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Performance lecture by Guy Cools

27 October 2022, Vienna

  • Performance lecture by Guy Cools related to his recent book Performing Mourning

What: Performance lecture 
Guy Cools
Tanzquartier Wien – Centre for Contemporary Choreography and Performance, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna, Austria
Thursday 27 October 2022, 18:00 hrs
Organised by:
Tanzquartier Wien – Centre for Contemporary Choreography and Performance
Admission: Free

On the occasion of his new book, Performing Mourning, Laments in Contemporary Art, the Vienna-based dance dramaturg Guy Cools will discuss contemporary art practices in literature, visual and performing arts that use mourning as a source for activism. Using the tradition of the Greek “moiroloi” (laments) as a template, Cools will discuss how many artistic expressions can be considered contemporary laments. Referencing Judith Butler’s notion of “equal grievability”, Cools will focus on a younger generation of artists who are dealing with “climate grief” or forms of state violence and lament their future.

Guy Cools will give a performance/lecture to sketch the context of his book, and after a short break, the programme will be continued by an illustrated lecture with examples from one chapter of his book Lamenting the Future.

Guy Cools is a dance dramaturg. He has worked as a dance critic and curator. He now dedicates himself to production dramaturgy and research/writing. He regularly lectures and publishes internationally (In-between Dance Cultures, Valiz 2015; Imaginative Bodies, Valiz 2016; The Ethics of Art (co-ed.), Valiz, 2014, The Choreopolitics of Alain Platel’s les ballets C de la B, Bloomsbury 2019 (co-ed.).