The three-day symposium Working Together Transnationally. Structures, Conditions and Artistic Practices took place from March 31st until April 2nd in collaboration with the European Dancehouse Network. Curated together with the Brussels based sociologist Rudi Laermans and facilitated by Fearghus Ó Conchúir, about 70 international guests and participants discussed and practiced models of solidarity within and between production structures and artists, investigated possible media of collaboration and explored choreographic forms of collaboration.
The first and second day combined panel discussions and impulse statements with working groups. The report below focuses on the first day, aimed to develop suggestions and questions on how to improve artistic working conditions in Europe together in a joint movement of artists and institutions.
By sharing best practices and innovative concepts that try to initiate models of solidarity, fair practices and sustainable and reliable working conditions, the day aimed at identifying key issues, as well as basic standards in order to improve artistic working conditions in Europe.
In two panels the participants gave short impulse statements on different subjects such as:
The impulse statements served as a starting point for table discussions, which invited all participants of the symposium to exchange and develop a short list of the most urgent issues. The table discussions were led by the speakers of the panels.
In the following plenary meeting, each table introduced the most important questions and results of their talks.
Here is an overview of propositions, questions and themes for further action that emerged in the discussions, as compiled by Fearghus Ó Conchúir.
In order to develop a plan of action to improve artistic working conditions, it was discussed that the most urgent step is to get to know more about the situation of independent dance artists in different European countries. Research into working conditions as well as the income, tax and social security situations of freelancers in the fields of dance and the performing arts in different European countries can build the foundation for comparison on the European level.
Another important aspect in the discussion of how to improve artistic working conditions was the importance of creating flatter hierarchy between artists and institutions. This includes:
Question and themes, that were raised in the table discussions, but for which time didn’t allow more in-depth talks: