WEAVING POLITICS produced a remarkable amount of relevance, and dynamics of exchange.
By massive investment, and considerable efforts, from all parties involved, not least attending audiences. All this deserves to be taken advantage of, and further challenged; by the launching of a new project.

And where the symposium engaged in the slow weaving of (a) place of scrutiny, then set a dead line and called for a single assembled event, the new project should fold provided fabric, procrastinate closure, and navigate adrift.

CHOREO_DRIFT project 2014 2015 (as of August 15th 2013)


CHOREO_DRIFT departs from the symposium and insists on not leaving. Then targets deviation, and travels elsewhere. Determined to remain in (a) place, and at the same time move, the project embarks a series of repetition and dislocation, both of itself, and context; by the turns and returns of language, and the uncanny of staged encounters, ultimately to sustain continuous writing, and proliferation of response.

Purpose of the project is to repeatedly address one and the same set of concerns, whilst interacting / interfering with diverse locations and communities. As to recurrently confirm and disperse, resist and allow, induce, produce and repeatedly share. Crucial to the project is the dwelling of (a) temporary common, whereby proximity may be perceived, and reciprocally mediated; and whilst mobility of sign is ensured, and resistance of trace endured, (a) choreography may be produced, and reciprocally exposed.

New format

A group of scholars and artists are invited to repeat their contribution to the symposium in a number of different locations and various circumstances, and by exposure to multiplicity of response unavoidably are bound to challenge trajectory of discourse. Peers and other guests based in visited locations are also invited to join with a lecture or other action, thus also contribute to dynamics and immediacy of exchange.

Each event performs a number of lectures, round tables, and general discussions, all merged into a set of interactive choreographies, curated according to location and targeted addressee. The event welcomes scholars, students, artists and general public, may last one or more days, in one or several spaces, for a small or larger audience, workshops and other projects may be arranged, relating publications will be provided. Lastly, each event is framed by club activities what sharing of food, drinks and music belongs to the interweaving process of exchange.


Prior departure, the project provides WEB access to programmed lectures and choreographies, for all parties to pre-scrutinize and process, individually and jointly. Purpose of this set-up is to provide all parties (visiting team included) the space, time and insight necessary to respond to the complexity of proposed discourse, thus due time, to enable all parties to sustain and challenge a true participatory encounter.


We are very happy to announce that a limited amount of day tickets will be released to WEAVING POLITICS! The tickets cost 200SEK/day and can be purchased at the door at Dansens Hus.

Please come in time and bring cash! Credit cards are not accepted.

See you this weekend!

We are happy and proud to announce our latest eminent guest to take part in WEAVING POLITICS!

Vocalist, composer and performer DIAMANDA GALÁS will join the symposium and hold a lecture Sunday the 16th at 10 am.

Diamanda Galás does not care if she is despised or admired, instead she believes in empathy and its outstanding power and ability to move mountains. With a voice that spans over three and a half octave Diamanda Galás is one of the most important singers of our time. Ruthless, she uses her sharpened tool to give voice to all the victims of oppression or genocide, for all those who are in exile or in political fear; for all who are treated as outcasts.

We warmly welcome Diamanda Galás to Stockholm and all of you to her intervention.

Cristina Caprioli/ccap


We are very saddend by an unfortunate change of events:

Due to health reasons Prof. Slavoj Žižek is forced to cancel all of his appearances in the forthcoming five months, including WEAVING POLITICS.

We are concerned, and send him our warmest wishes for a full recovery!

Of course Prof. Žižek cannot be replaced, so now we are looking for a different, yet equally challenging intervention. But it will take a couple of days, so please be patient…

Meanwhile, do not dispair: Prof. Žižek has already promised us to join us here in Stockholm in June 2013, for a second round of Weaving Politics.

So: Welcome now and welcome again next year!!


We are very pleased and honored to announce that writer and curator Irit Rogoff is now participating in WEAVING POLITICS as lecturer. Irit Rogoff is Proffessor of Visual Studies and head of PhD program in Curatorial/Knowledge program at Goldsmiths, London University.

Abstract for her lecture, entitled A Pantheon of Disenchantment, may be found HERE.


Dates and times for keynote speakers, Julia Kristeva, Slavoj  Žižek, Peggy Phelan, Kendall Thomas and William Forsythe are now online.

Take a look at the programme and save the dates!




Registration to WEAVING POLITICS is now open!

The symposium fee is 500 SEK for three full days of WEAVING POLITICS and entitles to admission to all lectures 14-16 of December.

Register here now! 

Tickets to Human Writes by The Forsythe Company are not included in the symposium fee and are sold separately through Dansens Hus ticket office: www.dansenshus.se or  +46 8 508 990 90

We are very proud and honored to announce that Peggy Phelan and André Lepecki will give  lectures during WEAVING POLITICS.

Peggy Phelan is Professor in Drama and English at Stanford University. She is the author of Unmarked: The Politics of Performance (1993), Mourning Sex: Performing Public Memories (1997), among many others. She is also founder and previous president of Performance Studies international –  a professional association founded in 1997 to promote communication and exchange among artists, thinkers, activists and academics working in the field of performance.

Peggy Phelan will give a keynote lecture during WEAVING POLITICS.

André Lepecki is Associate Professor at the Department of Performance Studies at New York University. He was the curator of the festival Nomadic New York  (2007) and chief-curator of the 2008 and 2009 editions of the performing arts festival IN TRANSIT all at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt.In 2010 he co-curated with Stephanie Rosenthal the Archive on Dance and Visual Arts since the 1960s for the exhibition Move: Choreographing You, for the Hayward Gallery, Southbank Center, London.He is the author of, among others,  Exhausting Dance: Performance and Politics of Movement, 2006 and edited  Of the Presence of the Body, 2004.

Both Peggy Phelan and André Lepecki were published in Koreografier (Raster) an anthology edited by Sven-Olov Wallenstein and Cristina Caprioli in 2008.

International interdisciplinary symposium on choreography, violence and human rights
14 – 16 December 2012, Dansens Hus, Stockholm.

WEAVING POLITICS addresses choreography as a weaving labor of politics. And by a cobweb of specific languages and disenchanted knowledge engages in a scrutiny of the notions and practices of human rights, and violence.

The symposium invites choreography, philosophy, sociology, cultural studies, law, political science and the general public to a three-days storm of lectures, discussions, and choreographic events in critical interaction.

Special guests:

Julia Kristeva,  Peggy PhelanWilliam Forsythe and Diamanda Galás

Pivotal event of the symposium is the choreographic event Human Writes by William Forsythe and Kendall Thomas, performed by the Forsythe Company with guests from the Cullberg Ballet, ccap and the community of dancers in Stockholm. Additional events will be presented by Cristina Caprioli/ccap, in collaboration with co-researchers.