Philosophy & Performance

Philosophy & Dance Performance: „Körpertanz als demokratischer Impuls“ (Starnberg/Germany 14.04.2019)

The choreographer, dancer and philosopher Aurelia Baumgartner explores body dance as a presemiotic basis of democratic behaviour in cooperation with the dancers of The Aureliana Contemporary Dance Project.

Idea and realisation: Aurelia Baumgartner M.A.


Ina Bures

Karoline Ruf

Raphaela Baumgartner

Technical Support: Markus Wagner

Documentation: Dr. Rüdiger H. Rimpler


Philosophy as Performance Workshop: „Getting Bread“ (Hannover/Germany 30.07.2016)

The Workshop “Getting Bread” tried to find out if the concept of Philosophy as Performance proves itself in everyday life situations. Thus, the workshop could also be seen as a kind of case study in philosophical investigations respectively artistic research.

Get the review here Rüdiger H. Rimpler, „Philosophische Performances im Alltags- und Berufsleben“, in: Zeitschrift für Didaktik der Philosophie und Ethik, Heft 2/2019, Performatives Philosophieren, hrsg. von Markus Tiedemann, S. 61 ff ISBN 978-3-661-23219-5

Look beyond there Rüdiger H. Rimpler, „Philosophical Performances in Everyday Life Situations“, in: Performance Philosophy Journal, Vol 2, No 1 (2016) 23–34.

The Setting of “Getting Bread”

Following the idea that “doing philosophy” is linked with embodied experiences and affective meanings of our thoughts, the workshop was planned for non-philosophers as well as for professional philosophers. The participants had to be willing to get up early and ready to face real life situations beyond the stage, which enabled philosophical experiences in an integrated sense. Location was Hannover, Germany. Initial Date: 30 July 2016.

Breaking – “Getting Bread“ is of fundamental importance in western countries as bread serves as a staple food. Moreover, bread is one of the objects that western people are used to share with each other. Thus, in a way, the invitation “let’s have dinner” includes the idea to share one’s bread with a friend in order to have a good time. In addition, the act of sharing bread has a religious meaning within the western world as it reminds the last supper of Jesus. According to these material, social and symbolic significances the following questions arise:

How do we treat bread today? What perceived and palpable significance does it have in everyday life situations? Who would share bread with us? Who would accept our bread if we offer it for free? And who would offer us bread if we were needy?

What kind of philosophical experiences will we make when we do not only ask these questions but when we try to face real situations, once in front of a shopping center, another time in a pedestrian area, once in the adopted role of a beggar, another time in the real role of someone who wants to give bread for free?

Making – How is bread made today? Is making bread still a human practice which may seduce our senses just as in bygone days? Anyway, today there are spas with rooms for aroma therapy where one may smell the fragrance of freshly baked bread. By contrast: What does it mean to earn money by baking bread? How hard is it to work as a baker who has to wake up every day very early in the morning? Altogether: Do we still know how to make bread by our own hands? Which tactile and sensual experiences may we make while making bread? Do we still know how it feels to make bread?

Baking – At the end of the day, the participants will come together in order to relive their experiences, to exchange their thoughts and to share their emotions in an atmosphere of welcome and appreciation. Furthermore, a supplementary evaluation will be held on the question if and to what extent the applied settings were able to make objects and situations show by themselves meaningful structures they incorporate.