Online Courses

Curating Performance and Performativity as Curatorial Method

Lecturer: Sarah Spies, PhD

Fee: 280 CHF
Maximum participants: 15

Course dates: new dates to be announced


Departing form the rich arc of curatorial frameworks that have mined contemporary performance and choreographic practice since the early 21st century – alongside seminal examples from the 1950s onwards – under the semblance of the “new performance turn”, this online course will focus on the expansive potential of performance as a mode of production and performativity as a method of curatorial exchange. Course content will highlight critical questions around the potential for performative curatorial activities to both negotiate and critique the systems that capture intimacy, collectivity, transmission, embodiment, mediation, and spectatorship. The course will provide a range of pertinent examples (both practical and conceptual) to support more refined subject knowledge, and assignments are designed to support the emergence of individual insights and future projects.

Sarah Spies (PhD) is a choreographer, performance curator, and senior lecturer in contemporary dance and performance art. She is part of Manchester-based artists-led curatorial collective Accumulations and has worked with ICI as well as the international exchange programme MAHALA/Temporary Occupations and AFiRIperFOMA Biennial.

Image: Funmi Adewole, Restfulness, within a space curated by Elizabeth Price. Available at: Photograph: © Christian Kipp.

Preparation for the course:
Please use a headset (or headphones) and stay in a quiet place with a stable internet connection. Please read the texts which you will get access to once you have booked the course.

This intensive two-part direct live teaching course will be held over Zoom on two consecutive Saturdays, 2–6pm CET. Please prepare a very short introduction of yourself. The first session will be used for an in-depth introduction to the topic, and workshop research. Assignments will be given for the second session. Feedback and evaluation will be given in the second session. After successful completion, a certificate with 1 ECTS point will be handed out.

Technical instructions
Download the Zoom application. You will find a detailed installation guide here. Zoom can be also used in a browser window on a Mac, PC, iPad, iPhone, Android tablet or Android phone. You will find a Zoom invitation with a link to access the workshop