Susanne Foellmer


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    Aesthetic theory of the 20th century; Choreography and performativity in social and political settings; Corporeality, reconstruction and heritage in performance and contemporary dance



    Susanne Foellmer is a dance and theatre scholar. She received her PhD at Freie Universität Berlin, focusing on unfinished corporealities in contemporary dance and performance art. Educated at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies at the Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen (MA degree) her dissertation dealt with dance and drama in the Weimar Era with a special focus on the dancer and actress Valeska Gert, addressing also re-presentations of gender, politics and inter/mediality.

    Her most recent research approaches dance and performance from the perspective of “leftovers”, being examined in her project “On Remnants and Vestiges. Strategies of Remaining in the Performing Arts” (funded by German Research Foundation/DFG).

    On an interdisciplinary level in the field of sociology and communication studies, she is furthermore investigating in the interrelations of dance and politics, particularly with regard to choreographies of local protest in topical situations of social movements and its globally distributed social mediatisations (for instance flash mobs).

    Besides, Susanne has been working as a dramaturge in dance and theatre, with Helena Botto, Dance Company Rubato, Isabelle Schad, and Jeremy Wade, among others. She also has been active as a curator in dance exhibitions and for the Dance Congress 2009 at Kampnagel, Hamburg.

    In the broader context of outside academia cultural work she acted as a member of the Jury for Dance and Theatre at the Berlin Senate, Department for Cultural Affairs as well as chair of the umbrella association Contemporary Dance Berlin (ZTB).


    Vision Statement


    Taking dance and choreography as a core of my research, I am largely interested in regarding these as impetus and nexus for a wider perspective on what movement releases and implies in both the narrower field of the performing arts ­– for instance examining the ontological challenges when it comes to archiving and reconstruction – as well as in areas more or less akin to it, involving for instance a critical view on sociability and politicality from a dance and choreography point of view.

    Bridging those fields, an important focus of mine lies in the understanding of dance theory as a specific critical practice, as well as reflecting artistic work in interdisciplinary research contexts and the social and political realm.

    Education/Academic qualification

    Theatre Studies, Doctorate, Freie Universität Berlin

    1 Oct 200315 Jul 2008

    Award Date: 15 Jul 2008

    Theatre Studies, MA, Justus Liebig University Giessen

    1 Oct 199315 Dec 1998

    Award Date: 15 Dec 1998


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