Any Table Any Room

Jonathan Burrows (Artist)

Research output: Practice-Based and Non-textual ResearchPerformance

Abstract

Any Table Any Room is a practice based research, focussed on the agency of the individual within group choreographic situations: what room remains for choice? what's the experience of surrendering self into a field of activity? what are the personal, social and political consequences of this surrender? what underlies tensions between enjoyment of unison and fear of its misuse as a tool for coercion and control?

The piece is a 45 minute performance for 6 people sat at 3 tables. It's starting point is a translation of the form of composer Karlheinz Stockhausen's 1969 vocal piece Stimmung, a structured improvisation for 6 voices, which itself explores freedom and collectivity within the group. The key principle of Stockhausen's piece, is that each of 51 blocks has a designated leader, whose role is to recognise when the previous block has 'integrated', at which point they may initiate the next. This leadership by retrospective recognition of a collective decision, is the inverse of usual leadership roles as predictor of future action, and so offers a tool for questioning decision making within the group.

Materials for the performance include written scores, clay objects hand made by the performers, gestures, drones, songs, piano, harmonicas and projected song texts. Texts for the songs are from theoretical writing on community and popular music.

Outcomes for this research include international performances with a different group of 6 performers in each setting; conversations within those groups and recording of responses to the questions raised by the work; collation of scores; public conversations; workshops; notebooks and prepared writing and lectures. Widening the scope of the discussion around the work in this way, is intended to raise awareness both of the issues raised in terms of future models of choreographic practice, and the larger value of dance as a collective action.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 17 Oct 2017

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Song
Performer
Karlheinz Stockhausen
Collectivity
Unison
Surrender
Predictors
Notebook
Decision Making
Enjoyment
Community music
Collective Action
Popular music
Composer
Handmade
Dance
Questioning
Coercion
Drone
Improvisation

Keywords

  • Dance Performance Collaboration

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Burrows, J. (Artist). (2017). Any Table Any Room. Performance
Any Table Any Room. Burrows, Jonathan (Artist). 2017.

Research output: Practice-Based and Non-textual ResearchPerformance

Burrows, J, Any Table Any Room, 2017, Performance.
Burrows J (Artist). Any Table Any Room 2017.
Burrows, Jonathan (Artist). / Any Table Any Room. [Performance].
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