DANCING MUSEUMS: Performative lecture in the time when you meet the pandemic instead of the panda

Tomáš Žižka (CZ)


DANCING MUSEUMS – The democracy of beings is an action research project (2018 – 2021) designed to support and build long-term collaboration between dance organizations, museums, universities and local communities, and to develop inspiring and long-lasting artistic and cultural programs that people in these communities are interested in getting involved in. Tanec Praha's partner for the Dancing Museums project is the Prague City Gallery and the selected artist is dancer and choreographer Tereza Ondrová.

As a part of this project, there will be a Prague International Workshop for artists How Can We Embody the Artwork and the Art Space, and How Does It Change Our Perception? between 14-19.06. In response to the current situation marked by the COVID-19 pandemic, the workshop program has been transformed to allow for attendance without the necessity of travelling physically to Prague.

As part of the workshop, we are preparing activities for the public which includes online presentations by Kateřina Šedá and online lecutre by Tomáš Žižka. 



Performative lecture in the time when you meet the pandemic instead of the panda by Tomáš Žižka

A doctor is a doctor, a teacher a teacher, a priest a priest... their roles are clear. What role does the artist have in society? 

How long will the phantasm of "social distance" last behind the necessary veil of a state of emergency? We cannot move or avoid the issue of the virtual world and digital entertainment. The risk, however, is that this apparent vivacity under protection in the desert of reality causes fiction to mix with reality. We are all convinced and we are fighting the virus alone. But at the same time, we know that theatre is an assembly, an agora, a square, coexistence. 

The theatre of life is now also around the Virgin Mary axis, where a few individuals in the square seem to be dancing, but society is not flowing there yet. It is an acupuncture site for discursive democracy, i.e. a place for public debate, which seems all the more necessary when democracy itself is being undermined and we are losing fundamental freedom to an undisputed emergency. 

How long will we endure and when will we ceremoniously get rid of the veil of fear and socio-political loyalty?