‘One Second It’s There…’ – SYMPOSIUM: Movement, time, space and the art of dance in galleries in museums

Together with Tim Nunn and Simone Stewart, and with the support of the Hunterian Gallery Glasgow, Workroom Glasgow, Goethe Institut Glasgow, as well as Creative Scotland, a symposium entitled ‘One second it’s there…’ – Movement, Time, Space and the Art of Dance in Museums and Galleries will take place at the Hunterian Gallery in Glasgow on June 26, as part of the FELT Summer Tour.

“One Second It’s There….
Movement, time, space and the art of dance in galleries in museums

A day of discussion, performance and exchange between artists, curators and everyone interested in the art of the choreographer and dancer.

What potential does the gallery have for the choreographer and performer?

To what extent does the gallery vistors  differ from the theatre audience? Can time be perceived differently or is it always perceived differently in these contrasting environments?

What is the function of the performance archive or the remnant?


‘I sincerely enjoyed participating in the ‘Felt’ symposium which was a great example for the synergies that can be created when artists and academics come into conversation with one another. Because of its interdisciplinary nature–between curation and choreography, museum and theatre–Elisabeth Schilling’s thought-provoking dance piece was an excellent starting point for lively discussions around what performance and exhibition might mean in the 21st century.’

Dr Michael Bachmann
Senior Lecturer and Head of Theatre Studies


‘It was useful to have a gathering which was focused around the intersections of visual art and dance, to remember some of the historical context around it, and to experience Elizabeth’s live work in progress. I especially enjoyed witnessing people’s reaction to her sensorial, sculptural choreography, the abstracted figure emerging into human form. It’s important to have spaces for critical discourse around dance in Scotland, so I appreciated this event.’

Saft Setohy, artist


Presentation by Dr. Nele Lipp: 100 Years of Dance <-> Object

In dialogue: Vincent Crapon (Freelance Curator), Lucy Suggate (Artist), Michael Bachmann (Professor of Theatre Studies)

Short performances: Ashanti Harris, Mark Bleakly

Transcript: Emma McLuskey

In the afternoon there will be a ‘Long Table’ discussion.

In the evening FELT will be performed for symposium participants.


HERE you can find the report on this event.


“[Dance] gives you nothing back, no manuscripts to store away, no paintings to show on walls and maybe hang in museums, no poems to be printed and sold, nothing but that single fleeting moment when you feel alive.”

– Merce Cunningham


“One could easily assume that the substance of choreographic thought resided exclusively in the body. But is it possible for choreography to generate autonomous expressions of its principles, a choreographic object, without the body?”

– William Forsythe


“To understand what I am saying, you have to believe that dance is something other than technique. We forget where the movements come from. They are born from life. When you create a new work, the point of departure must be contemporary life — not existing forms of dance.”

– Pina Bausch


[when we watch others dance,] “we shall cease to be mere spectators and become participants in the movement that is presented to us, and though to all outward appearances we shall be sitting quietly in our chairs, we shall nevertheless be dancing synthetically with all our musculature.”

– John Martin, Introduction to Dance


-Wassily Kandinsky, Dance Curves


“I am thinking around performance, the stage, the museum or gallery, visual art, video, film, writing… active contemplation and how I would like to be able to live in and between these particular forms (perceived medium landscapes) as organically as possible, banishing any hierarchy… A principal question to this process is: how can an intensive artistic research and immediate art-making practice translate to the staged realm of the spectator? This ongoing struggle between process and production creates a tension that is a vital element in all of my artistic work.”

– Ralph Lemon


“…Watching dance is no mystery: what you see or feel is what is happening.“

– Jonathan Burrows


Image: Martine Pinnel



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