Since 2015, dance cooperative Isadorino Gore has been investigating the heritage of experimental dance that emerged in the times of the Russian Empire and continued to exist after the October revolution, until the 1930s.
Taking as a starting point Nicoletta Misler’s work A Choreological Laboratory, which presents the history of a laboratory attached to the Russian Academy of Artistic Sciences; and the history of visual arts, film and photography, the Soviet Taylor system and gymnastics, and “free dance” in Russia by Irina Sirotkina, Isadorino Gore is looking for opportunities to “unzip” the verbal and visual archive of the early twentieth century culture of movement into a contemporary dance practice.
The first iteration of this conversion was realized as part of the residency at the Meyerhold Black Box Center (October 2017–January 2018), where the cooperative Isadorino Gore introduced a draft version of the spectacle Soviet Gesture using previously published resources. To maintain contact with this material, the cooperative’s participants frequently performed this version at various event in Russia, from academic conferences to performance festivals, before starting to deepen their method by switching to an anthropological approach in order to delineate and fix the dance experience, which allows for examination of the history of dance in the context of the history of meanings and values, as well as the history of the bodily experience thereof.
The research conducted together with Garage Museum of Contemporary Art involved the detailed study of the archives of the Russian Academy of Artistic Sciences (1921–1930) in Moscow and Berlin and the search for scores and laboratory journals which would help to trace the transformation of avant-garde plastic form into the Soviet gesture.
Deadline: in process
Researchers: Dance Cooperative Isadorino Gore