Angela Vadori
21.09 – 25.09 / 11:00 / WASP


angela vadori

The workshops, coaching projects and master classes series in the #8 edition of eXplore dance festival starts on the 21st of September, with the workshop Critical Endeavour, conducted by Angela Vadori (Austria).

If there is one attitude that we must move beyond, it is that pan-European self-protective huddling which is only interested in Europe in so far as it forms a barrage against the rest of the world: even more reason for placing one’s hope in an extra-European interculturalism which may lend a strong hand to the theatre of today.“ (Patrice Pavis)

Interculturality in contemporary art is not an ideal, nor a necessity, it is a fact with wide reaching social and political implications. It is also a fact that needs to be addressed critically, in an informed and rigorous way. The multiple and complex relationships between theatre/performance and culture have been addressed extensively by scholars such as Victor Turner and Richard Schechner, but beyond this anthropological approach the area of interculturality is widely ignored.  What does the above mentioned idea of a pan-European culture entail? What purpose may it serve? When art is permeated with differing structures of thought and aesthetics, how can criticism still address it and which questions does it need to ask also itself? Critical readings of dance/peformance always tell one story. One of many. The challenge is dealing with this plurality and one’s own position in it.

Some of the issues that may arise in this workshop from investigating relations and implications of interculturality may be:

– Cultural universals and particulars. How useful are they?

– The relationship of „art“ and „artistry“(or art as religion vs. religious art)

– Dialogical/polylogical structures – and what other options there may be

– Ethical implications of thinking different cultures.

The methodology of work will be close reading of performances/texts, discussion/dialogue and production of texts (without formal requirements). The reading materials will be provided.

Angela Vadori

Graduated as a Contemporary Dance Performer at SEAD (Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance), partial study in Italian Philology at the Paris Lodron University Salzburg. Currently studying Philosophy at the University of Vienna. Lately teaching mostly Practical Dramaturgies in Dance, Dance Studies/Theory and Dance Writing. Amongst other places at Maska Ljubljana, SEAD Salzburg, Slovak Theatre Institute, Impulstanz/Jardin d’Europe.

Published dance writer since 2009/2010 – mostly publications of conferences, contributions in edited books such as the Nomad Dance Academy’s publication, Maribor Cultural Capital and as a regular correspondent for Dance Europe Magazine.

Has worked as a dramaturge and dramaturgical advisor with Gregor Kamnikar and Silke Grabinger amongst others and as a producer since 2002 for numerous cultural institutions. As a dance curator and co-director of Inboccalupo Teatro in Buenos Aires in its beginnings organized discussions and subsequent publications between dancers, choreographers and theoreticians. Producer for nadaLokal Vienna in 2011-2012 and for nadaproductions in the same period of time. Currently executive producer for an Ismael Ivo production and responsible for European Program and Production for Fidet Festival in Santiago de Chile. Member of the CID-UNESCO.


21 – 22 of September: 11:00 – 15:00

23 – 25 of September: 18:00 – 21:00

The workshop targets a number of maximum 15 participants interested in critical writing and theory, dance dramaturgy and performance.

Subscriptions at:, by sending a CV/bio in English.

Recommended donation*: 100 RON

Deadline: 20th of September 2013

*The recommended donation is offered a day before the start of the workshop, at WASP, between 10:00 – 17:00 and cannot be refunded afterwards.

eXplore dance festival 2013 is organized with the support of the Cultural Program of the European Union. A cultural project financed by AFCN – Administraţia Fondului Cultural Naţioal, Primăria Sectorului 1, Goethe Institut.

This project has been financed with the support of the European Commission. This statement reflects only the point of view of the author and the Commission is not responsible for the use of information contained by this statement.