A brief history of choreocracy is taken from The Hospitality a game by Tova Gerge, Ebba Petrén & Gabriel Widing.
Welcome to this quick lecture about the history of choreocracy.
In ancient Greece, the choreocracy was developed as a technique for making collective decisions in which all free men could participate, that is, 30% of the population.
In what ways does community dance practice and rhetoric link to politics?
Community dance is defined by its emphasis on process (rather than product) and benefits of the process on individuals and communities. These benefits coincide with national priorities of government and this explains the traditional support given to community dance by national government in the UK until recently.
However a less traditional understanding of community dance that runs into social choreography points to a different form of Political currency.
We are hard-wired to be disgusted by secretions, decay and disease. Although Britain is somewhat lax on the cleanliness ‘front’, it’s generally assumed now that scientific advances have shown us the importance of regular washing for our biological health.
It’s not really news to point out that award winning TV show The Big Bang Theory is a load of sexist shit. I have to admit however that I do sometimes watch it.
Since it started in 2007, a running joke has been that one of the main characters Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) has a really needy/ controlling mother, that we never see her just hear her (Carol Ann Susi) shouting from elsewhere in their shared house.
There’s a good tradition of unseen sit com characters but I think the joke here works because (we are told) that Mrs Wolowitz is immensely overweight and hirsute – a ‘horror’ hard to cast and only enhanced by leaving it in our imagination.
Mrs Wolowitz also sometimes needs to be cared for by her son and I suspect this is another image that mainstream TV wants to hide from us. I think we don’t like generally to see people that are overweight or sick.
I’m a bit late with this one but I wanted to write something about the ridicule that Ed Milliband received for eating a bacon sandwich inelegantly.
On one level I think it’s a bit rude to take a photo of someone eating. It’s not often going to be pretty. Continue reading
I’d like to look look at the idea of somatic citizenship – how citizenship can be understood not only as an abstract legal idea but as something that is embodied and performed.
A version of this conversation first appeared in DYAD (2014) by Alice Tatge and Therese Steele
1) As an ex civil servant turned choreographer with a particular interest in politically driven social movement, we would be interested in you comparing two distinct acts of protest that occurred in Istanbul during the spring/summer 2013.
For dance to work as a form of street protest it must be widely known or easily learnt, which generally means a folk dance (for example Wazir Attan in Pakistan or Toyi-toyi in South Africa) or something popular on Youtube (Thriller, Gangam Style, Harlem Shake). Protest dances with new choreography are rare (I can only think of One Million Rising’s dance against violence to women) and require a certain luxury of resources.
“…valley of segregation…”
“…path of racial justice…”
“…solid rock of brotherhood…”
Metaphor is unquestionably a powerful tool in speeches. These are just three from Martin Luther King Jr’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech and the visualisation below shows the frequency of metaphor throughout his historic address (with pink bars representing metaphors and visual words).