Writing letters to/from choreographic elements
My main interest in practical/theoretical research is related to the body, the movements and the studies that deal with Choreographic Composition. I have never had a specific interest in creating choreography, but I am fascinated by the elements of choreographic making, and how its concepts can be expanded, dissolved, transmuted and reorganized, either in the dance field or not. To go deeper into this topic, I am interested in using the Choreographical Tool Box, which is a very well structured instrument for research in dance making, developed by Dr. Gabriele Klein at the University of Hamburg. This kit has various topics that can be addressed independently and relate to the generation and formatting of movements, games, composition, and cooperation. Although my interest in SoC is not in developing a choreographic composition, I understand that the kit can be an important element to support transdisciplinary dialogues. I think of bringing fundamental questions of the body and choreographic making to contaminate/relate to the poetic practices of SoC colleagues. How would it be like to look into other people’s creative process through choreographic ideas? How to evoke dance/movement elements and bring them up to establish a transdisciplinary field? I am interested in making use of this kit/tool in a 2/3 hour workshop for SoC members with the goal of crossing the boundaries of certainties of choreographic making: dissolving convictions, softening memories, and experimenting with movement/choreographic elements. In order to navigate between the choreographic world and the colleagues’ research, I am interested in sending /via post/ handwritten letters that dialogue/affect the creative processes of SoC colleagues. After carefully analyzing each SoC’s proposal, the letters would bring choreographic elements to provoke/stimulate/resonate with them. A letter received could suggest: “Make a gesture/movement that dialogues or represents your research. Photograph this movement”. “Film yourself talking in slow motion about your own research”. “Write something really wrong about your own work. Analyse the musicality of your own wrong text. Make a drawing/graphic that dialog with this action”. The main goal in this experience with the SoC is to establish an affective/artistic/aesthetic bond where the letters can provoke dialogues and make us think collectively about the osmotic and flexible borders that support the choreographic making.
Lina Zeller, For the past twenty years, Lina Zeller (former Lina Frazão) has been working as a movement artist, Pilates instructor, and dance teacher. She holds a Master’s degree in contemporary arts, with a specialization course in art history and a Bachelor's degree in dance from the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She has been teaching classes for dance and drama undergraduate students in Brasilia, Brazil, where she was also the coordinator and later, director of research and extension at Instituto Federal de Brasília, in Brazil. She is interested in researching the creative process in dance and its relation to transdisciplinary fields.