in practice
Parliament of questions for a political body: who has one?
With Volmir Cordeiro, Gustavo Vicente e Rui Pina Coelho
22nd to 26st June | Centro Ciência Viva do Alviela (Alcanena)

Because it doesn’t interest us (here, now) to define a political body, we propose the establishment of a parliament of individual and/or collective questions that may be addressed to the notions of body and politics, as well as their many possible intersections. We prefer questions because they know how to disseminate, to provoke, to unfold into other questions and to transform, without ever ceasing to have an authorship, a signature — to ask is also to intervene. We suggest a parliament in what it has of an assembly of members that speak (parlent), preach and expose themselves when presenting propositions of social change. We consider that speech is at the centre of the political body: who speaks, who is heard, who is understood, who is followed and for what reasons? To speak, to discuss, to listen and to question are the basic tools to act IN PRACTICE in democracy: which speeches matter and through what means do they express? The sensitive world where we stand and with which we will interact is the one of dance and other performing arts. Through conversations and debates around the formulation of questions, we hope to instigate inquiring performances capable of altering the settled course of things. The criteria which envelopes this encounter is that politics is not just for specialized managers nor about seeking for a docile agreement between oppositions; politics is something in the body, and being in the body is something for all the people.

To start with: Which position for which political body? How do we politicize our practice? How do we recognize a political content in a work of art? To write, to choreograph, to dance: when do such practices become political? From which tangible elements of its process, aesthetics and design, do we create a political narrative that enhances our body as an engaged, claimant and activist body? How to create towards equality? To think politically is an intellectual ability? Who benefits from it?

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22 June
10 am to 11am | Participants Reception
22 to 25 June
11am to 17h30 pm | Collective practices
17h30 pm to 18h30 pm | Individual Practices: One Body of Parliaments
26 June
11 am to 16 pm | Collective practices
16 am to 18h30 pm | Session open to the public
From 18h30 | Free night
Questions of the day
22 June | Which body for which policy?
Volmir Cordeiro
Volmir Cordeiro

Born in 1987, in Brazil, Volmir Cordeiro firstly graduated in theater and worked with the Brazilian choreographers Alejandro Ahmed, Cristina Moura et Lia Rodrigues. Volmir Cordeiro graduated in 2012 from Essais, Angers Choreographic Centerʼs experimental dance training, with Céu, a much-regarded solo work that extensively toured European and Brazilian dance festivals, and he is now working on a PhD thesis on the figures of marginality in contemporary dance. Volmir Cordeiro has performed in the projects of Xavier Le Roy, Laurent Pichaud, Rémy Héritier, Emmanuelle Huynh, Jocelyn Cottencin et Vera Mantero. In 2014, he created the solo Inês, and in 2015, the duet Epoque with the Paris based chilean dancer Marcela Santander Corvalán. He has just closed a first cycle of his work, made of the three solos : Céu, Inês and Rue (created in october 2015 at Musée du Louvre, in collaboration with FIAC). Volmir Cordeiro was the associate artist at Ménagerie de Verre in 2015 and since 2017 is associate artiste at Centre National de la Danse (CND – Pantin). Volmir regularly teaches in choreography courses such as Master Exerce in Montpellier (France), or Master Drama in Gent (Belgium).

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