email to the community
I am working on a research project called 'B-Chronicles,' by Sarma, the
online platform for dance criticism ( www.sarma.be
) , and I am
contacting you to ask for an interview.
B-Chronicles encompasses various activities and emanations, including
sociological research, an online forum and text laboratory, and a series of
events. The central question of the research is the following: How do
people live and work in a local dance community, e.g. Brussels, in times of
increasing mobility, migration, and transnational production conditions?
If 'internationalism' incites indeed a strong phantasmal realm nowadays,
what are the reality effects it produces? Which paradoxes linger in the
underpinnings of local communities and national cultural policies? Curated
by Jeroen Peeters and Myriam Van Imschoot and produced by Sarma vzw in
collaboration with Damaged Goods, B-Chronicles will be presented as a
critical, artistic, and interactive event during Crossroads, a festival
curated by Meg Stuart, which takes place at Volksbuehne am
Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz in Berlin. For this event, on the 16th of December
2006, Sarma collaborates among others with Delphine Hesters (sociologist)
, Jorge Leon (visual artist) , Dieter Lesage (writer, critic) and Meg
Stuart (choreographer) and myself. A presentation will also be made in
Kaaistudios in January 2007 (date TBA) .
My participation in this project is to conduct several interviews with
people living in Brussels with varying degrees of relationship to the dance
and performance community. I am interested to ask, via interaction with
others, what actually constitutes the dance community, what brings people
to Brussels for it, and how others perceive themselves within or in
relationship to such a community, in order to define and redefine what it
is and how it functions. I am interested in the expertise of experience,
in what each interviewee's personal relationship to the field and locations
within it demonstrates about the community's mythical, virtual, and
The interviews should take about 1to 1.5 hours and will be recorded.
Parts or all of the interview may be used for: sociological research,
Sarma's database, a game which tackles the idea of the 'dance community,'
and presentations by the collaborators on B-Chronicles in Kaaistudios and
Volksbuehne. If you would like all or parts of your interview to remain
confidential, please make that clear at any point before, during or after
the interview and your request will be respected.
If you are interested and willing to have an interview, please reply
directly to me, Eleanor Bauer, at firstname.lastname@example.org
and we can
schedule an interview at a time between now and December 1 that is possible
for us both. I would very much appreciate your participation. If you
have any questions about how I found you or why you have been selected for
an interview, please do not hesitate to contact me.
You can also help by forwarding this email to your contacts, those living
in Brussels who you think would be interested, or interesting, for an
If you would not like to receive any newsletters or invitations from Sarma,
please send an email to email@example.com
with subject: "write out Sarma." Otherwise, your email address may be
added to their database for future events, including the announcement of
the B-Chronicles presentations in Berlin and Brussels.
I look forward to hearing from you soon.