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Nathalie S. Fari

The Body as Translator: Performing stories through the relationship of body to space.

Contact: nathalie.suck@hsm.gu.se

Photo: Daniel Schäfer, Teufelsberg, Berlin 2017This doctoral project aims to investigate the engagement and agency of the body in relation to a site specific performance practice. By re-thinking the body through socio-spatial and environmental issues, this doctoral project designs and experiments with a series of collaborative and interdisciplinary performance laboratories. The format of the performance laboratory which has its roots in the physical theatre of the 60's and 70's of the last century, is revisited by placing it in a new context beyond the traditional studio work and the established "black box".

With the focus on exploring the spatial categories of urban landscapes, historical grounds and nature reservoirs, the laboratories serve on the one hand, for experiencing and testing particular bodily techniques that give rise to a number of physical exercises (or "performative states") that deploy "somatic" and/or "ecstatic" principles. On the other, they are implemented for outlining a conceptual and pedagogical framework in which the body operates as "translator": a type of subjectivity that is entrenched, intertwined and moved by the states of "in-between"-ness and connectedness of the body and space. How can the space affect the body and the body the space? How can the sensing abilities of the body be exercised and transformed when relating to an environment or other bodies? are essential questions.

In this regard, the claim that when training the relationship between the body and space, new forms of existing, sensing and intervening in the world can emerge, appears in this doctoral project as a way of contributing to the development of a performer training that enhances both the bodily and environmental awareness. In doing so, this training is also looking critically at how such psychophysical and/or socio-spatial experiences can be documented and described through narrative means by especially merging the notions of documentary with fiction. Thus, this doctoral project is attuned with the fostering of not only an embodied research methodology, but also a site specific performance practice that considers itself of being poetic, attentive and responsive.

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