more on ‘performing lectures’

.. already since July 2004 Unfriendly Takeover are presenting their project called “Performing Lectures”. A series of investigative performances aiming to explore the practical and theoretical possibilities and borders of lecture performances.

For some years now, even decades, there is talk about the fusion of artistic practice and its theory, about the crossing of the borders of genres, about self-reflective art and creative science. No wonder that Xavier Le Roy’s “Product of Circumstances” of 1999 lecture performances have become more and more popular.
Popular as a thrilling, performative and discursive medium for choreographers, performers, directors and theorists alike. The seemingly narrow formal limitations of the performance lecture offer a set of unique, often quite complex opportunities and challenges. The lecture as performance, reflection as self-reflection, content as form, language as action.

Yet a lecture is not automatically a performance, and a performance not automatically a lecture. What lies behind all this? Which possibilites do lecture performances offer ­ for arts as well as for passing knowledge? … (link)

videos of the single performances can be downloaded via their site.

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