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Humanography takes over the city, International Dance Day 2020
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New project collaboration for CCHS Archives cluster: Humanography

CCHS Archive cluster and the research project Expansion and diversity at the University of Gothenburg collaborate with Dance Remainings Company, a non-profit association run by Jonny Berg and Sebastian Ruiz.

Since 2019, Berg and Ruiz have been running the Humanography project in Gothenburg as part of the annual celebration of the International Dance Day April 29. The project is about gathering Gothenburg's professional dancers and promoting the free dance art for a wider public. In a joint performance, the group takes over the city with various choreographic actions and events. The group is also interested in studying and discussing the city's historical, present and future dance communities. A first digital seminar was held on March 23, 2021, with Astrid von Rosen (the Expansion Project leader and coordinator for CCHS Archives Cluster) as a guest.

Due to the restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2021 performance will be livestreamed - and thus be accessible to all interested worldwide. Information about the live streaming will be published on the group’s new webpage: www.humanography.dance 

At the same time as the dance is performed live, it also creates archives that can reach the dance enthusiasts of the future. On April 29, 2021, Dance Remainings Company will perform along a dance trail through the city: Gustav Adolfs torg - Bältesspännarparken - Götaplatsen.

It was very stimulating for me as a researcher to be approached by a group of young dancers with a keen interest in and constructive thinking about archives and future dance histories, says Astrid von Rosen. Since I joined CCHS in 2013 the Archives Cluster has a great interest in participatory approaches to history making including collaboration with local stakeholders to create new critically relevant art and performing arts archives - or counter archives. For the Cluster it is theoretically exciting to explore traces crafted by live dance events, because those traces so clearly propel multisensory challenges and possibilities. For several years, we (the Cluster members and associates) have collaborated with scholars at University College London, to develop multisensory methodologies in relation to archival research within art and performing arts. I get a lot of energy from direct exchange with practitioners open to knowledge exchange!

Links for more information

Live stream information: www.humanography.dance 

Live streaming also accessible via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/805854836685445

More about the Humanography: https://www.goteborg2021.com/jubileumsprojekt/dance-remainings-co/

Documentary about the Dance Remainings Company https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-lUIdb4yds&ab_channel=JuanCarlosPobleteTapia

Press release on the Humanography project: https://www.stenastiftelsen.se/bidrag-for-att-starka-och-lyfta-den-fria-danskonsten/

More about the Expansions project https://expansion.dh.gu.se/

More about the CCHS Archives cluster: https://www.gu.se/en/critical-heritage-studies/research/embracing-the-archive