The lecture series “Public Space and Choreography” of the 2021/22 season at Sõltumatu Tantsu Lava explores the connections between public space and choreography. How the environment around us forms a meaningful space; what new attitudes and relationships can emerge from existing places; how can choreography influence and conceptualise public space; what are the choreographies of urban space – these are just some of the questions that arose in us due to the current social insecurity and the chaotic theatre season.

This season, as part of a series of lectures from October to May, we have asked public space experts and art historians to introduce public space topics and issues, to provide insight into aspects of (human) bodies, movement and choreography. The lectures are free for anyone interested and will take place once a month until May 2022, as part of the Sõltumatu Tantsu Lava Public Space Choreography Residency Program.


February 3rd, 2022 at 16:00

Keiti Kljavin
“Urbanism meets the body” (NB! Lecture is held in estonian)

In the lecture, urbanist Keiti Kljavin will introduce the concept of urbanism and its use in Estonia. What are these modern theories where bodies, performativity, or movement meet the sense of urban space? The concept of the public and its connections with urbanism will also be discussed. Keiti gives examples of her work as a teacher and practitioner, where such contacts have taken place. For example, how are the activities attributed to urbanism conveyed by the idea that the city is a self-organizing body that can be influenced? The focus is on the first experiments of young urbanists, activists and architects in urban space on topics such as the political movements and infrastructure of large crowds, wastelands as spaces of undeveloped meanings and undefined images, urban mobility patterns, urban spaces relating to audio travel, and so on.

Keiti Kljavin (b. 1987) is an urbanist, lecturer in urban planning at the Estonian Academy of Arts (www.artun.ee/urbanstudies) and a member of the board of Linnalabor / The City Laboratory (www.linnalabor.ee). Linnalabor is one of the first Estonian initiatives on its own initiative, which studies living in the city and participates in the creation of knowledge- and value-based city policies. Keiti has worked on projects led by various local governments and the state and compiled strategic planning documents and studies. In her studies, she focuses on urbanization and is interested in the living environment outside the centers. At the Academy of Arts, Keiti supervises the specialist studios of urban planning and interior architecture and supervises master’s students in their dissertations. She is the editor-in-chief of the urban planning publication U (www.urban.ee).

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December 8th at 16:00 via ZOOM, in english
Anastasio Koukoutas
“On public appearances – choreography as a tool to re-examine the possibilities of (being in) public”

This lecture will draw upon different examples of public performances to explain how ‘choreography’ might be offered in widening the discussion around what bodies can do in public and how public space is thus informed by new conceptions of bodies, their shared affiliations and mutual dependency after the pandemic. Also, focusing on the example of Athens we could investigate further the discrepancies between celebrating publicly the 200 years from the Greek War of Independence and the independent, participatory actions of dancers in Syntagma square as a form of protest.

Anastasio Koukoutas is working in the field of dance theory, dance dramaturgy and dance writing. He studied (BA) Comunication and Marketing at the Athens University of Economics, (MA) Performing Arts Administration at Accademia Teatro alla Scala (in collaboration with Bocconi University), Ethnomusicology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (within the e-learning course Greek Music Culture and Education). He has worked, in the publishing field, as a contributor and editor, for art institutions and organizations, such as: Athens & Epidaurus Festival, Onassis Stegi, Dimitria Thessaloniki Festival, Megaron – The Athens Concert Hall et.al. He has worked as a dramaturg in theatre and dance performances (Athens Festival, Onassis Stegi, Experimental Stage of National Theatre in Greece, Arc for Dance Festival, Porta Theatre – Athens et.al.). He writes frequently about dance for the websites dancepress.gr, springbackmagazine.com, artivist.gr and teaches Dance History at the professional dance school ΑΚΤΙΝΑ. He has also worked as a performer for Denis Savary (Lagune–National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, 2016), Virgilio Sieni (Biennale Danza / La Biennale di Venezia, 2016), Pierre Bal Blanc (documenta14, 2017), Dora Garcia (Megaron, The Athens Concert Hall, 2018) et. al.