March 14th

In The Looking-Glass House: Ethico-Aesthetic Paradigms of Choreographic Thought,

Sílvia Pinto Coelho


Felix Guattari’s book Chaosmosis (1992) evidences the fact that great subjectivation movements don’t necessarily tend to emancipation. I propose, in the light of Guattari’s words, that paying attention to ethico-aesthetic practices can be a way of avoiding conservative reterritorrializations of subjectivity. I also wish to add to Guattari’s proposal a question that André Lepecki raises in his text Coreopolítica e Coreopolícia (2011): «Are dance and the city able to remake the circulation space into a choreopolitics which asserts a movement towards another way of life, more joyful, potent, human, and less reproductive of an unbearably tiring kinetics, although hectic and certainly spectacular?»


Sílvia Pinto Coelho is a choreographer, dancer, researcher and teacher currently finishing her PhD dissertation Body, Image and Thought, and looking forward to returning to the field of dance and choreography in which she is specialized.


Of the emergence of encounters

Ana Bigotte Vieira and Joana Braga


There are now a multitude of small-scale critical interdisciplinary practices that act in public with few means, embodying the experimentation of alternative modes of working and living together: collective coexistence, sharing spaces, combining tasks. Often standing on the border between the artistic, the political and the social, these practices assume varying configurations, having in common the potential opening of a space for the emergence of encounters, in a moment when to meet, for political reasons, is an emergency.“People have been finding each other” told us Gigi Argyropolous, referring to the effervescence of the city of Athens in recent years. Knowing that we will not embrace everything – and rightly so – we would like, under the same motto, to travel through the meetings that recently emerged in Lisbon.



Ana Bigotte Vieira is a PhD candidate in Contemporary Culture at Universidade Nova de Lisboa for which she has received a grant from Foundation for Science and Technology, Portugal. Vieira was a Visiting Scholar at NY Performance Studies Department from 2009 to 2012. She graduated in Modern and Contemporary History at the Instituto Superior de Ciencias do Trabalho e da Empresa (ISCTE), and holds a Post-graduate degree in Contemporary Culture at Universidade Nova de Lisboa. She has worked as a dramaturge and her articles have been published in Le Monde Diplomatique, idança, Sinais de Cena, revista PUNKTO, among others. Vieira has translated Giorgio Agamben, Maurizio Lazzarato, Luigi Pirandello, Mark Ravenhill, Annibale Ruccello and Spiro Scimone. She received a Dwight Conquergood Free Registration Award at PSi # 17, in Utrecht and is co-curator of Generative Indirections | Psi Regional Research Cluster/ founding member of BALDIO. She is co-editor of the magazine Jogos Sem Fronteiras. Together with Sandra Lang she has been curating small-scale discursive and performative events around Arts and Politics.


Joana Braga is an architect and researcher. She is currently a Phd candidate in Architecture of Contemporary Metropolitan Territories at ISCTE-IUL with the Thesis “Devir Comum: intersecções entre a arte, a arquitectura e a teoria crítica”. She is an associate researcher of baldio. Braga graduated in Architecture at Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade Técnica de Lisboa (2005) and she holds a Post-graduate degree in Bioclimatic Architecture and Environment Restauration at the same University. She complemented her formation with Drawing Studies at Ar.Co – Centro de Arte e Comunicação Visual. Since 2004 she worked with several architecture offices and has collaborated with visual artists, from which she mentions Atelier Bugio and the collaboration with Leonel Moura. After 2011, Braga started  developing her own projects and projects in co-authorship.


March 15th



Making the meeting: for a politics of proximity,

André Lepecki


What is, in potentia, a meeting? What is proximity? What are the forces involved, affective and politically speaking? This conference willl navigate through my personal performance art and dance archive in a way that allows us together, to think about how we are making ourselves bodies, art and lives open to meetings that offer something more than the common. A meeting on the making of meetings.


André Lepecki (Brazil, 1965) is Associate Professor at the Department of Performance Studies at New York University. He is also a curator, writer and dramaturg. Doctoral degree from NYU (2000). Author of Exhausting Dance: performance and politics of movement (Routledge 2006), currently translated into 6 languages. He edited the anthologies Of the Presence of the Body (Wesleyan 2004), The Senses in Performance (with Sally Banes, Routledge 2007), and Planes of Composition: Dance Theory and the Global (with Jenn Joy, Seagull Press 2010), and Dance (Whitechapel/MIT Press, 2012). He was the curator of the 2008 and 2009 editions of the performing arts festival IN TRANSIT also at Haus der Kulturen der Welt. His co-curatorial and directorial work on the re-doing of Allan Kaprow’s 18 Happenings in 6 Parts (commissioned by Haus der Künst, Munich) received the International Art Critics Association Award for “Best Performance” (2008). In 2010 he co-curated with Stephanie Rosenthal the Archive on Dance and Visual Arts since the 1960s for the exhibition Move: choreographing you, for the Hayward Gallery, Southbank Center, London. He has given numerous talks in Europe, the US, Brazil, Australia, including at Brown University; the Gauss Seminars at Princeton University; Centre National de la Danse, Paris; Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid; Haus der Kulturen Der Welt, Berlin; MoMA; Centro Itaú Cultural, São Paulo; the University of Ghent; Roehampton University; Tate Modern; Freie Universität, Berlin, among many other academic and cultural venues.