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8th IDOCDE Residency and Symposium
Residency: July 20-24, 2020
Symposium: July 25-26, 2020
@ ImPulsTanz Vienna International Dance Festival






This year, the IDOCDE residency and symposium are pairing up with architects from the Technical University of Vienna in a cross-disciplinary symposium to engage with the elements of space / place in relation to becoming and action:

How does space and place condition what is possible to think and enact within a space and a place?

How (and what kind of) action can construct or reconstruct a space and a place?


TAKING SPACE MAKING PLACE oscillates ideas of space and place from both choreographic and architectural points of view and invites practitioners involved in either field or any intersection of these, interested in but not limited to the site-responsive / site-specific, environmental and material thinking, landscape design, communities and embodiment created through space or place, embodiment creating space or place, and social performance research.


We are constructing TAKING SPACE MAKING PLACE through symposium-ing, an approach that will make it possible for the form of the IDOCDE symposium to be predetermined through the organisational process as little as possible. This year’s symposium is to emerge through the practice of community-ing, or, through the practice of worlding, explained by choreographer & researcher Victoria Hunter (2015):

“Worlding (…) is not simply a result of our existence in or passive encounter with particular environments, circumstances events or places. Worlding is informed by our turning of attention to a certain experience, place or encounter and our active engagement with the materiality and context in which events and interactions occur. It is above all an embodied and enacted process – a way of being in the world - consisting of an individual's whole-person act of attending to the world.”


This year’s symposium will take shape through sensitive and sensible thinking and action. In other words, it is being created through and with the participants both in content and form.


Assuming that form foreshadows power and assuming that predetermination of form foreshadows the predetermination of value, can we organise ourselves such that relevant form can emerge in-real-time, a form sensitive to relevant needs and wants, such that it can be recognised by those who are here?



On symposium-ing

What makes a symposium? What makes a community? What makes a world? The stories we tell, the games we play, the rituals we weave, the structures we build, the rules we write, and follow, and criticise, and question, and change. What if… in the high-pitched words of Deborah Hay, at the start of this new decade, we decide to tell stories instead of giving lectures? What if… we decide to play games, instead of teaching and taking workshops and master-classes? What if… instead of assuming that we already know how to be together, we start by acknowledging each other for those qualities we can recognise in ourselves when we are alone? What if… we lead with an introduction and work our way from there, one step at a time?


What are the skills necessary to take this endeavour on and not just survive, but thrive? As individuals? As a community? And what are the skills necessary not just to thrive, but to learn?



*** Hunter, V. (2015). Dancing - Worlding the Beach. Revealing Connections Through Phenomenological Movement Inquiry in: Berberich, C.; Campbell, N.; and Hudson, R.  (Eds.). Affective Landscapes in Literature, Art and Everyday Life: Memory, Place and the Senses. Farnham: Ashgate Publishing



On IDOCDE residency-ing

The IDOCDE residency consists of a number of study-groups, each hosting a maximum of 6 dancer/artists/pedagogues and architects, Monday to Friday, July 20-24. Each residency will be facilitated by an IDOCDE-invited guest-artist, whose role will be to support the group in articulating individual interests and practices relative to this year’s world-building goal, towards developing a sensitivity and skills needed for sharing and learning within the given context, towards maturing as artists and teachers and contemporaries on this majestic planet we call Earth. The study-groups differ in their composition, some may be specialized for either architects or dancers, some may emphasize cross-disciplinary dialogue. All participants are expected to bring  their own practice into the residency. All freelance practitioners, and MA / PhD / MFA students are welcome.

IDOCDE residents will suggest practices of world-building through which the IDOCDE symposium is to emerge. The residencies will be an integral part of the symposium creation. 

Residency hosts: Michael Obrist (TU Wien), Carol Brown (University of Melbourne), and others tbd.


Residency and symposium application formats and fees will be published mid March!