Friday & Saturday (5-6/7) – 3 hours/day
17:00-20:00, DANCE CENTRE CLASS 2
Anthropology and Dance: Body Observation Techniques
The Anthropology and Dance workshop focuses on observing the interaction of bodies and the dynamics that develop between them through verbal and non-verbal communication. The methodology used is based on concepts and techniques of observation and documenting, practices, tools and audiovisual material derived from anthropology. How can we better understand: a) the interaction of bodies in any social field of action? b) dance as a space of interaction and as a kinetic and symbolic activity of the body? What data can we draw from the observation of the dynamics that develop between bodies?
Serving as a guide for the workshop is the documentary Working Dancers, which is the result of Konstantina Bousmpoura’s seven years of ethnographic research, and documents a group of dancers from Buenos Aires in their struggle to claim their labor rights and create Argentina’s first state-run dance company under collective leadership. In order to explore and implement the proposed methodology, audiovisual material from the film shooting will be shown and participants will be invited to observe and take note of how the interactions are formed between the bodies in their daily activities in the context of this case study.
The workshop will be completed with the screening of the full, feature-length documentary Working Dancers by Konstantina Bousmpoura and Julia Martinez Heimann (Argentina-Greece 2016,76´). After the screening, an open discussion with the public and the workshop participants will follow.
Konstantina Bousmboura is an independent researcher, anthropologist, and filmmaker. She has been researching, directing and producing ethnographic documentaries on the subject of dance and activism in Buenos Aires, Seville and Athens since 2007. The documentary Feeling from Outside (2008, 18 ”) won 1st prize at the Certamen de Creación Joven Sevilla 2009 (ESP) and was featured in many international festivals such as: XIV Biennial of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean (SKP, 2009), Habana Videodance Festival (CU), La Alternativa Hall (BCN-ESP). Her latest documentary Working Dancers (2016, 76´´), funded in part by the Argentine Film National Board (INCAA), has been featured in international and Greek festivals as well as academic and non-academic workshops and conferences such as: Political Imagination Laboratory (University of Perugia / IT ), Everyday Revolutions (ENG), Movement for the National Dance Law (ARG), Working Bodies Workshop, The Nest (s) -International Museum Day 2018 (GR), Athens Video Dance Project 2019 (GR), and Dance Studies Association International Conference (University of Malta-Performing Arts). She collaborates with artists in research and production and is a member of the ACA educational and artistic organization based in Buenos Aires. From 2016 she is a member of the advisory committee of the Ethnographic Film Festival of Athens.