Ana Vujanović and Bojana Cvejić initiated a research about “Performance and the Public” in the frame of TkH [Walking Theory] three-year long project “How To Do Things By Theory” at Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers. In the current phase of the research, Ana Vujanović, Bojana Cvejić and Marta Popivoda focus on “social choreography” and “social drama”.
“If the body I dance with and the body I work and walk with are one and the same, I must necessarily entertain the suspicion that all of my body’s movements are, to a greater or lesser extent, choreographed”.
This would be a concise statement of the social choreography thesis, as Andrew Hewitt develops it in "Social Choreography: Ideology as Performance in Dance and Everyday Movement" (2005). Social drama, as developed in social anthropology by Victor Turner in the 1970s serves as a complementary counterpart to social choreography, which analyzes conflictual social processes, focusing on organization of public performances that take place in the frame of social dramas. Social choreography and social drama then become interpretative tools for exploring the performances in the public on the basis of their claim that social order isn’t just reflected but is enacted and rehearsed as an aesthetic order. The two models focalize bodily gestures and movements, organization of bodies in time and space, mise-en-scène, and dramaturgy of public gatherings and mass social events and thus discuss the functions of “communitas” in shaping social community between the public and the private spheres. In this phase of the research, we examine state performances as well as performances of the public and its citizens informed by two different contexts, socialist Yugoslavia and contemporary Western neoliberal capitalism.
They have previously presented the research project through open days in Het Veem Theatre in Amsterdam, Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers in Paris and Tanzfabrik Berlin/Uferstudios in Berlin and two presentations, talks in Per.Art/Gallery Matica Srpska in Novi Sad, Serbia. The final presentation will be in Paris in the form of open studio in Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers in December 2012.
Apart from working in different ways in the course of the research - from theoretical research and research in video archives, over workshops and working sessions to public programs like open days - the project will result in the book "Performance and the Public", Ana Vujanović and Bojana Cvejić (published by Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers, Paris & b_books, Berlin) and the documentary film "Yugoslavia, how ideology moved our collective body" by Marta Popivoda (produced by Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers, Paris; Tkh, Beograd & Berlin University of the Arts which both will be launched in December 2012.
Ana Vujanović and Bojana Cvejić are co-founding members and editors of TkH (Walking Theory). TkH (Walking Theory) is an independent (institutionally non-aligned, extra-academic) platform for performing theoretical-artistic activism. It is initiated and run by the editorial collective TkH whose members are eight theorists, artists and producers coming from performance theory and practice, theater, cinema, and visual arts.