Conversation #2:

Archives In Motion

10/25, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Columbia College - Sherwood Music School
1312 S Michigan Ave., Chicago
Free Tickets
Followed by a performance by Noé Soulier

The artists featured in Between Gestures have all turned to dance history as source material. Artists and scholars from Europe and Chicago discuss how and why contemporary dance makers have set the archive in motion.

Light refreshments served after.


Franz Anton Cramer is currently co-directing a research project on dance history from a decolonizing perspective at the University of Salzburg, Austria. He has been researching archival processes of the performing arts with a focus on dance since 2003. From 2007 until 2013 he was a Fellow at the Collège international de philosophie in Paris, and in 2011 a Villa Kamogawa scholarship holder at the Goethe Institute Kyoto. Together with Barbara Büscher, he publishes the e-journal MAP – Media Archive Performance ( From 2007 till 2010 he was co-founder of the Inter-University Centre for Dance (HZT) Berlin, Germany, where he directed the BA-course “Contemporary Dance, Context, Choreography" with Gisela Müller and Boris Charmatz.

Susan Manning is an internationally recognized historian of modern dance, whose writings have been translated into German, French, Italian, Spanish, and Polish. She is the author of Ecstasy and the Demon: the Dances of Mary Wigman and Modern Dance, Negro Dance: Race in Motion; curator of Danses noires/blanche Amérique; dramaturge for Reggie Wilson’s Moses(es); and coeditor of New German Dance Studies and Futures of Dance Studies. She is the Herman and Beulah Pearce Miller Research Professor of English, Theatre, and Performance Studies at Northwestern University.

Pol Pi, brazilian choreographic artist living in France, is interested in a broader understanding of the choreographic field, working around questions about memory and temporality, language, and notions of archive and translation in dance, with a particular interest for in situ performances. A graduate from the University of Campinas (Brazil), Pol Pi received a Choreographic Master Ex.erce from the University of Montpellier in 2015. He has worked and performed for Clarissa Sacchelli, Eszter Salamon, Latifa Laabissi / Nadia Lauro, Pauline Simon, Aude Lachaise and Anna Anderegg. Since 2010, he has developed his own choreographic projects and also directed 5 editions of the Free to Fall São Paulo project. In France, Pol Pi created the solo ECCE (H)OMO (March 2017) and ALEXANDRE (May 2018), presented at the Centre national de la danse, Festival Montpellier Danse, Musée de la Danse, Festival NEXT/Espace Pasolini, PACT Zollverein among others.

Ramon Rivera-Servera is Professor and Chair at Northwestern University's Department of Performance Studies. His research focuses on 20th and 21st Century performance in North America and the Caribbean with special emphasis on the ways categories of race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality are negotiated across national borders through migratory circuits of circulation and exchange. His work documents a wide array of performance practices ranging from theatre and concert dance to social dance, popular music, fashion, and speech. He is author of Performing Queer Latinidad: Dance, Sexuality, Politics (University of Michigan Press, 2012), a study of the role performance played in the development of Latina/o queer publics in the United States from the mid-1990s to the early 2000s.​

Nejla Yatkin is an Award-winning and critically acclaimed choreographer and dancer and a recent Drama Desk Award Nominee, Chita Rivera Nominee for Outstanding Choreography, 3Arts Awardee, and Princess Grace Choreography award fellow. Nejla hails from Germany, bringing a luminous and transcultural perspective to her creations. Her focus is regularly drawn to the role that memory and history serve in constructing identity, causing and resolving conflict, and the possibility of transforming cultural tensions into deep, authentic moments of human connection.