Inclusive Dance Dialogues – Guy Cools

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Fontys Dance Academy presents Inclusive Dance Dialogues. In 3 series we ask field experts to share their view on the future perspective of a dancer and its transferable skills. On March 9 we kick off with dramaturge Guy Cools. Broadcasted live from Fontys Dance Academy Tilburg. Join us online or offline!

Inspired by his new book, Imaginative Bodies, Dialogues in Performance Practices, Guy Cools will talk about the importance of dialogue within the creative process: the interdisciplinary dialogue between different artistic collaborators, between choreographer and dramaturge and the dialogue between the artist’s work and the world. With practice based examples, among other things,Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Sara Wookey, he illustrates how to create new opportunities for the artist to work in different contexts.

Program March 9
5 pm doors open – Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts Tilburg
Delicious homemade pumpkin soup & bread will be served – Cenakel
5.45 pm start lecture Guy Cools – Academietheater
7 pm doors closing
No costs. Soup & bread included.

Would you like to come to the event? Registration is necessary. As we have a limited amount of seats, we advise to sign up quickly, be there or be square! Register here

We will livestream the event: Follow livestream

Who is Guy Cools?
Dr. Guy Cools is a dance dramaturge. Recent positions include Associate Research Professorat the research institute Arts in Society of the Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts in Tilburg, and Postdoctoral Researcher at Ghent University, where he finished a practice-based PhD on the relationship between dance and writing. He has worked as a dance critic, artistic programmer, and policymaker for dance in Flanders. He now dedicates himself to production dramaturgy, contributing to work by choreographers all over Europe and Canada such as: Koen Augustijnen (BE), Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (BE), Danièle Desnoyers (CA), Lia Haraki (CY), Christopher House (CA), Akram Khan (UK), Arno Schuitemaker (NL), and Stephanie Thiersch (DE). He regularly lectures and publishes, and has developed a series of workshops that aim to support artists and choreographers in their creative process. His most recent publications include The Ethics of Art: ecological turns in the performing arts, co-edited with Pascal Gielen (Valiz, 2014); In-between Dance Cultures: on the migratory artistic identity of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Akram Khan (Valiz, 2015) and Imaginative Bodies, dialogues in performance practices (Valiz, 2016), a series of published, live interviews with major contemporary artists which Cools curated from 2008 till 2013 for Sadler’s Wells, London. With the Canadian choreographer, Lin Snelling, he developed an improvised performance practice ‘Rewriting Distance’ (see also: that focuses on the integration of movement, voice, and writing.

Next Inclusive Dance Dialogue:
March 16 – Andrew Greenwood on the Transferable skills of dance and its change making power



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