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DAS Choreography Master Presentations 2019

it almost feels like a touch

Emily Gastineau, Miriam Jakob and Setareh Fatehi enter into the concluding phase of a two year research trajectory, the results of which can be shared, seen, heard - and…almost touched. You are very warmly invited to join us on 4, 5 & 6 April, for supporting these artists as they welcome an audience into their work: the development of their research in presentation form. We celebrate with them the results of two years of choreographic inquiry, critical conversation and peer exchange at DAS Graduate School.

DAS Choreography | it almost feels like a touch…

Generic Mood

The point is viewing is an economy is a network is an exchange is a measurement is perfection is a feeling will be erased. A curtain is a reveal is a gimmick is a machine is an acceleration. You are crying, I am surveillance. Authenticity is a risk is an investment is a transaction is a relationship is a convention is a score is a speculation. Repeat. The camera is desire is a prediction is a command will be dancing is not choreography will be a science is a touch will be obscured. I am the algorithm, you are the study, we are the oracle. Step touch step touch step touch has been a tool, as in a match, as in a black box. And cut. A prop is an object is a product is astroturf is a fabric is an expression will be erased. Repeat. A lie is a mirror is a frame is a proscenium is a loop will have teeth.

Mit/Teilen – Impart

A somatic encounter of zoo policy, research material and genesis myths. The starting points of this work are a visit at the SenseLab (Montréal) and a research in the zoo of Louisville (Kentucky) with the primatologist Dawn Prince-Hughes, focusing on the communication between humans and gorillas. On the basis of field recordings and the experiences she has gathered, Miriam Jakob tests a new experimental choreographic arrangement. The myth of mimetic imitation and the interplay of difference and indistinguishability, as well as the common use of technology are made sensory perceptible.


i mean “gaze” when “I” say “eye”
i mean “depth” when “I” say “you”
i mean “dance” when “I” say “I”
i see “them” \ are they still there
i share “time” \ does it mean “light”
i don't mean “touch” when i say “close”
it is “time” \ is there still “time”

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In order of appearance:

Emily Gastineau - Generic Mood, Miriam Jakob - Mit/Teilen – Impart, Setareh Fatehi - swim\او
Photography by Nellie de Boer

About DAS Choreography

Artistic research is given an integral role at DAS Graduate School. From the moment of applying to DAS Choreography, candidates are asked to articulate and open the field of questions informing their work. An environment of sustained conversation and praxis is generated to support the research processes. Peer-to-peer dialogue and exchange are key factors in supporting the further articulation of research questions and deepening of artistic practice.

The programme offers a space for slow research, reflection and digestion – with a distance from the production pressures of the professional field. DAS Choreography seeks, in this way, to stimulate artistic research as an open-ended process, such that art can be considered an open-ended object. It is an investment in this specific nature of artistic research, as it has been worded by Lucy Cotter:

“Artists work with areas that are not only beyond current thinking on certain subjects and situations, but also off the radar, moving into unknowable territory. They embrace this unknowability, being comfortable with holding open spaces of not knowing that confound traditional research. Artistic research thus revolves around articulating new questions without seeking answers," (Cotter, L 2017 Reclaiming Artistic Research – First Thoughts, 1-6).


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