Studio Showings | DAS Choreography

Wednesday 5 September 2018, 19:00 - 22:30 hrs.
DAS Graduate School
Overhoeksplein 2
1031 KS Amsterdam

Tuesday 4 September 2018, 16:00 - 18:00 hrs.
Wednesday 5 September 2018, 19:00 - 22:30 hrs.

On 4 and 5 September, DAS Choreography hosts informal studio showings from students beginning their second year in the programme. The aim is to give some insight into the ongoing research processes of each student, by sharing their practices with a small invited guest audience.

Tuesday 4 September - Setareh Fatehi
ongoing: 16:00 – 18:00 hrs.

Wednesday 5 September - Emily Gastineau, Karol Tymiński
start time: 19:00 hrs.

# Location: DAS Graduate School, Overhoeksplein 2 - Amsterdam
# Reservations:

Attendance is free, but seating is limited. So we have a first-come, first-serve policy. Reserve your place with an email to: You will receive a confirmation when your name is added to the list. Make sure to specify which date you like to attend!

About the works on 5 September

all right give it up
Choreographed and performed by Emily Gastineau

all right give it up is a study in the generic mood, the manufacture of feeling in contemporary performance and contemporary capitalism. I activate generic expression (sorrow, joy) and generic dancing (opening port de bras, the step-touch)—to create surfaces on which the spectator can project their own beliefs, speculation, and desires (about dance, about me). I never face the audience, yet an overflow of expression is revealed through angles of mirror and camera. The curtain is pulled back again and again. Citing the reaction gif, heightened audience response is suspended in an infinite loop. If only we could stay at the apex of catharsis, the moment when the jaw is already open, but just before the teeth pierce the flesh. The proscenium follows us. The generic is a singularity that is in circulation—a way to inhabit the compulsory self-performance of dance and neoliberalism, yet still leaving an absence at its center. Is dancing in first person (a mode of authentic self-expression) or in third person (a desire for universality)? Or is this address actually in second person (a love letter, a command)?

Gardener (work-in-progress showing)
Choreographed and performed by Karol Tymiński

Gardener is a perverse allusion to problematic human interventions in broadly defined ecology, a network of relations between physical objects: organic and non-organic elements including animals and humans. The gardener figure is meant to represent a coloniser of the natural habitat, where according to his needs, be it nutritional or aesthetic, he rules over the value of specific beings and their very right to exist: some shall receive protection, some will be annihilated. This kind of anthropocentric model which is one of the major driving forces shaping the global reality, following the rhythm of hedonistic consumption, has gained the characteristics of "consumer-centric". The division between humans and non-humans has been supplanted by one between the consumers and the consumed where the former, privileged by market mechanisms and considering their scale of consumption a criterion of life quality, keep moving up an ever growing heap of "garbage" they produce. Searching for a promise of a less aggressive human intervention in the very sensitive network of relations between different beings, Tymiński undertakes a study of inter-material eroticism as a potential means of sensitising individuals to inanimate matter and creating an equilibrium of statuses between the human body and its surroundings. In his project, Tymiński becomes both a creator and a guardian of oceanic gardens which are not just an attempt to deconstruct the marine environment, but also his ally in a choreographic act of unity.

Supported by Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Centre in Motion Choreographers Workspace

Image: "Gardener" - Chor. Perf. Karol Tyminski. Photo by Bartosz Gorka.