sound recording on ‘Sharing the personal archive’
Edited by: Maria Popova
21/08/2018: Museo Civico
Discussion Led by Peggy Olislaegers
Voice Response from: Nora Chipaumire and Melanie Demers,in relation to sharing differences, race and politics.
Read more about Personal Archive:
Personal Archive | from practice to theory to dance
Leeds Beckett University Team | Walking in our own territory/Walkin in oor ain territory
Leeds Beckett University Team | What am I Co-Responsible For?