In Pursuit of Otherwise Possibilities, Queer Performance Pedagogy and Feedback (IPOP)

In Pursuit of Otherwise Possibilities, Queer Performance Pedagogy and Feedback (IPOP) is an educational, artistic research platform exploring how educational institutions can better foster queer artists and practices. Although queer bodies and experiences have garnered much attention lately, there is a dearth of pedagogical practices designed for the specific needs and worldviews of LGBTQ+ students.

  • What do LGBTQ+ artists need to fully realize their artistic visions?
  • How can queer practices be supported by and respond to educational institutions?
  • What lessons for educational best practices can be drawn from LGBTQ+ histories and theories?
  • What can the unique histories of queer performance teach us about making art today?

Setting out to explore these questions IPOP will gather students, teachers, and alumni of the Academy of Theatre and Dance who self-identify as working with queer themes, practices, and theories. Divided into three tracks, IPOP will include research assemblies, practical workshops, and feedback sessions. During research assemblies participant’s will explore different queer philosophies and lineages with an aim of developing personal theoretical underpinnings to support their artistic work. Throughout the year IPOP will invite guest artists to share their methodologies in practical workshops. Finally, a cohort of queer makers will meet monthly to share and feedback each other’s artistic practice. While the focus will be on supporting the individual artists, the feedback session will also serve to develop best practices, techniques and theories for what the art of (queer) feedback could look like.

From these various explorations and studies, IPOP will host a symposium to share the findings of the first year and engage with the larger queer performance scene in Amsterdam and Europe more broadly. This conference will gather a number of guest artists and academics as well as presentations by members of the IPOP community. To foster an open, non-hierarchical approach to queer research, the form of presentations within the symposium will be varied and open and will include lectures, workshops, performances, and other structures as proposed by the presenters.

IPOP artistic coordinators are Elioa Steffen and Szymon Adamczak, alums of DAS Theatre. This project is supported by Medezeggenschap Quality agreements, Participation Council of the ATD Platform 2025 and DAS Research. Visual identity: Studio Pieter Jan Boterhoek.

IPOP - QUEER PERFORMANCE PEDAGOGY AND FEEDBACK

SPRING 2022 PROGRAMME CALENDAR

RESEARCH ASSEMBLIES

Sessions combine short readings on queer theory and literature with conversational practices. All are welcome, no preparations needed.

#7: Tranimacies 12 April, 19.00 - 21.00, Theorielokaal room - room 701

Facebook event: https://fb.me/e/2ZB28KlzJ

#8: Closing party, 2 June, 19.00 - 21.00, Rooftop of the ATD

 

PRACTICAL WORKSHOPS

Offered by queer practitioners in the field of performing arts. Sign-up is required for these workshops. Please find the relevant links below. There is limited capacity for each workshop.

 

How to Disappear: Biomythography and critical fabulation in queer performance practice by Kopano Maroga

Using the literary techniques of biomythography (coined by Audre Lorde) and critical fabulation (coined by Saidiya Hartman) this workshop seeks to translate these literary techniques into techniques for developing performative strategies.

10 April, 12.00 - 16.00, ATD Jodenbreestraat 3, Room TPR

Sign-up link and info: https://forms.gle/xsP9m7dt335oFnNJ9 

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/4849341958515809

 

Rituals for decolonization by Fazle Shairmahomed

In this workshop you are invited to develop a personal and communal understanding of ancestry rooted in spiritual practices of meditation, writing, body movement, dance, multi-sensorial stimulation, altar making, and group talks.

7th May, 11.00 - 17.00, ATD Jodenbreestraat 3, Room TPR

Sign-up link and info: https://forms.gle/XDpqDnmZ2rxLsQzw7 

Facebook event: https://fb.me/e/1iiOlXzvA

 

IN PURSUIT OF OTHERWISE POSSIBILITIES, QUEER PERFORMANCE PEDAGOGY AND FEEDBACK SYMPOSIUM

Dates: 11 & 12 May 2022
Location/s: ATD Amsterdam, Jodenbreestraat 3, Club Church Amsterdam (TBC)
Contributors: Szymon Adamczak, Glynnis Bergen, Paula Chaves Bonilla, Dynno Dada, Dr. Eva Hayward, Carolina Maciel de Franca, Marleen Hendrickx, Mario Lopez, Kopano Maroga, Maneo Mohale, Paula Montecinos, Flavia Pinheiro, Panagiotis Panagiotakopoulos (Taka Taka), Fazle Shairmahomed, Eli Steffen, Mavi Veloso, and more.

Description: IPOP is hosting a two-day programme of students, artists, practitioners and thinkers involved in queer world building. Aiming to propagate a communal inquiry into modalities for supporting queer performance and giving and receiving feedback in and out of educational institutions. To foster an open, non-hierarchical approach to queer research, the form of presentations within the symposium will be varied and open and will include lectures, workshops, performances, and other structures as proposed by the presenters.

Topics include: coloniality and queerness;  biomythography, critical fabulations and disidentification as queer performance practices; queering feedback lenses, methodologies, best practices; tranimacies: alternative engagements with the other as pedagogical practice; Drag Mothering, care, kinship and education.

Although we prefer people to stay the whole day, coming to specific events is  more than welcome.

See the full program.

Find out more about the contributors.

To register:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScdqhzyi3cgvh-qGRw0qvTsz0iQhbrKvrW5d76asYi_trxWJw/viewform

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/792783891693091

This project is supported by Medezeggenschap Quality agreements,

Participation Council of the ATD Platform 2025 and DAS Research.

More about IPOP: https://www.atd.ahk.nl/das-research/ipop/

Reach us at queerpedagogies@gmail.com

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