Welcome to the PUBLIC DEFENSE of my dissertation Avhandling / Av_handling (Dissertation / Through_action)*

This dissertation has been carried out and supervised within the graduate program in Choreography at Stockholm University of the Arts. The dissertation is presented at Lund University in the framework of the cooperation agreement between the Malmö Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts, Lund University, and Stockholm University of the Arts regarding doctoral education in the subject of Choreography, in the context of Konstnärliga forskarskolan.

The public defense will take place between 1:00pm-5:00pm on Saturday, September 3, 2016 in KTH R1 Experimental Performance Space, Drottning Kristinas väg 51, Stockholm.

The public defense will include two performative responses by the opponents, Teresa María Díaz Nerio (formal opponent) and Camila Marambio (in_formal opponent), after which I will engage in separate conversations with them. The examination committee, composed of Cecilia Lagerström, Nina Lykke, Nanako Nakajima, and substitute Tova Gerge, is invited to share shorter performative responses followed by questions. The chairperson will be Lena Hammergren.

Avhandling / Av_handling (Dissertation / Through_action) was articulated / manifested over the course of 72 hours, situating itself within and proceeding from KTH R1 Experimental Performance Space, a decommissioned nuclear reactor hall 25 meters below ground on the campus of Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), May 27-29, 2016. The opponents and the examining committee were invited to become part for 42 hours; so was the audience—as agentially intra-acting components.

As part of the choreographic process, Sugar Rush Productions | Maria Åkesson, together with Tsomak Oga, Sooz Romero, and Debora Vega, video documented Avhandling / Av_handling (Dissertation / Through_action) and will video document the public defense. This documentation, together with other remains as a non-representative residue, will be made available at the end of October at: dissertationthroughaction.space/.

The public defense will include a short coffee / tea break. We will gather for a small RECEPTION afterwards.

If you would like to join a vegetarian DINNER at 7:00pm, please write to contact@dissertationthroughaction.space before August 20th.

At 9:00pm the doors will open again at KTH R1 Experimental Performance Space for the PARTY, which will feature performances and music by KOEFF, THE SWEETEST THING, Tsomak Oga and DJ MAR aka The Puffin and DJ Dgeral. Welcome!

*The English word dissertation translated to Swedish makes “avhandling.” When you break the word into its composite parts (“av” and “handling”), “av” can be translated to of, for, from, or with. I chose to translate it to “through,” because I have pursued my research through the actions of my practice (of action). “Handling” can be translated to action, document, or deed. I chose “action” to emphasize the continually shifting unfoldings of this research, and to echo Hannah Arendt, who maintained that actions have no end.