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Wednesday, Sep 25, 2019 at 12:00PM

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The School for Temporary Liveness

Wednesday, Sep 25, 2019 at 12:00PM

Philadelphia, PA , United States of America




University
of the Arts School of Dance

presents

The
School for Temporary Liveness

September
25–October 2, 2019

at
the Philadelphia Art Alliance at University of the Arts

University
of the Arts School of Dance presents The School for Temporary
Liveness,
featuring a new commission by Isabel Lewis
and a live performance album from nora chipaumire, September
25–October 2, 2019 at the Philadelphia Art Alliance at University
of the Arts, 251 S. 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA. This
project marks the Art Alliance at University of the Arts’
programmatic debut. The events are FREE and open to the public.
Advance registration for programs will be available at
www.temporaryliveness.org
in mid-August.

 

The
School for Temporary Liveness
is a week-long series of
performances, workshops, lectures, and conversations inhabiting the
poetic frame of a school. Supported by the Pew Center for Arts &
Heritage, The School for Temporary Liveness brings
together an international roster of artists and scholars working in
dance, visual art, poetry, music and more, including nora chipaumire,
Isabel Lewis, Colin Self, Simone White and Jackie Wang, among others.
Open to the public from 4 to 10pm daily with a 24-hour cycle over the
weekend, The School for Temporary Liveness consists of three
zones of encounter: The Classroom, The Library and Study Hall, and
invites anyone who participates to consider themselves a student, and
to engage in new forms of spectatorship and ways of being together.

 

If
we think of the whole operation of a school as a performance, how
does that change the ways we teach and learn, or what we think of as
knowledge?” said curator Lauren Bakst. “The School for
Temporary Liveness
engages the theatre of a school while looking
to performances themselves as sites of knowledge, so that we might
engage with the public in critically reflecting on and imagining what
a school can do and be.”

 

The
Classroom
hosts a new commission by Isabel Lewis, who will
create a site-specific piece bringing together the work of
Berlin-based musical entity LABOUR, scientists from Monell Chemical
Senses Center, and local musicians and Philadelphia-based dancers.
The Classroom is a contemporary social ritual through which various
bodily and sensorial knowledges are discovered and experienced.

 

The
Library
is home to nora chipaumire’s #PUNK
100% POP N!GGA
, a three-part live-performance album inspired by
chipaumire’s formative years in Zimbabwe during the ’70s, ’80s
and ’90s. It explores the sonic ideologies of punk, pop and
Congolese rumba, through the iconic artists Patti Smith, Grace Jones
and Rit Nzele, respectively. Each part is embedded with a lecture or
history lesson that explores how knowledge can be shared through live
performance.

 

Study
Hall
includes workshops, lectures, conversations and new formats
for study led by practitioners considering the constraints and
possibilities of liveness, living and life from various perspectives.
Watch, listen, speak, practice and reflect with Rizvana Bradley,
Jarrett Earnest, Brooke Holmes, Tiona Nekkia McClodden, Colin Self,
Ulises, Jackie Wang, Simone White
and others. In addition to
these programs, Study Hall will remain open throughout the week as a
space for knowledge-exchange where anyone can sign up to be a
teacher, student or witness.

 

The
School for Temporary Liveness
allows participants to create class
schedules for themselves and compile a series of performances and
events they attend throughout the week. The School for Temporary
Liveness
re-positions spectatorship as an active learning (or
un-learning) process and performance as a site for the production and
exchange of alternative knowledges. Anyone can be a student.

 

The
School for Temporary Liveness
is presented by
University of the Arts School of Dance. This project has been
supported by the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

 

The
Classroom

Discover
new bodily knowledges through a contemporary social ritual with
Isabel Lewis.

 

Wednesday,
Sept. 25 | 8 p.m.

Thursday,
Sept. 26 | 4 p.m.–6 p.m.

Friday,
Sept. 27 | 8 p.m.–10 p.m.

Saturday,
Sept. 28 | 4 p.m–6 p.m.

Monday,
Sept. 30 | 7 p.m.–9 p.m.

Tuesday,
Oct. 1 | 4 p.m.–6 p.m

 

For
Existing Otherwise: Expanded Sensorial Walk (251 S. 18th
Street, Philadelphia)
, Isabel Lewis, joined by long-standing
collaborators musical entity LABOUR, engages a cast of
Philadelphia-based dancers, scientists from the Monell Chemical
Senses Center and local musicians in the creation of a new
site-specific work for the ground floor of the historic Philadelphia
Art Alliance building on Rittenhouse Square. This work takes the form
of a walk that invites visitors to move from a nearby outdoor
location through the rooms of the ground floor of the former
Wetherill Mansion-cum-multidisciplinary arts center and social club.
Using spoken address, scent, music and choreography, Lewis and her
collaborators unfold a poetic rumination on American stories of race
and class via the subtle engagement of the senses rather than the
violence of (re)presentation.

 

*Related
Study Hall Events

Conversation
with Isabel Lewis and Brooke Holmes | Saturday, Sept. 28 | 6 p.m.

Conversation
with local experts | Sunday, Sept. 29 | 11:30 a.m.

Study
Hall | Wednesday, Oct. 2 | 4-8 p.m.

 

Isabel
Lewis (b. 1981)
is a Berlin-based artist born in Santo Domingo,
Dominican Republic, and was raised on a manmade island off the coast
of southwest Florida. Before relocating to Berlin in 2009, she lived
in New York City for several years where she was very active in the
dance scene, involved with Movement Research, and danced for many
choreographers, showing her own commissioned works at The Kitchen,
Dance Theater Workshop, New Museum, Danspace Project at St. Mark’s
Church, PS 122, and the Dia Art Foundation. Trained in literary
criticism, dance and philosophy, her work takes on many different
formats, from lecture performances to workshops, music sessions,
parties, hosted occasions and large-scale artistic/programmatic works
like “The Institute for Embodied Creative Practices” and her
recent series of public workshops and activations for Basel’s
Messeplatz called “Urban Flourishing.” Her work has been
presented at Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, Kunsthalle Basel,
Frieze London, Liverpool Biennial, the Institute of Contemporary Arts
London (ICA), Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Turin, Tanz im
August Berlin, Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art,
Palais de Tokyo, Tate Modern London and Ming Contemporary Art Museum
Shanghai. Lewis has created works around such topics as open-source
technology and dance improvisation, social dances as cultural storage
systems (“Mountain Grass, Mountain Hare: bodily imprinting and
social dances,” 2012), collaborative creative formats (“Communal
EPIC Fiction,” 2010), future bodily techniques (“BALLISTIC BODY,”
2011), and rapping as an embodied speech act (“FLOW PLAY:
Sensualized Speech and Hip Hop,” 2013) that have been presented at
Serpentine Galleries, Kampnagel and Hebbel Am Ufer, among others.

 

The
Library

Read,
and be read in return, in nora chipaumire’s three-part
live-performance album.

 

#PUNK
| Wednesday, Sept. 25 | 7 p.m.

100%
POP
| Thursday, Sept. 26 | 9 p.m.

*N!GGA
| Friday, Sept. 27 | 6 p.m.

#PUNK
100% POP *N!GGA
| Saturday, Sept. 28 | 8 p.m.

#PUNK
| Monday, Sept. 30 | 7 p.m.

100%
POP *N!GGA
| Tuesday, Oct. 1 | 8 p.m.

 

#PUNK
100% POP N!GGA
is a live performance
album inspired by chipaumire’s formative years in Zimbabwe during
the
’70s, ’80s and ’90s. The triptych
explores three sonic ideologies: punk, pop and rumba, confronted and
celebrated through iconic artists Patti Smith, Grace Jones and Rit
Nzele, respectively. Each part is embedded with a kind of lecture or
history lesson that experiments with how knowledge can be shared
through live performance.

 

chipaumire’s
work questions how status and power are experienced and presented
through the body. For those, as she remarks, born without property,
name or class, the human body poses a possible salvation, a manifesto
or a vehicle ​for potential self-invention and self-determination.
#PUNK 100% POP *N!GGA
is a continuation of chipaumire’s career-long investigation of
portraiture and self-portraiture, biography, subjecthood, liberation
and independence.

 

Conceived
and Choreographed by nora chipaumire

Performed
by nora chipaumire with Shamar Watt, David Gagliardi and Atiyyah Khan

Sound,
Light, Costume Concept, Text, Script by nora chipaumire

Sound
Research, Construction, Assemblage by nora chipaumire with Shamar
Watt

Sound
Design by Philip White

Technical
Direction by Sean Seago (EU) and Heidi Eckwall (US)

Set
Design by Ari Marcopoulos, Kara Walker and Matt Jackson Studio

 

*Related
Study Hall Events

Talk
by Rizvana Bradley | Sunday, Sept. 30 | 2:30 p.m.

Study
Hall | Wednesday, Oct. 2 | 4–8 p.m.

 

Born
in Mutare, Zimbabwe and based in NYC, nora chipaumire has been
contesting and embracing stereotypes of Africa, the black performing
body, art and aesthetics since she started making dances in 1998.
chipaumire is currently touring “#PUNK 100%POP *N!GGA,” a
three-part live performance album which had its world premiere at The
Kitchen in NYC in October 2018. Her current and ongoing work includes
a digital book project, “nhaka”—a theory, technology, practice
and process. She is working on an upcoming opera entitled “Nehanda”
(2020). chipaumire is a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow and a three-time
Bessie Award winner.

 

Study
Hall

Watch,
listen, speak, practice and reflect with Rizvana Bradley, Jarrett
Earnest, Brooke Holmes, Tiona Nekkia McClodden, Colin Self, Jackie
Wang, Ulises, Simone White and others.

 

In
addition to the programs scheduled below, Study Hall will always be
open as a space for conversation, learning and reflection. Sign up to
be a teacher, student, or witness onsite at the Philadelphia Art
Alliance during school hours.

 

A
selection of confirmed offerings is included below.

Orientation:
The School for Temporary Liveness

The
School for Temporary Liveness Team

Wednesday,
Sept. 25 | 6:00 p.m.

 

Join
the Study Hall for an opening gesture of orientation to begin The
School for Temporary Liveness
.

 

Workshop
Series
: XOIR

Colin
Self

Session
#1 | Thursday, Sept. 26 | 5:30–7:00 p.m.

Session
#2
| Friday, Sept. 27 |
4:00–6:00 p.m.

Session
#3 | Saturday, Sept. 28 | 6:00–8:00 p.m.

Session
#4
| Sunday, Sept.
29 | 11:30 a.m.1:00
p.m.

 

Colin
Self will lead a series of XOIR sessions weaving together group
singing with dialogue and shared research. Source materials will
include texts and concepts by Anne Carson,
Dr.
Bessel van der Kolk, Jon Lindblom, Mark Fisher, Ursula K. Le Guin and
Hannah Hurtzig.
XOIR
(pronounced choir) is rooted in collectively building an alternative
form of group singing outside the traditional canon of notated sheet
music. Previous participation with group singing or music practice is
not required and this series will seek to expand vocal inquiry across
diverse backgrounds, providing an expansive potential for exploring
the voice as a somatic tool for learning. Curiosity over expertise,
willingness over skill. 

 

Talk:
The Intelligence of Hands 

Jarrett
Earnest

Thursday,
Sept. 26 | 7:30 p.m.

The
aptitudes of hands are written in their touching and holding. The
aptitudes of hands are written in their curves and structures,”
wrote art historian
Henri Focillon
.
Shifts in technology necessitate new consideration of previously
naturalized experiences. For instance: in the twenty-first century,
our most sophisticated tool—the hand—is increasingly reduced to a
mere scrolling agent, from finger tip of the index finger. This
lecture examines the role of the human hand in the history of images
and its relevance to contemporary art. 

 

Workshop:
Wisdom can only be passed
on by the touching of hands”

Jarrett
Earnest

Saturday,
Sept. 28 | 4:00–6:00 p.m.

This
workshop expands on ideas from
The
Intelligence of Hands” in experiential form. The title is taken
from a plaque beneath a bronze cast of Genesis P-Orridge’s
piece
Touching
of Hands,” words spoken to he/r by Brion Gysin. As a group we will
make life-casts of our hands, which will form the conceptual basis
for individual projects that can include photography, drawing or
performance, and which will be shared at the end of the session.
Inspiration will come through the discussion of artworks by Yvonne
Rainer, Carolee Schneemann, Rebecca Horn and Avram Finkelstein, among
others. 

 

Conversation:
Co-creating presence(s) and past(s)

Brooke
Holmes and Isabel Lewis

Saturday,
Sept. 28 | 6 p.m.

Brooke
Holmes and Isabel Lewis explore the question: How do we forge lives
together in relationship to pasts that are neither fully shared nor
fully individual? The conversation begins with an exploration of
the ancient concept of
sympathy,”
a Greek word that affirms the possibility of being affected together
without erasing the boundaries of specific bodies, with their
specific histories and specific compositions.  It moves into an
experiment in dialogue as a form of
temporary
liveness,” where conversation is a particular kind of space for
sustaining sympathy, all the while considering the many layered pasts
of
The School for Temporary Liveness
as common ground.

 

Talk:
Carceral Temporalities

Jackie
Wang

Sunday,
Sept. 29 | 1:30 p.m.

Contemporary
politics of safety are strongly linked to forms of empathetic
identification. Infrastructures of algorithmic policing define who is
worthy of feeling safe and secure and enact or suspend one’s
future. A language of comfort acknowledges those considered innocent
and pure and justifies violence for others. But what about the lives
being paused and no longer acknowledged? Prison abolitionist, poet,
writer and performer Jackie Wang has been examining this question as
part of her work on
carceral
capitalism.
” At her talk, she will
discuss how carceral temporalities are brutally imposed and emphasize
the potential to escape and disrupt time. Drawing inspiration from
the work of Moor Mother and the Black Quantum Futurism Collective,
she will explore modes of inhabiting time that undermine carceral
temporalities.

 

Reading
Room by Ulises

How
might the performance of the body inform our understanding of the
circulation of books? Ulises invites you to a room for reading and
reflection open throughout the duration of The School for
Temporary Liveness
. Housed within the Study Hall, the reading
room will gather texts that inform and extend from The School for
Temporary Liveness’s
curriculum and participating
practitioners.

 

Ulises
Pop-up Shop

Browse
a selection of domestic and international titles—including
independent art publications and artists’ books—on critical
theory, embodied practice, Black radical thought and other concepts
key to The School for Temporary Liveness.

 

Night
School

Saturday,
Sept. 28 11 p.m.–Sunday, Sept 29 10 a.m.

Spend
the night with us. What kinds of study and learning can happen only
at night? 

We
will dance, write, listen to music, watch films, read out loud, sleep
and dream.

 

The
School for Temporary Liveness
Schedule:


School
Hours
Wednesday,
Sept. 25–Friday, Sept. 27 | 4 p.m.–10 p.m.
Saturday,
Sept. 28 | 4 p.m.–midnight
Sunday,
Sept. 29 | midnight–4 p.m.
Monday,
Sept. 30–Wednesday, Oct. 2 |  4 p.m.–10 p.m.

 

Wednesday,
Sept. 25

6
p.m. Orientation | Study Hall

7
p.m. 
#PUNK by
nora chipaumire | Performance | The Library

8
p.m. Existing Otherwise by Isabel Lewis |
Performance | The Classroom

9
p.m. Garden Party

 

Thursday,
Sept. 26

4
p.m. Existing Otherwise by Isabel Lewis |
Performance | The Classroom

5:30
p.m. XOIR Session #1 with Colin Self | Workshop | Study Hall

7:30
p.m. “The Intelligence of Hands” by Jarrett Earnest | Talk |
Study Hall

8:15
p.m. “Forcible Performance” by Simone White | Talk | Study
Hall

9
p.m. 100% POP by nora chipaumire | Performance | The
Library

 

Friday,
Sept. 27

4
p.m.  XOIR Session #2 with Colin Self | Workshop | Study
Hall

6
p.m. *N!GGA by nora chipaumire | Performance | The
Library

7
p.m. “The Peripheral Gaze” by Tiona Nekkia McClodden | Talk |
Study Hall

8
p.m. Existing Otherwise by Isabel Lewis |
Performance | The Classroom

 

Saturday,
Sept. 28

4
p.m. “Wisdom can only be passed on by the touching of hands”
with Jarrett Earnest | Workshop | Study Hall

4
p.m. Existing Otherwise by Isabel Lewis |
Performance | The Classroom

6
p.m. Co-creating presence(s) and past(s) with Isabel Lewis and Brooke
Holmes | Conversation | Study Hall

6
p.m.  XOIR Session #3 with Colin Self | Workshop | Study Hall

8
p.m. #PUNK 100%POP *N!GGA by nora chipaumire |
Performance | The Library

 

NIGHT
SCHOOL

11
p.m. XOIR Performance

12:00
a.m.
Abolitionist Poetics and the Practice of Dreaming
(Workshop) | Jackie Wang

1
a.m–10 a.m. FULL SCHEDULE coming soon

 

Sunday,
Sept. 29

11:30
a.m.
Isabel Lewis, Brooke Holmes and guests
| Conversation | Study Hall

11:30
a.m. XOIR Session #4 with Colin Self | Workshop | Study Hall

1:30
p.m. Carceral Temporalities by Jackie Wang | Talk | Study Hall

2:30
p.m. Rizvana Bradley, followed by conversation with nora chipaumire |
Talk | Study Hall

 

Monday,
Sept. 30

5
p.m. Study Hall with Tiona Nekkia McClodden

7
p.m. Existing Otherwise by Isabel Lewis |
Performance | The Classroom

9
p.m. 
#PUNK by
nora chipaumire | Performance | The Library

 

Tuesday,
Oct. 1

4
p.m. Existing Otherwise by Isabel Lewis |
Performance | The Classroom

6
p.m. Study Hall with Rizvana Bradley and Simone White

8
p.m. #PUNK *N!GGA by nora chipaumire | Performance | The
Library

 

Wednesday,
Oct. 2

4
p.m. Study Hall with nora chipaumire, Isabel Lewis and the School for
Temporary Liveness

8
p.m. Closing Party

 

The
School of Dance at University of the Arts,
under the leadership
of Donna Faye Burchfield, is a community of 300 talented, expressive
students and an exceptional faculty of accomplished professionals
with abilities and experiences that are diverse and far-reaching. The
School of Dance reimagines and reinvigorates curricular approaches to
reflect the ever-expanding landscape of dance while training and
supporting the futures of young dance artists. Students are
encouraged to discover their interests, articulate their perspectives
and situate themselves as participants capable of developing new
critical approaches to dance and performance. The curriculum takes
the depth and rigor of a discipline-based dance conservatory while
actively interweaving practice and theory, as well as maintaining
international collaborations and exchanges on undergraduate and
graduate levels. 

The
Pew Center for Arts & Heritage
is a multidisciplinary grantmaker and hub for knowledge-sharing,
funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts, dedicated to fostering a vibrant
cultural community in Greater Philadelphia. The Center invests in
ambitious, imaginative and catalytic work that showcases the region’s
cultural vitality and enhances public life and engages in an exchange
of ideas concerning artistic and interpretive practice with a broad
network of cultural practitioners and leaders. pewcenterarts.org

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