Lin Hixson, Matthew Goulish, Amanda Piña & Antoine Pickels

Endangered Practices

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In conjunction to the flourishing of choreographic practices, many artists started to research “abandoned uses” and convey messages around the recovery of disciplinary diversity. From the UN Heritage List fight against the extinction of traditional dances to today’s artists investigating new pathways to bring in their contemporary work the “intangible”, the “past” or the “other”, we will exchange views on choreographic practices and different forms of rituals mirroring our complex societies, and addressing political issues.

Time table:

9:30 coffee

10:00 Welcome words and introduction

10:15 Lecture and questions Matthew and Lin

11:15 small break

11:30 Lecture and questions Amanda Piña

12:30 Lunch break – vegetarian lunch + drink included.

13:30 Round table with Amanda, Matthew and Lin and general discussion

15:00 Conclusion

15:15 Break

16:00 Lecture Dissent in the City + questions – (ticket included) – Optional

20:00 Inga Huld Hákonardóttir / Again The Sunset (performance at Pakhus 11/ ticket included) – Optional


Lin Hixson (director) and Matthew Goulish (dramaturg) co-founded Every house has a door in 2008. The Chicago-based performance company assembles diverse, intergenerational, project-specific teams of specialists, and has presented 12 performance works in local, national, and international contexts. Hixson and Goulish received honorary doctorates from Dartington College of Arts, University of Plymouth, in 2007. They shared the United States Artists Ziporyn Fellowship in 2009, and a fellowship from the Foundation for Contemporary Art in 2014. Their collaborative writing has appeared in the anthologies Small Acts of Repair Performance, Ecology, and Goat Island (2007); Live – Art and Performance (2015); Imperceptibly and Slowly Opening (2016); Imagined Theatres: Writing for a Theoretical Stage (2017); The Creative Critic – Writing as/about Practice (2018), and the journal Parallax. They both teach at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. everyhousehasadoor.org

Amanda Piña is a Mexican-Chilean-Austrian choreographer, dancer and cultural worker living between Vienna and Mexico City. Her choreographic work is concerned with the decolonisation of art, focusing on the political power of dance, understood as socioenvironmental movement. Her performances are contemporary rituals for temporary dismantling the ideological separations between contemporary, modern and traditional, the human, the animal and the vegetal, nature and culture. Amanda Piña is interested in making art beyond the idea of a product, and in developing new frameworks for the creation of sensual experiences. Her work within the artistic association nadaproductions has been presented in renown art institutions such as TQW, MUMOK and ImpulsTanzFestival in Vienna, Fondation Cartier, Paris, DeSingel, Antwerp, Royal Festival Hall London, ImpulsTanzFestival Vienna, STUK Leuven, Buda Kortrijk, Beursschouwburg Brussels, Tanz NRW, Düsseldorf and HAU, Hebbel am Uffer, Berlin, NAVE and Festival Internacional Santiago a Mil in Chile. She currently leads the gallery space specialized in dance and performance nadaLokal in Vienna, and works on the realization of the long-term project Endangered Human Movements, dedicated to dances and cultural practices that have already vanished or are threatened with extinction. Four volumes of research in the scope of this project have been already realized, which include performances, publications, curatorial frames, workshops and lectures. www.nadaproductions.at

Antoine Pickels (BE) lives and works in Brussels. He was – or still is – a visual artist, performer, experimental filmmaker, lighting designer, scenographer, director, playwright, curator, essayist and publisher. A professor at the La Cambre school of visual arts, and at the circus school ESAC in Brussels, his teaching covers history and current trends in the performing arts. He regularly contributes to journals, collective works, exhibition catalogues and conferences in Europe. A freelance curator since 1980, he was the Coordinator of Programming and Theatre and Performance Programmer at Les Halles de Schaerbeek (2004-2006), Director of La Bellone, Maison du Spectacle (2007-2011), and Artistic Adviser of Cifas, for which he edited the magazine Klaxon and programmed the festival SIGNAL of live art in public space (2009-2018). He is founder and curator of the festival Trouble, at Les Halles de Schaerbeek (2005-2013), and of Studio Thor since 2019.

“Artists as Researchers

Dansehallerne, in close collaboration with its Nordic institutional partners, develops a series of Artistic Research Seminars and Artistic Research Labs. Taking place in the Nordic countries between 2018 and 2020, they constructively bridge artistic practice and academic research in the field of choreography – the overarching theme of this initiative is FUTURITIES.

By creating a comfort zone for academic researchers and choreographers to engage in in-depth dialogue, Dansehallerne and its partners offer opportunities for peer-to-peer exchange in order to access and develop new knowledge, and address common areas of interest.

The lecture and discussion will be in English

Venue: Forsøgsstationen, Sønder Blvd. 81, 1720 København V

9:30 - 18:00

Forsøgsstationen, Sønder Blvd. 81, 1720 København V

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