Curating and Performance is an eight-session course unfolding over a fortnight in May, with the students in the second year of the bachelor degree program at SNDO – School for New Dance Development, Amsterdam. The course considers performance within the framework of its institutional history to think through its contextualisation, presentation and preservation through curatorial practice, and the theoretical and practical implications of this for artists, institutions and audiences alike.
Through this the course aims to introduce and engage the students in the lively contemporary debates surrounding the curation of performance, and to equip them with the critical and practical skills that they require to think through how they structure and shape their own artistic work in relation to the curatorial structures that they might choose to create, engage with, or respond to.
The course is structured around six key principals – Space, Time, Bodies, Props and Objects, Notation and Documentation, and Writing – that will be complemented by readings and practical exercises.
Curating and Performance is an SNDO – School for New Dance Development course commissioning If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution. In response to SNDO course conceptualization, intentions and general outline, the programme contents has been developed by If I Can’t Dance’s director Frédérique Bergholtz and curator Susan Gibb, and will be co-ordinated by Susan Gibb.