Priscila Fernandes, Naar de Speeltuin!, 2012, courtesy of the artist and Tenderpixel.

Social Choreography – an Ecology of Collective Experience

– curated by Borbála Soós

Julie Born Schwartz, Priscila Fernandes, Adelita Husni-Bey, Rosalind Nashashibi, Katarina Zdjelar

5, 6,7 March 2015

Thursday, 5 March, 7 – 9pm; showing continually Friday, 6 March and Saturday, 7 March, 2 – 6pm

The screening programme Social Choreography— an Ecology of Collective Experience serves as a third act to a series of activities that took place at Tenderpixel, in autumn and winter 2014-2015. The season explored the various conventions and actions related to the theatricality of the body that mark our place in society.

‘Can social choreography be described as emerging orders, which have their own logics and do not allow themselves to be diverted from the intentions and actions of individual participants?’
– Gabriele Klein: Social Choreography and the Everyday In: Rehearsing Collectivity

‘[…]dancing together is as much about how we come together to enact a community as it is about enacting and expressing the ideological framework that a community requires to persist. It is about doing community, as action and as ideology.’
– Benjamin Pohlig on Social choreography, (

‘[…] the political can appear only indirectly in the theatre, at an oblique angle. […] the political of the theatre must be conceived not as a reproduction of the political but its interruption.’
– Hans-Thies Lehmann: Das Politische Schreiben

Collective Choreography is an investigation into the various tools, strategies and agencies of theatre and choreography to address wider social issues.

What happens to the idea of choreography when transferred onto everyday life? Where do bodies and other complex systems (politics, culture, social interaction) meet? Can the body represent an allegory, or is it a domain of politics? What is the role of movement, dance and play in regard of their procedures of abstraction in the exploration of properties and possibilities of action/agency?

The screening programme explores social relations through an inquiry into gesture in the public domain. From the individual’s ways and means of navigating in the world to a larger community’s actions; from simple daily routines to abstract long term plans and systematic ways of working, the essence of human agency remains mainly performative.

The artists use the format of the film shoot to collaborate with various groups of people in different scenarios and hence co-produce scripts and transdisciplinary approaches. In these pieces the artists and participants develop and perform possibilities for new systems of communality. These forms of civic imaginary or fictional realities act as a constantly mutant epistemology, dissenting from pre-given structures, and opening up the potential dialogue on the future.

Screening Programme
Thursday, 5 March, 7 – 9pm
Showing continually 6 and 7 March 2015, 2 – 6pm

Julie Born Schwartz
Love has no reason, 2014,
HD video I 18’19’’

Rosalind Nashashibi
Lovely Young People (Beautiful Supple Bodies), 2012
16mm film transferred to HD video I 13’00’’

Priscila Fernandes
In Search of the Self, 2010
HD video I 16’17”

Adelita Husni-Bey
Postcards from the Desert Island, 2011
SD video transferred to DVD, French with English subtitles I 22’23”

Priscila Fernandes
Naar de Speeltuin!, 2012
HD video I 7’00’’

Katarina Zdjelar
Everything Is Gonna Be, 2008
HD video I 3’35″

Julie Born Schwartz, Love has no reason, 2014, courtesy of the artist and Tenderpixel.

Priscila Fernandes, In Search of the Self, 2010, courtesy of the artist and Tenderpixel.

Adelita Husni-Bey, Postcards from the Desert Island, 2011, courtesy of the artist and Tenderpixel.

Katarina Zdjelar, Everything Is Gonna Be, 2008, courtesy of the artist and Tenderpixel.

Rosalind Nashashibi, Lovely Young People (Beautiful Supple Bodies), 2012, Courtesy of Rosalind Nashashibi, Murray Guy, New York and LUX, London and Tenderpixel.

We are grateful for the support of: