Moebius Strip as Method
This workshop asks ‘How to act when you don’t know what you don’t know?’, with a focus on inclusivity and disability. Actions might be words, gestures, spatial configurations. Actions might include exploring individually and together how to prepare, how to navigate, how to reflect, how to create. In order to address the question and its theme, we will use the moebius strip as a method. The geometric model of the ‘moebius strip’ invites ways of thinking/moving that emphasise ongoing processes that navigate rather than reproduce polarities (like theory/practice). If you trace it, an ‘outside’ surface becomes an ‘inside’ one and moves to the outside again. By considering our interconnections, definitions and relationships as processes and fluidly in motion, we might start to access moving from and between the known and the unknown. In the creation and destruction of concepts, images, and questions, our workshop is predicated on a philosophy of non-dualism indicated by the moebius strip. To help us, we will read some texts from anthropology, somatics and disability activism that we will approach spatially, socially, and metaphorically. In Moebius Strip as Method, we will find an ongoing dance of positions, perspectives, and questions.
has worked in dance professionally since 2004 and engages freelance in postdoctoral research, somatic movement education, and artistic practice in the UK and Europe. She teaches part-time for UCL and contributes to several modular training programmes in Europe in the Laban/Bartenieff Movement System. In 2023 she was commissioned by the European Dancehouse Network to research how working conditions might become more equitable, building from research on embodying (in)equalities in the university (2022, Institute of Advanced Studies, University College London), freelancers and institutions in dance in the UK (2021, University of Roehampton), and collaborative approaches to dance festival curation in the former Yugoslav space (Middlesex University, 2015–2020, and published by Routledge, 2023). Her interests include space in its cellular, social and political meanings, and working collaboratively.