A body-based platform for collective learning
Today, at a moment in time marked by deep transformations, the call for ‘Hållning’ pierces through the most diverse debates on how to live and act together on a global as well as local scale. This call comes as a reminder of values and norms that can both hold us together and tear us apart, as an invitation for action and resistance, motivating participation and change. However, ‘Hållning’ can also be in danger of entering slippery ideological grounds, exhausting itself in moralism and claim-making, sometimes being used (and misused) to install empathy but also otherness, creating fear and hate based upon generalising and stereotyping terms.
‘Hållning’ is a Swedish word and holds the meanings of posture, position and attitude offering bodily, political and ethical implications. It is also our chosen name for this body-based platform of collective learning and action, at the intersection of dance and performance, education and civil society.
Hållning is grounded in collective learning, and has an international and trans-disciplinary ambition and is evolving in exchange with an international group of guests and their respective practices. It takes on the question of what it takes to stand up, to stand in for something, from a practice- and body-based perspective: how is the social and political stance that we take, individually and collectively, made by performative and aesthetic means? How are the norms and values that hold us together or tear us apart related to how we imagine, experience and sense ourselves, others, and our environment?
Hållning addresses various publics in face-to-face and online encounters over a period of several months. Taking up different approaches from collective learning, activities unfold on different scales and offer different types of engagement. They include a freestanding course in collaboration with Stockholm University of the Arts/The Dance Department, two study circles in collaboration with ABF Stockholm, the online research community ‘Porous Bodies’ and a concentrated programme of workshops, lectures and performative proposals that take place from June 10-13 at MDT.
Hållning is initiated and curated by Sandra Noeth. With: Bronwyn Bailey-Charteris, Emily Beausoleil, Övül Durmuşoğlu, Natasha A. Kelly, Mahmoud Keshavarz, Steffen Krämer, Jessie McLaughlin, Kevin McSorley, Gunilla Lundahl, Sandra Noeth, Magnus Nordberg, Chrysa Parkinson, Amanda Piña, Hero Rashid, Jenny Richards, Andrea Rodrigo, QUARTO (Anna Mesquita and Leandro Zappala), plan b (Sophia New and Daniel Belasco Rogers), Liz Rosenfeld, Farah Saleh, America Vera-Zavala.
WATCH ONLINE Hållning: June Encounters – available now
View the full Hållning: June Encounters programme below, just scroll down to the Hållning programme and click on each session title to access the video. Films are available for 2 weeks, until 29th September 2021 and video recordings from some sessions are now available to watch online until 31 March 2022.
Hållning June Encounters was a concentrated digital programme presented by Hållning from June 10-13, which offered different formats to engage in the overall Hållning thematic.
Ways of Working
Morning Training Sessions
One and a half hours. One practitioner. Various approaches. The daily morning training sessions online are facilitated by four practitioners that are, in different ways and contexts, involved in writing, public debate and feedbacking. Moving between thoughts, ideas and real-life concerns, they share techniques and strategies with the participants and stir practical reflection on how our individual and collective attitudes and positions, how participation and involvement, are performatively and discursively constructed. – The training sessions are open to all; no previous knowledge is required.
Dialogues from Practice
Working across different fields of corporeal, practice-based and theoretical knowledge is one of the key principles that runs through Hållning’s activities. Rather than defending symbolic and physical territories of expertise, it asks how we can act from a shared position of concern while allowing for heterogeneity and diversity. In Dialogues from Practice, two invited guests from arts, education, theory or other fields of practice enter into a dialogical encounter where they give insights into their respective research and work and the environments that they activate.
International and Swedish practitioners and researchers will approach the question of what holds a collective together and what tears it apart by example of case studies that they are connected to. Drawing on their personal experiences, they discuss how local and regional initiatives might be reconciled with the need to build international networks of solidarity and exchange; how identity and border politics are correlated; how alignment and distance are related to we represent, document, and imagine ourselves and others.
What were we thinking? Hållning is a dynamic environment in which questions might be stronger than answers. In a daily, informal encounter between invited guests, the project team and audience members, this format aims to track and trace what has been brought to the physical and mental space.