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Gustavo Fijalkow

PhD Student

Research Subject & Interests

Among others, I am interested in concepts of Nation, Diversity and Pluralism, Post-Colonialism, Disability Studies and construction of physicalities – all these related to the Body in Performance. I am also interested in themes related to authenticity, the traditional, folklore and the contemporary.

My current research aims at unveiling mechanisms which underline the hierarchisation of physicalities and nationalities. I would like to suggest that unconscious information related to the old subjects of "Nation" still shape criteria which define who is entitled to be on stage and therefore to represent society and eventually the "Nation". Furthermore, I would like to draw a line from the admission of students into recognised dance educations through dance festivals out to dance projects chosen to represent the country in the context of its Foreign Culture Policy, and understand which hierarchies and elements of power are at stake.


Primarily trained as a dance, Gustavo spent about fifteen years predominantly rehearsing and performing dance. Eventually his creative interest started to shift from pure dance to more experimental, performance-related formats.

As the Creative Producer of a mixed-abled dance company, he carried out international projects in various African, South American and Asian countries, as well as in Germany. He co-established the pioneer German platforms for mixed-abled dance and curated these multidisciplinary festivals aiming at expanding the pre-eminent binomial discourse around ability/disability.

MA with the thesis "Bloodbath-Bloodbond" about the work of the Goethe-Institut Tel Aviv.

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