SODA LECTURES I On Decision-Making. A lecture and seminar series 

Composing is about decision-making: about strategies and rules, about making-sense and letting go of it again; about raising one’s voice, about the promise of being-together. In artistic processes, it unfolds between determined matters and hidden protocols and questions the elements and conditions that we ground our actions in. 

Next to relying on what seems available and desirable, possible and established, decision-making opens up to what is not yet given, not probable and still unknown. It opens up a process that does not primarily - or not necessarily - aim at fixation, affirmation or rigid form but measures out the relation between bodies, in ever changing formations. 


The lecture and seminar series gathers an international and trans-disciplinary group of artists - choreographers, sound and visual artists, filmmakers, and writers - to address the politics and poetics of decision-making. Grounded in their respective artistic and body-centred practices, they explore technical, affective, corporeal and discursive, ethical, political and social elements that drive their compositional choices in both, individual and collaborative work.


24.10.2018 I Adham Hafez and Manuel Pelmus I two lectures & a dialogue I  info
24.10.2018 I -cancelled- Dr. Didem Pekün: United Nothing: The ‘inarticulacy’ of Images in Representing Atrocities I info
07.11.2018 I Dr. Tom Tlalim: Noise-Control-Noise: The politics of composition I info

21.11.2018 I Dr. Natasha A. Kelly: Milli’s Awakening. Black Women, Art and Resistance I info

16.01.2019 I Ivana Müller: Body, Text, Collective - Choreographing the Imaginary I info

06.02.2019 I Paz Rojo: Dancing its do I info


Curated by Prof. Sandra Noeth (MA SODA) 

The lecture series takes place in english, it is organized by the MA-program SODA (Solo/Dance/Authorship) at the Inter-University-Center for Dance Berlin (HZT); it is free of charge and open for all interested. 


Wednesdays 6pm at HZT I Studio 11 I Uferstudios I Wedding Uferstraße 23 I 13357 Berlin

Paz Rojo I 6.2.2019 I 6pm
Dancing its do

©Paz Rojo
>©Paz Rojo

In this lecture and seminar, I will discuss the use of scores with a particular focus in dance as the matter-movement of the not-yet. How to commit to the future (what is not yet)? In movement there is nothing to pursue since what one follows responds to a potentiality that is contained already in the present. What is at stake here is a kinetics that lacks perspective. Or a dis-scoring. A way of working with scores, whose main function remains, however, indeterminate. Untraceable. Forgetful. Almost non-documentable. And yet, equivalent to the incorporation of a knowledge, which does not imply a desired end, but rather the opportunity to question, forget and transform the purpose or end to which it is directed at. Let’s say that the moving body could ignore the purposes which it is supposed to serve, demonstrating the potentiality of its function: the body is a living instrument, which although it is more or less obliged to be aware of what it must serve, chooses, however, to serve itself. 

Biography Paz Rojo (Madrid 1974). Choreographer and dancer who is currently a phd candidate at Stockholm University of the Arts, Stockholm (Sweden) with the research project "the decline of choreography and its movement: the subaltern pathway". Investigation in which she seeks for a dance’s mode of subjectivation outside the performance value situated in the current dynamics of immaterial labor and neoliberal logics. With a broad trajectory and linked to various institutions, self-organized contexts, exhibition frameworks, educational programs and independent initiatives in Europe and Latin America, this research includes the solo creation "whatever moving like this" (2011); the collective performance experiments "Inaugural Action" (2011), “The Gerries by Gerry” (2012); the video-essay "DANCISMO" (2014); the essay “what are we talking about when we talk about dancing through a destituent plane of perception? and the performance ECLIPSE : MUNDO (2018). Artistic director of the festival "What can a body do?" (La Casa Encendida, Madrid 2014-2015). She initiates and facilitates the collective research contexts: "ASSIM NÃO, PERO CÓMO?", (LOTE, Sao Paulo, 2017); "[CAMPO # 1] choreographing dissidence" (Teatro Pradillo, Madrid 2014); "What if we let go of being (artists)?" (La Casa Encendida, Madrid 2013); "A piece ... together?" (Barcelona, Sao Paulo, Vienna 2010-2011) and the itinerant laboratory "choreography: a problem to practice" (Madrid, Barcelona,​Sao Paulo, Vienna, Amsterdam, Istanbul, Brussels, Moscow, Stockholm and Mexico City 2011-2017).


The lecture takes place in english, it is free of charge and open for all interested. 


Studio 11 I Uferstraße 23 I 13357 Berlin