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Varinia Canto Vila

Should, Could, Can: Movement within the Relation of Law, Rules, and Life

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Online

2023—I

03/07/2023 — 03/21/2023

An exercise in social choreography and empathy. Chilean dancer, choreographer, and researcher Varinia Canto Vila proposes a space for exploring the relationships between law, rules, and movement.

Varinia Canto Vila: "by getting one's hands dirty" (2017). With support from BUDA Kortrijk, Belgium. Photo: Beniamin Boar. Courtesy: Varinia Canto Vila.

“Being subjects of law and regulation, what are the ways in which movement is enabled? Law has an impact on our lives. Law determines and regulates what we are allowed to do and how our lives can potentially unfold. This laboratory asks questions about the ways in which the law enables and/or disables movement, observing how movements, gestures, and actions are conditioned by a legal matrix.”

Varinia Canto Vila
Varinia Canto Vila: "by getting one's hands dirty" (2017). With support from BUDA Kortrijk, Belgium. Photo: Beniamin Boar. Courtesy: Varinia Canto Vila.

According to legal theorist Hans Kelsen, a hierarchy of duties can be traced in all legal systems, while in the specific case of the law, "duty" is backed by force: if you do not obey, you will be punished. According to this author, the law determines which behaviors are required as a duty. Some are authorized or fostered, and others are allowed.

Through choreographic practices, the laboratory seeks to question how the law enables and/or disables movement, observing how gestures and actions are conditioned by a normative matrix. The goal of these dynamics is to explore how the body moves around the specific rules of each place, in order to understand the legal matrix in which our bodies move on a daily basis, and from there, perhaps, to be able to open poetic spaces of micro-emancipation.

Throughout the program, the notion of choreography will be applied to fields beyond dance (such as laws and regulations), to find bodily practices for social dialogue. It is a way of exercising civility by speaking, acting, and dancing.

Participation

Should, Could, Can is a free formative program open to anyone interested in questioning the political dimension of their body from the everyday use they make of it. LA ESCUELA___ will make a selection from the applications received through the application form. This LABORATORY will be held in Spanish.

Varinia Canto Vila: "Mundos" [Worlds] (2022). With support from Centro de Extensión del Instituto Nacional, Santiago de Chile. Photo: Jaime San Mar. Courtesy: Varinia Canto Vila.

4 sessions
March 07 through 16, 2023
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00 PM (GMT -4)
Via Zoom

Public presentation
March 23, 2023, 04:00 PM (GMT -4)
Via Zoom
Open for registration