Choreographer Jasmin Vardimon in Conversation with Psychoanalyst Joshua Cohen
Venue: Tower Building, London Metropolitan University, 166-220 Holloway Rd, N7 8DB
Date: Thursday 16 June 2011
Time: 7.30 - 9.00pm (doors open 7pm)
Tickets: £10 (£8 conc.)
Part of Holloway Arts Festival 2011
Choreographer Jasmin Vardimon met with Josh Cohen, Psychoanalyst and Professor of Modern Literary Theory at Goldsmiths University, to discuss the many themes and ideas in her work that resonate with psychoanalysis, including the body, the uses of memory, and the nature of interpretation. Jasmin's work is unique in contemporary dance for its fusion of the physical and the conceptual. In her performances, the body becomes an instrument for exploring fundamental philosophical and psychological questions.
Jasmin Vardimon is a leading force in British dance theatre. Born and raised on a Kibbutz in central Israel, she joined the Kibbutz Dance Company and in 1995 won a British Council 'On the Way to London' Choreography Award. She moved to London in 1997 where she founded Jasmin Vardimon Company (previously Zbang). Jasmin is an Associate Artist at Sadler’s Wells since 2006. Previously, she was an Associate Artist at The Place in 1998 and a Yorkshire Dance Partner from 1999–2005.
Enjoying sell-out performances across the UK and internationally, her Company’s works include: 7734, Yesterday, Justitia, Park, Lullaby, Ticklish, LureLureLure, Tête, Madame Made and Therapist. Lullaby gained Jasmin selection for the BBC documentary Dance Film Academy featuring the development of a film version of the piece (2005). Jasmin has also been commissioned to choreograph for the Royal Opera House (Tannhäuser, Dec 2010), Hellenic Dance Athens, CandoCo, WID, Bare Bones, Transitions and she curated the Dance Ballads Festival at the Oval House.
She recently developed a Higher Education programme for dancers and actors, run by her company as a Post-Graduate Diploma at Royal Holloway University London. She is the recipient of numerous awards including: the prestigious Jerwood Choreography Award (2000); the Jerwood Foundation’s 'Changing Stages' Award (2004); a nomination for Best Female Artist at the Critics' Circle National Dance Awards (2003); The London Arts Board ‘New Choreographers' Award (1998); The Colette Littman Scholarship Award (1997); The Havatzeleth Foundation Scholarship (1997 & 1995); and the America-Israel Foundation Choreography Scholarship (1989 & 1991).
Dr Josh Cohen's main interests are in modern and contemporary American literature, literature and philosophy and psychoanalysis. He has published books and articles on a wide range of American writers and European philosophers, and on more general questions in aesthetic theory, post-holocaust literature and philosophy, and psychoanalytic thinking. He is currently working on a project, working title The Ironic End of Art, exploring the history and theory of the drive to ‘self-annihilation’ and erasure in contemporary art and literature.