ongoing (MON/TUE every two weeks) || 18:00-20:00 || online
Common Space is a non-for-profit, seminar/workshop-based collective. Initiated in May 2020, it has been set up as fortnightly meetings delivered in a non-hierarchical, online shared space. The method of our work is based on reading and moderated discussion around texts written by practitioners and researchers of the body movement. Its crucial parts are bespoke choreographic practices proposed by the group’s members and informed by working with imagination, drawing, attention, and word. The activity of the group is documented in the form of collective notes.
The key aims of the Common Space are:
● building a non-institutional community of creators based on care and trust;
● creating a possibility of exploration of individual and collective art practices;
● developing the language of the theory of movement and its crossover with practice.
The Common Space stems from a deep need for social solidarity and transition from an individual to a collective search for tools of creative cooperation, generating and sharing the knowledge and discourse around dance, performance art, and good practices of ‘choreography of organizing from the bottom up’. The creative exchange of experiences not focused on obtaining tangible work places us in opposition to the common phenomenon of a cultural overproduction and has the potential of becoming both a source and a research apparatus, which could function also outside of the context of the pandemic. The initiative focuses on talking, critiquing, inspiring, and confronting various opinions.
We believe that creativity is a form of developing and maintaining bonds, a precious process, which is also time-, attention- and energy-consuming. The lockdown, the social distance regime, and the transfer of activities to the virtual space, have revealed the potential for a meeting placed outside of the currently existing structures. During the pandemic, the conceptual, collective work on the movement research enables us to develop practices in the time of impeded contacts and precarious status of female artists. We consider the diversity of our sensitivities, as well as experiences gained in many creative communities and places around the world, an asset that enriches the dynamics of our meetings and the self-organization of our group.