The Last Dance Meets The Last Repast

The Politics of the Unconscious: HYSTERIA, SURREALISM, & AVANT-GARDE DANCE

Our Guide: Marija Krtolica
Winter 2019 Version

Presentation with discussion
The talk examines the historico-political relationships between: the psychiatric transformation of madness into mental illness, the psychoanalytic discovery of the unconscious, the surrealist anti-psychiatric art, and dance-theater’s embodied expression stripped of narrative development. Hysteria as one of the most theatrical of mental illnesses, presents a point of departure for a discussion of the ways in which since modernism the artists resisted psychiatric diagnosis based on a reductive reading of symptoms. The talk will place the artistic explorations from modernism and post-modernism in a dialogue with the ideas from Lacanian psychoanalysis.

Performance: Theorizing Symptomatic Expression
Group movement improvisation:  Hystero-Grotesque Mode
Intermission

A surreal meal à la Dalí will be served

Theorizing Symptomatic Expression

“The jaws of my mind are in perpetual motion.
The sensual intelligence housed in the tabernacle of my palate
beckons me to pay greatest attention to food.
I only like to eat what has a clear and intelligible form.”
—Salvador Dali, Gastro Esthetics

“The spectacle corresponds to the historical moment at which
the commodity completes the colonization of social life.”
—Guy Debord, Society of the Spectacle

MARIJA KRTOLICA (b. 1973, Belgrade) is an international movement artist, dance researcher and teacher (BFA NYU, MFA UC Davis, MA NYU, PhD, Dance,Temple University). Her current research focuses on the meanings and symptoms of hysteria in the nineteenth century, and critical re-investigation of hysterical scenes in Tanztheater. At the artistic residence in Spread Art in Detroit, the University of Arts, Belgrade, and at the Le Couvent artistic residence in Auzits, France.

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The Politics of the Unconscious: Last Dance/Last Supper

The Politics of the Unconscious: Hysteria, Surrealism, and Avant-Garde Dance
The Last Dance meets the Last Repast
Presented by Marija Krtolica

Surreal Meal à la Dalí

Schedule:
2 p.m. Arrivals
2:15 a surprise improvisational event
2:45 discussion time, preparation for the meal
3-4 pm food is served, reflected on, and consumed
4 pm bye bye

The event investigates the embodied self as a site of personal and cultural memories evoked through sense based experiences. It proposes a conscious engagement with the aesthetic dimension of viewing, hearing, consuming, and digesting happenings, thoughts, and nutrients.

On the one hand, we will explore how the aesthetic de-hierarchization and commodity culture inform our practices as witnesses and makers. On the other, we will open up the concept of the unconscious and re-create it through imaginative practices.

Mottos for a Sunday Afternoon:

The jaws of my mind are in perpetual motion.
The sensual intelligence housed in the tabernacle of my palate beckons me to pay greatest attention to food.
I only like to eat what has a clear and intelligible form.
—Salvador Dali, Gastro Esthetics

The spectacle corresponds to the historical moment at which the commodity completes the colonization of social life.
Guy Debord, Society of the Spectacle

Marija Krtolica (b. 1973, Belgrade) is an international movement artist, dance researcher and teacher (BFA NYU, MFA UC Davis, MA NYU, completing PhD in dance at Temple University in Philadelphia). Her current research focuses on the meanings and symptoms of hysteria in the nineteenth century, and critical re-investigation of hysterical scenes in Tanztheater.

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