The lecturer will address the problem of differentiation between dance and performance, its connection to the operation of art institutions and the search for criteria to make judgments thereof. The audience will learn about the specifics of dance as an art form and its response to the current notion of interdisciplinarity—as exemplified by the practice of Russian and Western dance artists.
Performance art and contemporary dance seem unusual and incomprehensive for many viewers who often label both of them “performances” and describe them as “a curious experience”. But strictly speaking, the ways both of these art forms are being conceived and perceived have their own specifics in each case. Setting the criteria becomes especially important when dance enters museum territory, while performances continue to grab Venice Biennale’s “Golden Lion” awards. What does dance actually bring into contemporary art, what does it say about the current situation, and in what sense does it allow us to refer to interdisciplinarity proper?