EDN organizes an online conference inviting cultural operators, artists, academics, local and international policy-makers. 

Thursday, 10 December 2020, 14:30 CET, Zoom

A Structured Voice from the Dance Sector

Acknowledging the challenges the European dance sector is facing, EDN invites cultural operators, artists, academics, local and international policy-makers to discuss adaptive measures and emerging issues that will contribute to co-designing a future-oriented approach for the field.

Cross-country collaborations, co-productions and work presentations have shaped the dance sector as highly international. Contemporary dance art-forms and practices, part of our intangible heritage, are being continuously created in dialogues between diverse local contexts and the international dimension.

Throughout the recent years, mobility has been prioritized as a fundamental feature in supporting the sector. Today, new paradigms have to emerge in order to tackle the sector’s need for achieving long-term sustainability.

Building on the latest field developments, EDN’s online conference provides insights into adaptive measures across Europe, emerging practices and current needs, envisioning a renewed dance ecosystem after a period of crisis.

Basic Info

Thursday, 10 December 2020 / Zoom

PART 1: 14:30 CET – 16:25 CET panel: open participation, Zoom link will be shared with all the registered participants

PART 2: 16:30 CET – 18:00 CET discussion and outcomes: limited participation, subject to confirmation by the host

The conference will be held in English.

Register by 7 December 2020 by filling in the form here.

The agenda is available on this link.

Conference Program

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Fabio Melotti

Panel 14:30 - 16:25 CET

14:30 CET
Welcome

  • President EDN – Laurent Meheust
  • EACEA – Creative Europe - Head of Unit – Walter Zampieri


14.40 CET
Session 1 – European Dance Sector: Current Policies and Practices

The effects of COVID-19 regulations enhanced the structural and endemic fragilities in the contemporary dance ecosystem, forcing the sector into a fast response to paradigmatic shifts.

Dance sector has had to face the following challenges: long closure of choreographic centres and theaters (loss of revenue; loss of audience; maintaining social distancing measures); shifting live arts into digital forms; loss of income for independent artists and organisations; loss of mobility for artists as well as for cultural operators and audience (no touring, no new productions, interruption of the value chain).

  • Kerstin Evert (K3 | Tanzplan Hamburg): the Western Perspective
  • Yvona Kreuzmannova (Tanec Prague): the Eastern Perspective

Q&A Session 1


15:15 CET

Session 2 – Mobility beyond Circulation: A Shifting Paradigm

The session will begin with a short overview of the binomial ‘mobility – internationalisation’ as developed along the last 20 years; also due to the strong support of European institutions and funding schemes. Internationalization, multiculturalism and constant exchange have been the key features in (re)defining dance infrastructure as well as artistic content. What are the current scenarios? How does the sector readapt to the current situation? Can the sector reach its sustainability goals while shifting the paradigm of mobility and internationalisation?

  • Joris Janssens (researcher – IDEA Consult) – Rethinking Mobility
  • John Ashford (Aerowaves platform) – a perspective from European platform
  • Virve Sutinen (Big Pulse Dance Alliance)


Q&A Session 2


15:50 CET
Session 3 – Dance and Political Activism – Towards Wellbeing

What are the emerging practices that can progress the dance sector further? What is the ‘hope’ after the crisis? From the online #DanceAndWellbeing Campaign to the local experiments and practices; ‘wellbeing’ has emerged as a dance-specific paradigm accompanying us in this transition.

  • Roberto Casarotto (Centro per la Scena Contemporanea Bassano del Grappa) – wellbeing: practice and perspectives from the local scale
  • Euripides Laskaridis (director, performer and founder of Osmosis performing arts company): artist’s perspective

 

16:20 CET
Closing remarks: End of Part 1

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Urška Boljkovac

16:00 CET – 17:30 CET
PART 2: Breakout room discussions
Limited participation

Breakout Room Discussions 16:30 - 18:00 CET

16:30 CET  

ROOM 1 – Emerging Practices in Contemporary Dance: Focus on Artists’ Needs
(discussion facilitated by Roberto Casarotto and reported by Hana Kolić)

ROOM 2 – Internationalization and Mobility: Ways Forwards
(discussion facilitated by Joris Janssens and reported by Eddie Nixon)

ROOM 3 – Local and International Policies and Perspectives*
(*intended mainly for local, national and international policy makers and EACEA)
(discussion facilitated by Kerstin Evert and reported by Carlotta Scioldo)

17:30 CET
Plenary closing session:
Discussion outcomes, conclusions and recommendations

18:00 CET
Closing remarks: End of Part 2

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Keynote Speakers 

In order of Appearance

Kerstin Evert
(K3 – Zentrum für Choreographie | Tanzplan Hamburg I Germany)

Kerstin Evert founded the choreographic center K3 in Hamburg in August 2006, and has been the director of K3 – Zentrum für Choreographie | Tanzplan Hamburg since then. She works as a lecturer at universities in Berlin, Bern, Gieβen, Hamburg, Frankfurt/Main and Salzburg, among other places, and she is member of several juries and advisory boards.

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Yvona Kreuzmannová
(Tanec Praha, Czech Republic)

Yvona Kreuzmannová has founded Tanec Praha (NGO) since 1991, she is the director of TANEC PRAHA International Dance Festival and PONEC – dance venue. From 2006 to 2008 she worked as an external advisor to the Czech Minister of Culture. In 2004 she was awarded by the French President Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite National for her outstanding contribution to the development of European cultural cooperation.





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Joris Janssens
(IDEA Consult, Brussels, Belgium)

Joris Janssens (IDEA Consult) is an expert with an extensive experience in research and strategic development projects and public policy advise, in Flanders and abroad. His research and projects focus on diverse aspects of thearts ecosystem in Flanders, Brussels and beyond: the international dimension of the arts, the position of artists, local and international cultural policy, arts and urban development and cultural diversity.

 

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John Ashford
(Aerowaves)

John Ashford is Director of Aerowaves, the European network for new dance discovery he founded in 1996. The expert network of 46 partners representing dance artists across Europe creates cross-border performance opportunities and enhances connections between dance artists, programmers and audiences across Europe.

John Ashford CBE was previously Director of The Place Theatre and ICA Theatre in London, and founding Theatre Editor of Time Out magazine.

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Virve Sutinen
(Big Pulse Dance Alliance)

Virve Sutinen has been the artistic director of Tanz im August – International Festival Berlin since 2014. She has worked in the arts and cultural sector as a managing director, artistic director, organiser, producer, journalist, and editor-in-chief. Before Tanz im August, she was the artistic director and general manager of Dansens Hus Stockholm, and first performing arts curator and head of Kiasma Theatre, in Kiasma, the Museum of Contemporary Art Helsinki.



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Roberto Casarotto
(Centro per la Scena Contemporanea di Bassano del Grappa, Italy)

Since 2006, Roberto Casarotto has been responsible for dance projects and programmes for the Centro per la Scena Contemporanea di Bassano del Grappa (CSC) and Operaestate Festival Veneto. 

Currently involved in several international projects supported by the EU Creative Europe and Erasmus + Programmes, he develops initiatives aimed at supporting artistic research, mobility and artistic development in the field of dance, the engagement of communities and participation of citizens in cultural activities. 

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Euripides Laskaridis
(OSMOSIS)

Euripides Laskaridis is a stage director, performing artist and founder of the OSMOSIS performing arts company. The company’s first travelling work, RELIC (2015), has been performed at more than thirty festivals and venues worldwide, including the Lyon Biennale de la Danse, Palais de Tokyo, the Barbican Pit, and the Public Theater in New York. International tour stops of his 2017 work TITANS include Théâtre de la Ville, Festival TransAmériques, Berlin’s Tanz im August, and the Hong Kong Arts Festival. In late 2019, his new international co-production ELENIT premièred at Onassis Stegi in Athens before setting off to tour the world, alongside RELIC and TITANS. In 2016, Euripides was awarded an inaugural Pina Bausch Fellowship.

Other Contributors

(in order of appearance)

Laurent Meheust
President of European Dancehouse Network and deputy director of KLAP Maison pour la Danse, Marseille, France

Walter Zampieri
Head of unit Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), Brussels, Belgium

Carlotta Scioldo
Cultural policy expert Brussels, Belgium and PhD candidate at Politecnico di Torino, Italy

Eddie Nixon
Artistic director of The Place, London, UK

Luisella Carnelli
Researcher at Fondazione Fitzcarraldo, Torino, Italy

Hana Kolić
Performing artist and EU training programme coordinator, Brussels, Belgium

Registration Process


Please register by 7 December 2020 by filling in the form here.

The agenda is available on this link.

 

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