Dec 3 | Michael Kliën Social Choreography/Artist Talk: Parliament (1st NY Session)

I’m a student in the Program in Theatre and Performance working with Austrian choreographer Michael Kliën and the Segal Center to produce a work of participatory social choreography, in the Segal Theatre on Dec. 3. Here’s the event page: []. All are welcome, by RSVP: staff, students, faculty, and participants unaffiliated with CUNY. Absolutely no performance experience is required.

This event emerges out of my ongoing collaboration/conversation with Kliën and I hope will be a chance, similar to events with choreographer Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker and theatre artist Veit Sprenger in the last few years, to engage with an artist’s practice in multiple embodied and discursive ways.Please write me with any questions, or to RSVP. Parliament works best when it’s a mixed group of participants who (a) don’t all know one another well and (b) includes participants who normally wouldn’t think of coming to a participatory “performance.” There will be no non-participating audience. The participation element is very open/low-key. It will be completely fine to sit on the edge and watch, or engage however you want. Here’s an excerpt from Parliament at Duke, where Michael teaches: []

All details below.

Cory Tamler
Level II Ph.D. Student, Theatre and Performance

Monday, December 3
Segal Theatre
Presented by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center

4:30pm-8pm Parliament
The NYC premiere of this piece of situational choreography is free, but an RSVP is required. To participate, please RSVP to

8:30pm Artist Talk
FREE + Open to public. First come, first served.

The Segal Center is proud to present the CUNY version of Parliament (1st NY Session)Parliament is a pioneering work of situational choreography and exploration of ecological aesthetics. The work offers participants a critically needed withdrawal from normal modes of social action and provides instead an innovative site for 21st-century experimentalist cooperation. Embedded in the immediacy of Michael Kliën’s choreographic framework, citizen-performers, working in silence, come together to bear witness to and hold council amidst the elemental phenomena and fundamental concerns of collectively lived experience. Pointing towards unseen and unexperienced modes of social organization, Parliament traverses, probes and navigates the paradigms that animate our present-day political relations.

Produced in collaboration with Cory Tamler.

Michael Kliën (born 1973) is a choreographer and artist. Considered one of Europe’s most notable thinkers in contemporary dance and choreography, he has been commissioned by leading institutions including Ballett Frankfurt, Martha Graham Dance Company, New Museum, Irish Museum of Modern Art, and Hayward Gallery. As Artistic Director/CEO of Daghdha (2003-2011, Ireland) he developed an extended, socio-politically engaged choreography referred to as ‘Social Choreography’. Kliën’s practice encompasses interdisciplinary thinking, writing, curation, and centrally, choreographic works equally at home in performing and fine arts. He was awarded a PhD from Edinburgh College of Art in 2009. In 2017 Kliën took up the position of Associate Professor of Practice at Duke University.