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Void / Body / Breath / Care: Four Conversations on a Changing World Between Canada and Italy - CONVERSATION 2 (BODY)

The body gives us movement and mobility. It is also a locus of pleasure, pain, intimacy, strength, mortality and politics. The physical restrictions forced upon us by COVID-19 have made us rethink our relationships with our own bodies and those of others. Dancer, choreographer, and artistic director of Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata Zab Maboungou and Professor of Aesthetics, Poetics, and Rhetoric Chiara Cappelletto in conversation with moderator Sascha Hastings.

Sep 30, 2020 12:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Chiara Cappelletto
Associate Professor of Aesthetics @University of Milan
Chiara Cappelletto is Associate Professor of Aesthetics at the University of Milan and an associate member of the Centre de Recherches sur les Arts et le Langage at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. Her research includes embodiment, performance and subjectivity theories, performance and public speaking. She has held fellowships at New York’s Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America, Paris’ Institut d’Études Avancées and the Kolleg-Forschergruppe BildEvidenz Geschichte und Ästhetik in Berlin. She has also been a Visiting Scholar at Princeton University. She runs the permanent research seminar PIS – Performing Identities Seminar at the University of Milan. Her published works include numerous articles on visual and performance studies, along with three books that deal with visual art and theatre, focusing mainly on the notion of fiction. She is currently working on a book entitled Fake (University of Chicago Press).
Zab Maboungou
Founder | Artistic Director @Zab Maboungou/Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata
Of French and Congolese origin, Zab Maboungou is the founder and artistic director of Zab Maboungou/Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata, a contemporary dance company founded in 1987, based in Montreal, Quebec, whose artistic vocation encompasses creation, research and teaching. Her dance technique has become a model of its kind. Many disciplines are finding a source of inspiration in this technique. Other than dance, these include song, music, theatre, visual arts and circus. Drawing on the rhythmic foundations of African dances and musical forms, this technique, called LOKETO, makes it possible to identify the pathways of breath and how it ensures their transmutation in principles of movement to develop presence in space, flexibility, physical and rhythmic endurance. In February 2020, Zab Maboungou was awarded the Governor General of Canada 2020 Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award (Dance).