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Producing Memory in Dance
Oral History and Mnemotechnics

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Producing Memory in Dance: Oral History and Mnemotechnics

International conference


Start date: 18/11/2021 | 14:00 (CEST)

End date: 20/11/2021 | 18:30 (CEST)


Location: Campus Carlone and MSHS Sud-Est, Université Côte d'Azur– Nice, France.

The registration is now open.



The international webinar Producing Memory in Dance: Archiving, Transmitting, Forgetting and the international conference Producing Memory in Dance: Oral History and Mnemotechnics aim to discuss how dance history contributes to the investigation of the past as an ongoing process. Considering movement as a strategy for preserving and transforming meaning and adapting memory as a research tool, a group of scholars and artists explore how dancing bodies remember, archive and transmit experiences, knowledge and culture. The twin-event also questions canonical genealogies of artists, traditions, genres and repertoires by taking into account the role of removal and oblivion in the construction of individual and collective memories. 

Starting from November 12, a series of video interviews with dance artists on oral and corporeal memory in dance will be available on the website of Mnemedance only upon registration. Additional interviews will be conducted during the days of the conference and will be available on live streaming to the subscribers.

The international webinar and conference are organised in the framework of the research project Memory in Motion. Re-membering Dance History (Mnemedance) and they take place in collaboration with Practices of interviewing in dance, a project led by a team of dance scholars at Université Côte d'Azur. They are also supported by the research projects Auto_Bio_Graphy as Performance. A Field of Dance Historiography that is conducted at Universität Bern, and Reenactment as Historiography: A New History of 20th-Century Dance that is based at the University of Cambridge.



Sanja Andus L’Hotellier (School of the Arts and Media, UNSW Sydney)
Bettina Blaesing (Technische Universität Dortmund)

Kate Elswit (Central School for Speech and Drama, London)
Jeffrey Friedman (Rutgers University, New Jersey)

Arnaud Halloy (Université Côte d’Azur)

Yvonne Hardt (Hochschule für Musik und Tanz, Köln)
Claudia Jeschke (Salzburg University)

Friederike Lampert (ZHdK University of the Arts, Zurich)

Isabelle Launay (Université Paris 8)
Bruno Ligore (Université Côte d’Azur)

Mélanie Messager (Université Paris 8)

Jochen Roller (ZHdK University of the Arts, Zurich)

Lucia Ruprecht (University of Cambridge)

Gerald Siegmund (Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen)
Ricardo Viviani (choreographer and performer)

Elizabeth Waterhouse (Universität Bern)

Marcus Weisen (ENS Paris)


Sarah Andrieu (Université Côte d’Azur)

Ariadne Mikou (Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia)

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Susanne Franco, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia

Federica Fratagnoli, Université Côte d’Azur

Marina Nordera, Université Côte d’Azur

Lucia Ruprecht, University of Cambridge

Christina Thurner, Universität Bern

Elizabeth Waterhouse, Universität Bern

Julia Wehren, Universität Bern




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