Doctoral research project

”CHOREO|GRAPHY” by Eleanor Bauer

Researcher: Eleanor Bauer

CHOREO|GRAPHY is a doctoral research project by Eleanor Bauer. Eleanor is a doctoral candidate in Choreography.

CHOREO|GRAPHY is an inquiry into the nature (systems, processes, qualities, structures) of thought in improvised and choreographed dance in relation to the nature (systems, processes, qualities, structures) of thought in spoken and written language. Or, the relation between what we say we’re doing and what our dance is doing, what is understood through language and what is understand through movement, and how these things collaborate and collide in choreographic practice.

Respecting that different media enable different kinds of thought processes, ideas, or concepts to be reached, at the base of the research is how movement-thought itself, translatable or not to language, might be observed and understood, incorporating perspectives of dance experience, science, and philosophy. The core of the project is artistic practice. Through the development and of dance and writing practices, I am working to get closer with language to the specificities and idiosyncracies of dance-thought, challenging the structures and codes of language with the logics of the dancing body 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.

Final Presentation: Spring 2022

Doctoral candidate Eleanor Bauer 

Originally from Santa Fe, New Mexico, Eleanor 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, and completed the Research Cycle at P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels in 2006. Bauer has been producing and touring her own work within the structure GoodMove vzw since 2007 (www.goodmove.be), creating several solos and group pieces to international critical acclaim. Bauer has worked as a performer with, among others, choreographers Trisha Brown, Xavier Le Roy, Mette Ingvartsen, David Zambrano, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Boris Charmatz; visual artists Emily Roysdon and Matthew Barney; and music ensembles Ictus and The Knife. Just prior to beginning her PhD in Choreography at Stockholm University of the arts (2017-2022), Bauer was an 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, with Ellen Söderhult and Alice Chauchat in 2015 (www.nobodysbusiness.info). Bauer has joined the research community at Stockholm University of the Arts for the opportunity to deepen and extend the research-orientation of her work, to participate in an interdisciplinary culture of experimentation and knowledge production, and to engage in a context with colleagues who will support and challenge her interests.