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31/05/13 23:02

The Arts


Arts Research Institute


Andre Lepecki

Associate Professor of Performance Studies New York University

Not as before, but again: reenactments as "transcreation" In this talk, I will approach the choreographic problem of the scored performance in order to assess the current investment of reenactments in the performing arts, and particularly in dance. Departing from the writings and scores of Allan Kaprow, as well as from my own expereince directing his 1959 piece "18 Happenings in 6 Parts," I will explore how Kaprow's concept of "reinvention" complicates the issue of authorial intent in live performance and dance. The intriguing concept of "transcreation," proposed by Brazilian poet and theorist Haroldo de Campos, will be introduced and discussed in order to push Kaprow's own proposition to its limits and to investigate the (non-authorial) inventive force propelling every reenactment -- a force that, I will propose, derives from the choreographic object itself, and that makes all reenactment to hover somewhere between translation and invention. In other words, reenactmant as "transcreation": never as before, but always again.

A recording of this talk can be found at:

Andre Lepecki is Associate Professor at the Department of Performance Studies at New York University. He is the author of Exhausting Dance: Performance and the

Politics of Movement (translated into 6 languages), among other publications. He

was co-curator of the interactive archive on dance and visual arts for the exhibition "Choreographing You" at the Hayward Gallery, London. He is recepient of the "Best Performance" Award from AICA (USA Section, 2008) for his co-curatorial and directorial work in the authorized re-doing of Allan Kaprow's 18 Happenings in 6

Parts. In 2008 and 2009 he was the curator of the performing arts festival IN
TRANSIT, at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin. Selected Publications: Single Authored Books:

Exhausting Dance: Performance and the Politics of Movement. London and New
York: Routledge, 2006. Edited Books:

The Senses in Performance. Co-edited with Sally Banes. London and New York:
Routledge, (Forthcoming 2006).

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Andre Lepecki |

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Of the Presence of the Body: Essays on Dance and Performance Theory.

Middletown: Wesleyan University Press, 2004. Chapters in Books: The body in the expanded field: perception, collective and image in Heine Avdal and Deepblue. Gestiske Koblinger - Om kroppsforstelse i norsk samtidsdans og kultur, Ed. Camilla Eeg. Oslo: Spartacus / Norwegian Cultural Council, forthcoming 2006. Provocations to Performance. Bodies-Cities-Subjects. Ed. Gabriele Klein. Wien: Passagen Verlag, 2005. Exhausting Dance: some thoughts on the choreo-political. Live: Art and

Performance. Ed.
Adrian Heathfield and Hugo Glendinning,. London and New York: Routledge, 2004. Une Graphologie Infinie, Sous ses Pieds, la Toile and Visage dans le Champ de la Luminosit. Acte I. Pour Un Nouveau Muse. Ed. Jean-Michel Bouhours and Allen Weiss. Paris: Editions de la Matinire, 2004. Toppling: Panoramix and the weight of vision, La Ribot. Ed. Centre National de la Danse. Paris: Pantin, 2004. Five Thoughts on the Choreo-political Neo-colonial. The Third Body. Ed. Johannes Odenthal. Berlin: Theater der Zeit, 2004. Inscribing Dance. Of the Presence of the Body: Essays on Dance and Performance

Ed. Andr Lepecki. Middletown: Wesleyan University Press, 2004. "Introduction: Presence and Body in Dance and Performance Theory." In Of the

Presence of the Body: Essays on Dance and Performance Theory, Ed. Andr Lepecki.
Middeltown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2004. untitled. Capitals. Ed. Maria de Assis and Mrten Spngberg. Lisboa: Fundao Calouste Gulbenkian, 2004.

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