In the frame of Tanznacht Berlin 2016 I have started a series of video interviews with people that, in many different ways, are engaged in Dance in Berlin. The interviews are not meant to be portraits of particular people. The attention is not put on them but rather how can we see dance in Berlin through them, as if they would be a filter or glasses that render visible a particular perspective of dance in Berlin. This blog brings all the interviews together within the frame of a research with the following double question in mind: in how many different ways is and can the ethico-political be articulated in dance in Berlin?
The question is double because first, it attempts to make a diagnosis of how the ethico-political “is” already articulated and how in the present time things operate and function, what are the bad habits and the main obstacles to confront in order to not reproduce power relations based on the dominant ideologies of success, the demands of the market and the logic of networking and competitiveness. And second, it is also asking how the ethico-political body “can” be trained differently: how can “we” be united while being increasingly different? How to maintain alive heterogeneity and singularities when there is a dominant homogenization that make individuals desire the same things? How can “we” dance politically and act/do politically? What are these other forms of imagining the political and constructing dance in Berlin based on alternative metaphors,logics, paradigms of being, dancing and making work together?
“Measuring the temperature of the ethico-political body of dance in Berlin” serves as a metaphor to imagine every single interview as a chance to insert the thermometer and to measure the temperature of the levels of engagement, pathos and the different intensities that are rendered tangible through a conversation; what are the ideas that heat the conversation up? The conversation is trans-personal and travels through different bodies with different voices. This project is an attempt to render tangible a diagnosis of the different intensities and tensions that resonate behind such a continuous murmuring.
This project also wonders what “local” means in times of global economy. On one hand, during several decades, Berlin has been selling out to the world its cultural artistic creative scene for the sake of gaining an appealing city-image with the economic rewards that this implies. Berlin has become a paradigm of post-fordist social organization. There is a problem of continuity, people are not in Berlin all the time and the level of personal engagement and reliability is always relative. There is a continuous flow of people from an international network moving in and out of the city generating short term alliances in the so called ecosystem of cultural industry. These ecosystems tend to homogenize the individuals that are part of it by imposing models, ideas, ways of being that constitute the norm, for instance, professional standards. On the other hand this context allows the generation of alternative heterodox practices that claim to constitute an alternative to the dominant logic. Do they succeed on their attempt to escape from being absorbed by the processes of homogenization? However, it exists an urgent need to claim heterogeneity and a constant process of resingularization.