Rudi Laermans on contemporary dance: 'Moving Together’

On January 12th Rudi Laermans, professor at the University of Leuven and regular guest teacher at P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels, will be the guest at HALf6. He will talk about his new book Moving Together – Theorizing and Making Contemporary Dance (Valiz, 2015).

In Moving Together Rudi Laermans clarifies the multiple stakes of contemporary dance through a unique combination of dance studies and sociology. Detailed analyses of dance works by choreographers such as Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Meg Stuart inspire the book’s first, theoretically-oriented part. The second part of the book focuses on artistic collaboration and co-creation, based on extensive dialogues with dance makers from the thriving Brussels dance scene.

Roos van Berkel will interview Rudi Laermans about the relationship between dance, theory, and artistic co-creation. How does artistic collaboration result in a dance piece? And how can we ‘theorize’ contemporary dance?

Rudi Laermans
is Professor of Social Theory at the University of Leuven (BE) and regular guest teacher at P.A.R.T.S., the Brussels-based international dance school directed by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker. He is the author of several books and has published widely on social theory, (post)modernity, and the sociology of the arts. He also frequently writes about contemporary dance and other performing arts.

Roos van Berkel is a performer, choreographer and teacher with a special interest in dance and interactive technology. She studied at Laban, London and at LIMS, New York. Since 2008 she teaches at the Theaterschool in Amsterdam and at the Eindhoven University of Technology. Roos performs internationally on a regular basis with Close-Act Theatre (the Netherlands) and choreographer Gyula Berger (Hungary).