During the first EDN Atelier “EDN Future Strategies” held at Mercat de les Flors, we worked together to reflect on how the network should continue acting in the short term on our two major criteria: relevance and sustainability for dance art.
How to bring members to engage with the long-term development of the network? We propose a methodology to actively design the next years
On 30th November, EDN celebrated its first Atelier. The meeting served as space to reflect together about the future strategies of the network and to write an action plan. David Márquez and Natalia Balseiro, both independent curators, offered us a specially designed methodology that we share with you all.
If we are going to discuss dance and movement, then we need to go the whole way and change our perspective. We will start with the idea of taking a 180º turn and observing the situation from the other side, re-positioning our look in order to face it. To achieve this we will modify the logic of a process of strategic development and begin at the end so that, once the process has made some progress, we can identify the main strategic lines of work serving the EDN in the medium term.
The values on which the projects are based –in this case valuing dance and what is meant by and makes up dance today, the choreography and associated thinking– should not only take in the context of the projects but also their operational and functional approaches. Furthermore, all activities are guided by two major criteria moving the EDN project: sustainability and relevance. Today’s management models must change and be consistent with the concepts used to generate thinking, knowledge and action. This is why we propose a shift to a new way of working and generating collective thinking processes and activities in EDN, open to other people and in particular open to the artists and the general public, who are the people for whom these projects are developed.
Tables and chairs with the possibility of altering the layout as so desired. Display boards showing EDN main goals, the agenda for the day and activities planned for the first year.
Building the network's activities together
Activities planned for the first year - for approval (85 min)
Making sure to leave room for the unknown
Discussion: Themes and ideas that emerged from previous meetings and new ones that may emerge: channelling them into specific activities and projects
Activating members to take responsibilities in the network's planning
Braimstorming: Activities planned for the second year
Developing the future of the European Dancehouse Network: a democratic process
Trips (Outreach activities) and collaborators: Any particular themes needing attention?
Watch the clip of the Atelier "EDN Future Strategies" that took place at Mercat de les Flors in Barcelona the 30th November 2014. We worked together to reflect on how the network should continue acting in the short term on our two major criteria: relevance and sustainability for dance art.