Is this working? A dance dramaturgy longtable
Nanako Nakajima and guests
Join academic, artist, writer and KCA Jury member Nanako Nakajima in a long table discussion about dance and dramaturgy.
A dance dramaturgy expert, Nanako launched a bilingual website on the subject dancedramaturgy.org and has received the Special Commendation of the Elliott Hayes Award in 2017 for Outstanding Achievement in Dramaturgy from the Literary Manager and Dramaturgs of the Americas.
For this long table, Nanako has invited a handful of dance artists, thinkers, makers, and dramaturgs from divergent disciplines, practices and contexts to discuss and share methods and contemporary approaches and practices of dance dramaturgy.
Long table guests include: Antony Hamilton, Rachael Fensham, LIM How Ngean and Priya Srinivasan.
Is this working? A dance dramaturgy long table is part of the KCA public program’s free talks and is presented by Dancehouse and Chunky Move.
Dr. Nanako Nakajima（中島那奈子）is a dance scholar and a pioneer of dance dramaturg, and a certified traditional Japanese dance master, Kannae Fujima. Her dramaturgy includes luciana achugar’s “Exhausting Love at Danspace Project” (2006-07 New York Dance and Performance Awards, ‘The Bessies’), koosil-ja’s “mech[a]OUTPUT” in NY, Osamu Jareo’s “Theater Thikwa plus Junkan Project” in Kyoto, Ong Ken Sen’s “OPEN WITH THE PUNK SPIRIT! Dance Archive Box” in Singapore, and Mengfan Wang’s “WHEN MY CUE COMES, CALL ME, AND I WILL ANSWER” in Wuzhen. Her recent research and -dramaturgy projects include “Yvonne Rainer Performative Exhibition” at Kyoto Art Theater Shunju-za, 2017, “Dance Archive Box Berlin” at Akademie der Künste Berlin, 2020, and the lecture-performance “Noh to Trio A” at Nagoya Noh Theater, 2021. She received the Special Commendation of the Elliott Hayes Award in 2017 for Outstanding Achievement in Dramaturgy from the Literary Manager and Dramaturgs of the Americas. She was a Valeska Gert Visiting Professor 2019/20, at Freie Universität Berlin. She has been working with the international festivals and theatres including Tanz im August, YPAM (Yokohama International Performing Arts Meeting), tanzhaus NRW, and Tanzquartier Wien. Her publications include The Aging Body in Dance: A Cross-Cultural Perspective (co-edited with G. Brandstetter Routledge, 2017), Performance Research, Vol. 24, No. 2: ‘On Ageing (& Beyond)’ (2019) co-edited with R. Gough, and Oi to Odori (Aging plus Dancing, co-edited with K. Toyama, Keisoshobo, 2019). In 2021, she launched a bilingual website on dance dramaturgy.
This talk is presented in partnership with Chunky Move. The Keir Choreographic Award is a partnership between Dancehouse, The Keir Foundation and the Australia Council for the Arts, with presenting partner Carriageworks.