Sarah Bergh, Sandra Chatterjee, Eike Wittrock Anna Wagner, Franz Anton Cramer, Hari Krishnan Christina Gillinger-CorreaVivar, Nicole Haitzinger

Date(s) - 2020-05-09
18:00 – 19:30

Forgotten Dancers // Forgotten Archives

Part 1: ZOOM-Minisymposium

Saturday, 9th May, 2020 at 18:00 hrs (Central European Summer Time)

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In the three-part event we are looking at gaps in dance historiographies and contemporary dance practices, that render certain dancers and their achievements, certain movement and artistic practices, as well as certain archives invisible.
In this first of three events engaging with this topic, a group of researchers, practitioners and curators consisting of Franz Anton Cramer, Christina Gillinger-Correa Vivar, Nicole Haitzinger, Hari Krishnan, Anna Wagner and Eike Wittrock, will introduce their engagements with a select group of forgotten dancers and archives in three impulse presentations.
Part 2 of Forgotten Dancers/Forgotten Archives will be an online roundtable in Fall 2020, and Part 3 a live event in Spring 2021.

Organisation and Moderation: Sandra Chatterjee and Sarah Bergh

This event is part of the platform CHAKKARs – Moving Interventions

Impulse 1:
Hari Krishnan (Wesleyan University/inDANCE) will discuss the early influence of cinema from South India (as a forgotten archive) in the modern history of the classical Indian dance form Bharatanatyam, which he wrote about in his recent book Celluloid Classicism (Wesleyan University Press 2019).

Impulse 2:
Franz Anton Cramer (Hamburg University) and Nicole Haitzinger (University of Salzburg), along with Sandra Chatterjee (CHAKKARs and University of Salzburg), will introduce the (almost forgotten) Parisian dancer and choreographer Nyota Inyoka (1896-1971), whose work and biography they have been researching in the project Border-Dancing across Time from three respective research lenses (archival oeuvre, creolité, authorial position). Christina Gillinger-Correa Vivar (University of Salzburg) who is also part of the research team of Border-Dancing across Time, will talk about Armen Ohanian and Leila Bederkhan, two exotified dancers of the dance scene of 1930s Paris and draw analogies to Nyota Inyoka’s life and career.

Impulse 3:
In 2014 Anna Wagner (Künstlerhaus Mousonturm) and Eike Wittrock (University of Music and Performing Arts Graz) founded the Julius-Hans-Spiegel-Zentrum, a critical curatorial project on German modern dance heritage. Named after the ‘forgotten’ dancer Julius Hans Spiegel, the project interrogated the gaps and voids of dance historiography in view of their contemporary implications. Focusing on the exoticisms of modernity/modernism the project raised questions of cultural appropriation and the implicit whiteness of the genealogy of the contemporary. In their impulse they will discuss historiographic approaches to the estates of two ‘forgotten’ dancers at Deutsches Tanzarchiv Köln (Wittrock), as well as the challenges for contemporary curatorial practice (Wagner).

Followed by a Q & A among the participants.

Please note: This Mini Zoom-Symposium will be recorded and posted online. By attending the Mini Zoom-Symposium you agree to the symposium being filmed and posted online. Please be aware that your log-in name may be visible in the video of the symposium, and if your webcam is on, you will also be in the video. If you wish to attend the Mini Zoom-Symposium and at the same time protect your privacy, please consider which log-in name/participant name you choose; you can also choose to participate without turning on your webcam (even though it’s nice for the speakers to also see the audience).

A project by CHAKKARs – Moving Interventions

With kind support of the cultural council of the City of Munich. This event is part of the Munich-based project ‘Living Archive’, which is initiated and funded by the cultural council.

In cooperation with the FWF research project Border-Dancing Across Time: The (Forgotten) Parisian Choreographer Nyota Inyoka, her Œuvre, and Questions of Choreographing Créolité (Austrian Science Fund (FWF): P 31958-G)


Ein Projekt von CHAKKARs – Moving Interventions

Mit freundlicher Unterstützung durch das Kulturreferat der Landeshauptstadt München. Die Veranstaltung ist Teil des Münchner Projekts “Lebendiges Archiv”, das vom Kulturreferat initiiert und gefördert wird.

In Kooperation mit dem FWF-Forschungsprojekt Border-Dancing Across Time: The (Forgotten) Parisian Choreographer Nyota Inyoka, her Œuvre, and Questions of Choreographing Créolité (Austrian Science Fund (FWF): P 31958-G)

Forgotten Dancers / Forgotten Archives from Border-Dancing Across Time on Vimeo.