The Pandemic, the Rollercoaster, the Grief and the Sun: Notes on More-Than-Human Dramaturgy
This talk starts from a series of curves: the pandemic and the acqua alta; the rollercoasters and their relationship to dance dramaturgy; the non-linearity of mourning and mushrooms, in the book of Malaysian author Long Litt Woon; the 1922 theory of Russian physicist Chizhevsky on the four cycles of the solar activity and their impact on the rhythm of revolts on earth (‘The Communist Revolution Was Caused by The Sun’); or again the dramaturgy of the protest, as described by Brazilian situationist architect Flávio de Carvalho. If dramaturgy is often seen as a variation of rhythm and intensity, this talk analyses these curves –in their descriptions in ascending phases, accelerations, climax and vibrations– to disclose a reflection on more-than-human forms of dramaturgy and their relation with the human gaze. While bringing them together, it also explores the polyrhythmic superposition of dramaturgies and – in reference to Déborah Danowski and Eduardo Viveiros de Castro– their possible interconnection.
This talk emerges from a text written for the book Choreography: strategies, edited by Marta Keil and Joanna Leśnierowska, to be published by Art Stations Foundation in Autumn 2021.
Daniel Blanga Gubbay is a Brussels-based curator and researcher. He is currently the artistic co-director of the Kunstenfestivaldesarts. He has worked as an educator and independent curator for public programs, as: Can Nature Revolt? for Manifesta, Palermo 2018; Black Market, Brussels 2016; The School of Exceptions, Santarcangelo, 2016. He has worked as co-curator for LiveWorks, and was head of the Department of Arts and Choreography (ISAC) of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Brussels. He graduated with Giorgio Agamben at Università Iuav di Venezia, and he holds a PhD in Cultural Studies from Palermo and Berlin. Recent articles appeared in South as a State of Mind (Athens), Mada Masr مدى مصر (Cairo) and Performance Journal (New York). Recent presentations include: Politics of Co-Imagination (2019, Tangier); Dance Under Cover of a Fictional Rhythm (2018, Sharjah, UAE); The Movement as Living Non-Body (2018, Oslo); Knowing the Unknown (2017, Museum of Impossible Forms, Helsinki) and Prophecies Without Content (American University of Beirut).
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