In 2019-2020, some new initiatives are tackling this domain.

Dramaturgy is a viable tool for contextualizing an environment, a context or a program. It is however a topic that has yet to be further developed in the context of EDN.

Micro and Macro Dramaturgies in Dance

This is a cooperation project running from 2019 to 2021 focusing on developing the capacity of choreographers in dramaturgy. Micro and Macro Dramaturgies in Dance aims to develop new skills for choreographers in dramaturgy and to train a future generation of dance dramaturgs through three main areas. Read more about this project here.

Contextualizing Dance

Bora Bora together with dance dramaturg Thomas Schaupp is organising a hands-on public symposia on “Contextualizing Dance – Dance Dramaturgy as a practice of interlinking Art with the Society” happening 13th and 14th of December 2019 at Bora Bora in Aarhus, Denmark.

The core question of this event will be: What can dramaturgy do for the context of a choreography and how does it do that? Read more about the event here, and stay tuned for a detailed report in the coming months.

Practicing dance dramaturgy

This is the title of the atelier that Dansateliers Rotterdam organised on March 20-21 2020. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the atelier was canceled and its content will be brought online over the course of 2020.

This atelier intended to focus on dance dramaturgy as a social practice. A practice in which developing human relations, social and soft skills are crucial. It puts forward the necessity of developing a learning attitude, when reflecting on someone else’s practice. It emphasises “learning to learn” as a crucial soft skill, in a time in which notions of dance, of quality, of truth and of knowledge are finally becoming as diverse as reality has always been.

Reflecting on concepts, processes, creation and dance is not bound to the role or position of a dramaturge. Dansateliers therefore invites dance professionals of different generations, with different roles and cultural backgrounds to share, reveal, and interrogate an aspect of their specific/individual/personal dramaturgical practice in creative, tangible and practical ways, through anecdotes, case studies and exercises in which “learning to learn” is key.