Michael Kliën, "Wild Thoughts and the Killing of the Octopus: Social Choreography as an Aesthetics of Governance"

Friday, October 30, 2020 - 9:30am to 11:00am


Event Contact

Rogers, Sarah

Michael Kliën

View Michael Kliën's full tgiFHI talk below!

For more on Michael Kliën's work, read his interview in our "Meet Your Humanities Faculty" series. Dr. Kliën describes how the way we move our bodies constructs our world, why research and practice are the same thing, and how attempting to move differently might expand our imaginations—and could change our reality.

Talk description:

In this talk, Kliën is tracing rudimentary concepts emerging out of his artistic practice and research. He will draw from experiences of teaching at Duke, as well as his recent choreographic works at the intersection of the arts, ethics, and politics. The presentation, rooted in associative, and raw thinking, stands in direct relation to the recent founding of the Laboratory for Social Choreography at the Kenan Institute of Ethics in partnership with FHI.

"Social Choreography permeates the tightly knit fabric of socialization, for other potential realities to be sensed and experienced, and for new relational fields amongst human and non-human to be forged. The practice of Social Choreography deals with the uncovering of underlying social relations and patterns - the choreography of the social - through embodied practices, and always, engages these dynamics for new social choreographies to emerge simultaneously" - Michael Kliën

Michael Kliën is Professor of the Practice of Dance and Director of Graduate Studies of the MFA in Dance: Embodied Interdisciplinary Praxis at Duke University. He also directs the Laboratory for Social Choreography at the Kenan Institute for Ethics.

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Friday, October 30, 2020 - 9:30am to 11:00am
Franklin Humanities Institute (FHI)
Event Co-Sponsors
Dance Program, Duke Arts, Kenan Institute for Ethics