Parliament: Interview with Michael Klien
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Parliament: Interview with Michael Klien

November 28, 2019

I’m Michael Klien I’m associate professor at Duke in the dance program I’m also choreographer and up to recently I was just working as a choreographer in the field of contemporary dance, but I was in the field of performance art and performance and about a year ago, I came to Duke and I’m presenting this work at the Nasher Museum for Contemporary Arts on the 7th to the 10th of March Which is kind of I feel like a little introduction of my work To where I live in work now. …. Parliament is very much a political – steeped in politics, the term in itself. And what it means it’s a medium To speak it’s the place where human laws are written, where human relations are determined. Where human relations are negotiated, So, this is a place. This is a real Parliament, a place to negotiate human relations. But it’s not…it’s obviously not the parliament in terms of an institution. But it’s a place in which the other, like almost our bodies or us as a whole holistic human being, as individuals as human beings, can come together and renegotiate without kind of institutionalized and social niceties And social codes that have developed through our history and see what happens if we come together in a place to just be with each other. Of course we don’t in Parliament, in this particular Parliament, We don’t use language so it’s purely through embodied communication. Because I’m a choreographer everybody expects me to work with dancers first and foremost ,which I do, but in this particular instance, actually, it’s a work for citizens. So even the people who work, who know the most about the work, who are initiated, if you want, are not necessarily dancers. They could be poets. They could be qaiters. They can be politicians. They can be anybody from any walk of life. It just needs curiosity. So, I’m looking, or we are looking together with the Nasher Museum and the Kenan Institute for Ethics, we’re looking for people around the Durham area and from Duke who are interested in participating in this kind of experiment. We have already a lot of interdisciplinary interest and people from different fields – professors, students – that are taking part, but we’re needing a lot more. We need around hundred people to get this project off the ground.

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