A workshop with Manuel Pelmus
Without Distance Platform 2019

The workshop revolves around questions of liveness, performativity and movement in a dance and exhibition context. It aims to address, both practically and theoretically, the current international debate on how the recent “performance turn” of dance and choreography in the arts is invested in contesting late modernist formulations and structures, and how it reevaluates discourses of institutional critique, queer theory, postcolonial theory and relates them to collective memory and writing of history. We will do practical work involving the body and we will relate it to the interests and practices of the participants. Other topics of concern for the workshop are connected to how live works in the public space and the exhibition space hold a potential for different regimes of attention, for reconfiguring the public sphere as a more communal and collective experience, and the relationship of live presence to technology and the digital. 

The workshop is addressing professional performance artists, dancers and choreographers.

About Manuel Pelmuş
Manuel Pelmuş is a choreographer and artist who lives and works between Oslo and Bucharest. His work has been presented in numerous gallery and museum exhibitions. He has recently had a solo exhibition at Para Site, Hong Kong (2018), and his projects have been shown at Tate Modern Museum, Museum Ludwig Köln, Cologne (2016); Off-Biennale Budapest (2015 and 2017); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2014); Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw (2014) and the Romanian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2013), amongst others. In 2012, he was awarded the Berlin Art Prize for performance arts and the prize for excellence from the National Dance Center of Bucharest in 2014.

How to apply:

To apply for the workshop please send us your CV and а short motivational letter.

Applications from South East Europe are regarded with preference.
The organizer covers participation fee, accommodation in Sofia for the days of the workshop and discount tickets for the performances from the Antistatic Festival programme.

Deadline for applications: 14th April 

Without Distance Platform is part of the European project Life Long Burning and organized by Brain Store Project and Nomad Dance Academy Bulgaria, as representatives of the Nomad Dance Academy Network, co-funded by the Creative Europe Program of the European Union,”Culture” Programme of Sofia Municipality and in partnership with the Vera Nedkova House Museum, part of National Gallery, Goethe-Institut Bulgarien and Dance Station.