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Eleanor Bauer at DOCH OPEN LECTURES

bucket of words :: body of worlds

I am currently busy with the relationship between dance thought and language thought, and how these things collaborate and collide in choreographic practice. Respecting that different media enable different kinds of thinking, ideas, or concepts to form, at the base of my research is how movement-thought itself, translatable or not to language, might be observed and understood, incorporating artistic, philosophical, and scientific perspectives. 

Through the development of dance and writing practices, I am working to get closer with language to the specificities and idiosyncrasies of dance-thought, challenging the structures and codes of language with the logics of dancing bodies to produce more situated discourse and embodied poetics from within dance. Working with the frictions and gaps between these two media of thought, through different approaches of translation, transposition, or intermediation, the project of articulating dance-thought in language is a means to reshape, manipulate, and handle the structures of language with critical and creative agency, to question the givens, to make words move, and ultimately to forge new choreographic tools by restructuring how we talk about and write dances, taking choreography literally as the writing of the dance, or dance-writing. 

- Eleanor Bauer

About Eleanor Bauer

Eleanor Bauer is a performer and performance-maker working at the intersections of choreography, dance, writing, music, and performance. Her versatile solo and group works have toured internationally to critical acclaim. She founded Good Move in 2007, (www.goodmove.be) producing her own works within this structure since then.

Bauer also maintains collaborations with and performs for other choreographers, artists, composers, and directors. She has worked as a performer with or for, among others, choreographers Trisha Brown, Xavier Le Roy, Mette Ingvartsen, David Zambrano, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Boris Charmatz; visual artists Matthew Barney and Emily Roysdon; and music ensembles Ictus and The Knife.

Originally from Santa Fe, New Mexico, Bauer studied at Idyllwild Arts Academy in California, completed a BFA in Dance from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 2003, completed the Research Cycle at P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels in 2006, and is a current PhD candidate in Choreography at Stockholm University of the Arts (2017-2022). She was artist in residence at Kaaitheater in Brussels from 2013-2016, and co-founded the open-source format for exchange of practices in the performing arts called Nobody's Business in 2015 (www.nobodysbusiness.info).

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