Physical dramaturgy - Backtracking


With Martin Nachbar and Jeroen Peeters

Dramaturgy’s “what and how” and its relations to choreography are to be invented anew with each creative process, though the accumulation of experience may very well provide a springboard for sharing knowledge within the field. Informed by their longstanding collaboration, choreographer Martin Nachbar and dramaturg Jeroen Peeters will lead a workshop centered around “physical dramaturgy”.

Physical dramaturgy seeks to explore and exhaust the realm of meaning triggered by moving bodies, as well by as the various materials and ideas that populate a creation process. In order to facilitate artistic research within a creative process, it insists on analyzing one’s own practice and stimulating an awareness of the underpinnings and contexts of one’s work.

Physical dramaturgy embraces an ethics of collaboration and regards practice and theory, research and making, movement and reflection as intertwined activities. As an oscillating in-between space it may become a discursive site, a place that enables a critical understanding of time, space, perception, and the production of meaning.

The workshop will take place in Brussels, 13-17 June 2011, 10am-5pm Organized by Sarma @ WorkSpace Brussels


Jeroen Peeters (Brussels) is active as a writer, dramaturg, performer and curator. Trained in art history and philosophy, he publishes on dance and performance in various specialized media, including Contact Quarterly, corpus, Dance Theatre Journal, Etcetera, Maska, Mouvement and TM. Together with Myriam Van Imschoot and Kristien Van den Brande, Peeters directs Sarma. As dramaturg, artistic collaborator or performer, Peeters has contributed to performances and research projects of a.o. Eleanor Bauer, Paul Deschanel Movement Research Group, deufert + plischke, Sabina Holzer, Anne Juren, Thomas Lehmen, Vera Mantero, Martin Nachbar, Meg Stuart and Superamas.

Martin Nachbar (Berlin) is dancer, performer and choreographer. He writes about his practices and processes for various publications. He trained at the School for New Dance Development, Amsterdam, in New York City, at PARTS, Brussels, and at the Amsterdam Master of Choreogaphy. Nachbar collaborated in different functions with artists of different fields (Thomas Plischke, Alice Chauchat, Vera Mantero, Les Ballets C. de la B., Meg Stuart, Thomas Lehmen, Benjamin Schweitzer, Joachim Schlömer, Carlos Pez, Martine Pisani, Paul Hendrikse a.o.). He has been making work and teaching in various contexts in Europe and overseas.