Jana Unmüßig’s doctoral research will be presented for public examination on Friday, August 31st 2018 at Uniarts Helsinki’s Theatre Academy.

Boredom is a creative force for the choreographer

Master of Arts (Choreography) Jana Unmüßig’s doctoral research examines studio-based choreographic composition practice that focuses on seeing and visuality from the perspective of the choreographer-director.

Unmüßig highlights the action of seeing, while also considering time as boredom. Seeing is discussed in terms of contemplation and as a way of thinking. Boredom is considered as fundamental for the composition practice that Unmüßig enquires into. Boredom, in fact, can act as a creative force.

–  Being bored helps to re-evaluate what you already have and what is given. Instead of adding new elements, you try to find possibilities in the existing setup, Unmüssig suggests.

Jana Unmüßig picks up on the notion of "The Choreographic", developed by artist and performance scholar Jenn Joy, and to it, adds practice-based reflection on the choreographic from the perspective of the choreographer-director. Unmüßig’s research also contributes to phenomenological considerations on seeing and time from the perspective of the choreographic artist.

Jana Unmüßig is a German choreographer who, in addition to the Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki, has studied at the Sorbonne in Paris and the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (SEAD), as well as the inter-university centre of dance Berlin (HZT). Unmüßig has done choreographic work since 2007 and has presented works in various international platforms.

Jana Unmüßig’s doctoral research Composition and Choreography – Critical Reflections on Perception, Body and Temporality will be presented for public examination on Friday, August 31st 2018 at 12 o’clock at Uniarts Helsinki’s Theatre Academy (Auditorium 1, Haapaniemenkatu 6, Helsinki, Finland). The occasion is in English.