Aicinājums piedalīties starptautiskā konferencē “Re-thinking dance | New ways of working internationally in dance”


Latviešu laikmetīgās dejas kopienai labi pazīstamais rumāņu izcelsmes horeogrāfs Kosmins Monolesku (Cosmin Monolescu) aicina kolēģus un domubiedrus piedalīties starptautiskā konferencē “Re-thinking dance | New ways of working internationally in dance”. Tās mērķis izveidot kopīgu telpu diskusijām par to, kā dejas mākslai būt radoši auglīgai laikā, kad fiziskais kontakts ir ierobežots; kā pārstrukturēt savu darbību, lai veidotu jaunas sadarbības un radošas prakses; kāda izskatās dejas nākotne pandēmijas laikā. Šī konference ir AREAL Bucharest un European Dancehouse Network sadarbības rezultāts un ir organizēta projekta “Body Season” ietvaros.

Konference notiks angļu valodā platformā Zoom. Reģistrēšanās konferencei līdz 10. novembrim šeit. Visi, kas pieteikušies, 11. novembrī saņems Zoom saiti. Konferences dalībnieki saņems arī brīvu pieeju tiešsaistē vērot projekta “Body Season” izrādes un filmas.  

Pilns Kosmina Molesku vēstules teksts angļu valodā.

Dear colleagues,

Dear friends, 

We are living unprecedented and difficult times, when the body is obliged to take distance, the touch is forbidden, the mobility of artists is limited and most of the dance projects are happening online. How do artists and independent professionals work in these times of change without obscuring, colonizing and further marginalizing the people and territories that were already confined in the margins? How do we decolonize our own minds and our work, free of our own problematic practices and move towards collaboration, cooperation and generative, generous practices?

The international conference “Re-thinking dance | New ways of working together internationally in dance” aims to create a space for reflection regarding the above questions and more as well to look into the future of dance during this pandemic time. The conference is the result of cooperation between AREAL Bucharest and European Dancehouse Network and is organised in the frame of the Body Season, a collective project launched in September 2020. Initially, the event was scheduled to take place live in Bucharest during a showcase initiated by AREAL | space for choreographic development, a collective initiative launched in 2020 in Bucharest by 4 dance structures, in connection with the opening of a new dance space. Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus crisis, the opening of the space was postponed for 2021 and we can only meet and talk online.

We invite everyone interested to join our efforts to re-think the future of dance. The discussion will kick-off with a short introduction of the Romanian dance scene by Alexandra Balășoiu (Indie Box, co-founder AREAL), Simona Deaconescu (director Tangaj Dance and Bucharest International Dance Film Festival) and Vava Ștefănescu (manager National Dance Centre in Bucharest). Subsequently, Pia Kramer will briefly introduce the European Dancehouse Network and a new initiative – Perform Europe – a new initiative for artist mobility. Furthermore, 
Yvona Kreuzmanova (Tanec Praha), Marijana Cvetkovic (Station/Belgrade), Gisela Muller (Tanzfabrik Berlin) and choreographer Karin Pauer from Vienna are invited to share their thoughts on the proposed topic as well to give a short update on their own current situation and projects. After a small break, we open floor to all participants to contribute with their thoughts on how to re-think dance of the future, but also on what kind of measures and initiatives the contemporary dance field needs urgently today. The conference and discussions will be moderated by Cosmin Manolescu, an artist and manager who played an important role in the development of contemporary dance in Romania.

The conference will be held in English on Zoom and the registration is open until November 10 – all those who registered will receive the Zoom meeting link on November 11. Participants at the conference can also get free access to watch online the full programme of the Body Season of films and performances collective season initiated by AREAL and presented together with Creart/Teatrelli, Tangaj and National Dance Centre Bucharest, between November 12-16, 2020. 

AREAL| space for choreographic development is a collective initiative launched in 2020 by Gabriela Tudor Foundation, Indie Box, Delazero Association, Association for Theatre and Books and choreographer Andreea Belu, aiming to support collaboration, artistic creation, professional development and the dialogue between artists, public and the contemporary dance scene. The values of AREAL are research, creative processes in studio, mobility, interdisciplinarity, alternative education, awareness, well-being, time for reflection, meeting and dialogue space between dance makers, presenters and the public.

More information on Romanian contemporary dance scene is available in the study “The Contemporary Dance Scene in Romania – a research made by from the ecology of culture perspective” by Stefania Ferchedău & Raluca Iacob, produced by Gabriela Tudor Foundation (english language)

Thank you for your attention. Please feel free to forward this information to your community or artists whom might be interested in the topics. 

Stay safe and have a lovelly fall. 

Looking foward to talk to you online soon, 

Best regards,

Cosmin Manolescu