Choreographies for Survival working group investigated the resilient body and the generative culture space that emerges between bodies that engage in creative acts together. The group process culminated in a performative intervention at a Groupmuse classical music concert, presented at Pioneer Works. “A Massive Listening Experiment” was a giant and intimate classical music concert, featuring conductorless string ensemble Shattered Glass, that immersed the audience members and musicians alike in creative and varied modes of listening.
Using a variety of social choreographic techniques, the Choreographies for Survival working group worked to facilitate the emergence of a social space at the "A Massive Listening Experiment" that was constructed through embodied modes of listening, and in doing so engaged the senses in deep and transformative modes of observation and relation. In creating a space that was at once revelatory and participatory, members of the Choreographies for Survival working group worked to foster the ecological conditions within which music can build new pathways in the mind, helping us arrive at new ideas and social relations, in order to build a new society.
Choreographies for Survival was coordinated by Eugenia Manwelyan. Eugenia Manwelyan is a New York based choreographer, educator, and ecologist. She is the co-founder of Arts and Ecology, Director of Eco Practicum, member of Best Praxis art collective, and a founding faculty of School of Apocalypse. Her work is rooted in pedagogies of power, social choreography, and the connections between creative practice and survival. As a visiting faculty at Columbia University, Eugenia has worked on environmental planning and arts projects in the New York bioregion as well as India, Vietnam, and Jordan. Eugenia spearheaded a youth theater and peace-building project in Israel and Palestine that is now in its tenth year. She holds a BA in International Development from McGill University and her MS in Urban Planning from Columbia University. With a passion for cybernetics and civic engagement, Eugenia is interested in the powers of indigeneity to reorient civilization toward a new paradigm for survival.