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My body will not be archived: on Ulf Gadd and his work: A performance lecture and a ritual of remembering
Stockholm University of the Arts, Dance Department.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 5 credits / 7,5 HE creditsStudent thesis [Artistic work]
Abstract [en]

Being a dancer is being a bridge. Dancers bridge time and space, and the choreographic intention to an audience. In my practice I build a memory bridge for a person who meant a lot to me as a dance student, and to Swedish culture in general in the 70s and 80s. He died in 2008. Today his name is seldom mentioned. His name is Ulf Gadd. 

My method consists of conversations with people who knew and worked with him. I glean from archives, read articles and watch the little video documentation that is preserved. In the dance studio I practice listening through dancing to musical scores from some of Gadd’s works. I dig through my embodied, sedimented dances in order to understand what Ulf Gadd signifies for me today. My presentation takes on the format of a performance lecture. In addition, I create a booklet about him in which the design mirrors the programs from the theatre house he worked in. This visual essay is an aspect of storytelling, functioning as a point of departure for and an extension of the choreographic practice. In doing this, I align myself with Ulf Gadd’s educational mission and his belief in the role of culture in building a good society for all. I present a piece of Swedish dance history unrightfully forgotten. 

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2019.
Keywords [en]
svensk danshistoria, Ulf Gadd, performance lecture
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Performing Arts
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uniarts:diva-577OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uniarts-577DiVA, id: diva2:1319868
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Choreography
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2019-05-16, Dansmuseet, Drottninggatan 17, Stockholm, 18:00 (English)
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Documentation with one stable camera of a performance lecture presentation

Available from: 2019-06-04 Created: 2019-06-03 Last updated: 2019-06-04Bibliographically approved

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