EDN's annual online conference brought together artists, dance practitioners and researchers to discuss environmental sustainability in the context of contemporary dance.
More than 400 registered participants from 49 different countries around the world had the opportunity to listen to the invited speakers: the choreographer and researcher Mariela Nestora, the dance dramaturge, choreographer, musician and researcher tyroneisaacstuart, the Head of Creative Europe Barbara Gessler, the BIPoC Colombian choreographer, dancer and decolonial curator Martha Hincapié Charry, the choreographer Constanza Macras, the artist Robbie Synge, the choreographer, dancer and director Sasha Waltz, the dance dramaturg and choreographer Monica Gillette, the independent researcher and curator Katarzyna Słoboda, researcher and cultural policy advisor Jordi Baltá Portolés (Trànsit Projectes), the director of Tanec Praha / PONEC - dance venue Yvona Kreuzmannová, representatives of invited networks and platforms Anna Arthur (Administrative Director, Aerowaves), Ása Richardsdóttir (Secretary General, IETM), Eduardo Bonito (Project Manager, Big Pulse Dance Alliance), Marie Le Sourd (Secretary General, On the Move), as well as EDN co-presidents Kerstin Evert (Artistic Director, K3 Tanzplan Hamburg) and Laurent Meheust (Director, Le Gymnase CDCN) and EDN board members Catja Loepfe (Artistic Director, Tanzhaus Zuerich) and Chiara Organtini (Project Manager, Lavanderia a Vapore).
The conference also served as an opportunity to present the commissioned research and the publication "Environmental Sustainability in Contemporary Dance: Emerging Issues, Practices and Recommendations." This report examines the relationship between environmental sustainability and contemporary dance, with a particular focus on the role of dance production centres. The publication provides the context, references and examples of where and how dance intersects with environmental sustainability, and which set of actions can lead to effective action. More information about the publication can be found here.
Both the conference and the publication are part of the EDN Campaign 2022 “Ecological Perspectives on Contemporary Dance: How Can We Move?”, which presents concrete actions and ideas to engage the contemporary dance sector in Europe, its advocates, funders and stakeholders, in a shared movement towards a sustainable future. The European Dancehouse Network, with endorsement of its 48 members from 28 countries, has published the advocacy paper available for the international dance field to use in their local, regional and national advocacy work. More information about the campaign and the final document can be found here.
The publication provides the context, references and examples of where and how dance intersects with environmental sustainability.More