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Amateur creations, participatory works, co-creations, “territorial projects” – there are plenty of terms to describe non-professionals’ contribution to making shows.

Whether it’s embarking on a long-term creative process or making a same-day stage piece, contributing behind the scenes or enjoying exposure to the spotlight, reviving a historic piece or staging a novel form, spectators typically experience their involvement as a very special experience. The purpose of this colloquium, at the intersection of aesthetic and ethical considerations, is to examine dance-sector practices and pieces as a lab for experimenting with singular and fruitful responses, amid a widespread push for participation.

Staged by the Passages XX-XXI research laboratory (Lyon 2 University)
With the support of MGEN, partner of the Biennale