PhD project

”CHOREO | GRAPHY” by Eleanor Bauer

Researcher: Eleanor Bauer

CHOREO | GRAPHY is a PhD project by Eleanor Bauer. Eleanor is a PhD 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. Investigating how thinking is uniquely conditioned within the practices of dancing together (khoreia) and writing (graphia), the research is a search for an adequate relation between the two, one that serves both art forms and respects their differences. In the separation of the word choreography into choreo | graphy, the project intends to open up space for consideration and reinvention of the poetics of choreographic discourse and 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 the perspectives of diverse dance practitioners and collaborators in the research. The core of the project lies in experimental artistic practice. Through the development of dancing-writing practices, I am working together with others to bring language closer to expressing the specificities and idiosyncracies of dance-thought, inviting our writing to obey the logic of our dancing in order to produce more situated discourse and embodied poetics from within dance practice.

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 enter and handle the art of writing with critical and creative agency, to question the givens, to make words move, and ultimately to forge new choreographic tools by reconsidering how we talk about and write dances, taking choreography literally as the writing of the dance, or dance-writing.

Final Presentation: Spring 2022

PhD candidate Eleanor Bauer

Eleanor Bauer is a choreographer and performer working at the intersections of dance, writing, and music. Her work is rooted in a synthesis of embodied intelligences in her practice of making sense with the senses in performance. From solos to talk shows to large ensemble pieces, her versatile works range in scale, media, and genre, traversing categories of performance with wit, humor, and aplomb, and have toured internationally to critical acclaim.

Originally from Santa Fe, New Mexico, Bauer holds a BFA in Dance from New York University, is a graduate of the Research Cycle at P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels, and is currently based in Stockholm where she is a PhD candidate in Choreography at Stockholm University of the Arts. 

Bauer has worked as a performer with, among others, Matthew Barney, Trisha Brown, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker/Rosas, Xavier Le Roy, Boris Charmatz, David Zambrano, Every Ocean Hughes, The Knife, and Ictus contemporary music ensemble. Bauer has been commissioned as a choreographer by Cullberg (Stockholm), Schauspielhaus Bochum, Corpus (Copenhagen), and Nora (London), among others. 

Bauer created her own performances via GoodMove vzw, a production structure she initiated in Brussels from 2007-2020, and was artist in residence at Kaaitheater in Brussels from 2013-2016. Musician, composer, programmer and improviser Chris Peck has been a cornerstone in Bauer’s artistic practice since 2004. Together they have collaborated on numerous projects and commissions.  

Together with Ellen Söderhult and Alice Chauchat, Bauer co-founded the open-source format for exchange of practices in the performing arts called Nobody's Business in 2015, which has since been adapted by myriad practitioners and local organizers worldwide. Bauer continues to teach, write, lecture, and co-create contexts for exchange of knowledge in the arts, including PROTO TALKS and A class for a cause, as well as two podcasts: How Dance Thinks from 2018, and Sleeping Giant Dreams in 2020.

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.

Research Catalogue - choreo | graphy Selected Documentation