Pause, Presence, Public: from Dance Theater to Workshop Performance

ABSTRACT

The text discusses the tendency to stillness or dynamic pause in the contemporary scene, as a search for somatic attunement, in an attitude of counter-culture and transformation. In the middle of an empire of signs and simulacra, stillness activates inner flow and collective connections towards presence and creative interaction/integration with the environment. From a historical review, through a theoretical debate (Foster, Lacan, Ferál, Da Costa), till examples of performing arts, visual arts, music, and contemporary life events - such as natural catastrophes and their media repercussions -, we intend to bring up an afterthought about the priorities and the role of the artist- researcher in contemporary times.

Keywords:
Dynamic Pause; Presence; Artist-Spectator Relationship; Performance; Somatic Attunement

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