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Noise *

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Two year research project

Promotor: Kathleen Coessens

Based on and inspired by his extensive experience as a composer in interdisciplinary projects, Clerc Parada’s research departs from the assumption that noise is a connective force that exposes the multiplicity of factors that are at play in artistic experiences and their sociopolitical contexts. How might collaborative artistic practice and research inform and challenge this assumption? And most particularly, how is this assumption manifested in the artistic outcomes of one specific collaborative trajectory between a composer and a choreographer? In trying to answer these questions, will it be possible to move noise towards a philosophy of the body? The main goals of this project are to investigate the transformative and adaptive nature of noise in collaborative processes, its potential as a conceptual tool in educational settings and to explore noise as a term to think about the performing body in terms of resistance.


Through a series of collaborations as a music composer in choreographic projects Clerc Parada will study how noise (conceptually and physically) might affect the creative processes and its artistic outcomes. This will be explored in and through a series of interdisciplinary workshops for dance students, artistic residencies and two new interdisciplinary creations, as well as in a retrospective study of four choreographies where Clerc Parada collaborated as a composer.

Miguelángel Clerc Parada


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Miguelángel Clerc Parada (Chile/Netherlands), PhD, is a researcher, performer and experimental music composer. His work explores the relations and tensions between coexisting musical and non-musical soundscapes. Clerc Parada seeks to blur the artistic object and to achieve a multi-directed sensory experience that exposes the multiple forces that interact with the artistic space. Immersion, interdisciplinary methods and the integration of the body in compositional processes are a central part of his artistic work.

Since the late 2000s he has regularly collaborated as a composer and sound designer in numerous contemporary dance productions and installations, with choreographers such as Astrid Boons, Pedro Goucha Gomes, Marina Mascarell, Dimo Milev, Loïc Perela, Ivan Perez and Heidi Vierthaler, among others. His individual works and collaborations have been presented in diverse festivals, theaters and universities, some such as the Gaudeamus Festival, Julidans, Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Paradiso, Theater Rotterdam, Nederlands Dans Theater (NL), Dans I Nord, Opera of Gothenburg (SE), Mercat de les Flors,  Compañia Nacional de Danza (ES), Fringe Festival, London Biennale (UK), state theaters of Heidelberg, Sarre, Trier and Bielefeld (DE), GAM (CL), among others.

Clerc Parada holds a PhD in artistic research from Leiden University and Orpheus Institute in Ghent (docARTES doctoral program). His doctoral research explores various perspectives on the term immersion, and its relation with, and transformation through, his composer's practice. Immersion through music is proposed as a transitional experience that exposes and interrelates multiple layers of reality, questioning critically the tendency to think immersion as an experience within a particular or self-contained space.

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