Launch of the new thematic issue of Maska performing arts journal on somatic practices
Sunday, 26 November 2023 at 5:30 p.m.
Kino Šiška, upper foyer
Somatic practices developed as a form of kinetic therapy in the 1950s and entered the field of dance in the 1960s, giving dance practitioners insight into anatomical kinetic processes and opening up the possibility for contemporary dance to create specific movement languages in ways previously unknown. The theorisation of somatics develops mainly as a form of kinetic functionalism, but its presence in the artistic field is not often discussed. The editors Pia Brezavšček and Jasmina Založnik have dedicated the Maska no. 215/216, which will be presented at the event, to the discussion of somatics in artistic processes. They invited artists who work in this sphere to write contributions. Snježana Premuš, Dragana Alfirević, Thiago Granato and Marko Gutić Mižimakov write about somatics in dance, and Jae Lee Kim contributes a theoretical paper on somatics in the South Korean context.