A Brief History of [Western] Dance | A Lecture Series with Ran Brown
Fridays, May 3, May 17, May 31, June 14, June 28 | Time: 11:00-12:30 | 70 NIS for one lecture; 300 NIS for the entire series | **All lectures in HEBREW**
Is ballet truly the foundation of all western dance forms? When exactly did modern dance emerge? How does the work of 1960s New York dance makers resonate in contemporary dance? When did dancers start talking on stage? What does performance art have to do with dance?
In this history lecture series, Ran Brown addresses western dance as a knowledge field, reflecting changes in culture and society. In each meeting we will watch excerpts of canonical dance pieces and discuss their relevant historical, philosophical and aesthetic dimensions. The series will present a historical lineage of Western theatrical dance from a critical perspective, focusing on affinity to the past as a key to understanding the contemporary. These lectures are open to all: spectators, dancers, choreographers, teachers, and dance lovers alike!
Ran Brown is a dance thinker and practitioner based in Tel Aviv. He is founder of the online journal Maakaf for performing arts, which he co-edited until 2017. In 2014 he published Place for Action: Contemporary Choreography in Theory and Practice, which followed a research program at Kelim Choreography Centre and focused on articulating creative processes of Israeli choreographers and contextualizing contemporary choreographic methods. Ran teaches theory and practice at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance (JAMD), the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (SEAD), and the Thelma Yellin High School of the Arts. His main interests currently lie in dramaturgy, curatorship, and developing discursive platforms.