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APAP 2015 – Through the Lens of Cultural Mobility

22 Jan

As it does every year, New York in January provided a great time to watch, think about, and engage in discourse around dance and the business of dance.  Between APAP and numerous other festivals occurring at the same time, New York becomes a hive of activity for performing arts professionals from around the world.

Three events – the Cultural Mobility Symposium, the APAP panel “Dance as an Outpost for America,” and the DanceUSA Forum – provided an intersection for several notes that I took regarding themes U.S. performing artists seeking more cultural mobility, particularly internationally, should perhaps examine and reflect on.

Power dynamics and empowerment

Obstacles for U.S. artists (from Outpost panel):
-At home they have to battle the idea that their work is not intrinsically valuable.
-They have to search for funding to survive domestically, much less tour.
-“Perhaps there is a lack of exposure to new ideas here” – another symptom of geographic isolation?  Cultural mobility is essential to the health of the performing arts in the U.S.

It’s all about relationships – festivals, networking organizations, and so on.

-Festivals are wonderful for seeing work, but they are also beautiful for making introductions
-Networking organizations – such as IETM, On The Move, FACE – Fresh Arts Coalition Europe, and many others – are a great way to deepen your network without risking being “the tacky American”

-You have to travel.  Americans by and large do not travel, which increases the effects of our geographic isolation.  Connections must be made in person and work must be seen in person.

Politics

-By going to a country that is not your own you are an ambassador for your home country.
-Dance can be (and is often used as) a political tool.
-Moving against a monolithic “American dance,” “European dance,” etc. and towards solidarity and connecting artists with similar work across separate cultures.

More impressions from CINARS, Nov 18-21, 2014

15 Dec

Below we have a guest blog from Jourdi Waller, Administrative Associate with the Stephen Petronio Company and an American Corner delegate to the 2014 CINARS Biennale in Montréal, Canada. Continue reading

Impressions from CINARS, Nov 18-21, 2014

24 Nov

Below we have a guest blog from Amy Harrison, Managing Director of RIOULT Dance NY and an American Corner delegate to the 2014 CINARS Biennale in Montréal, Canada.

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American Dance Recon/New York, November 5-10, 2014

19 Nov

One of the best parts of my job is helping to host nine to eleven dance colleagues from around the world for 4-1/2 days during American Dance Recon, a yearly symposium around U.S. dance in a given city.  ADR is invariably a rich week full of discussion, dance, and shifting perspectives. Continue reading

Tanzmesse

2 Nov

Below we have a guest blog from Keila Cordova, Artistic Director of keila cordova dances/3 pony show and an American Corner delegate to the 2014 Tanzmesse. Continue reading

Travelogue Update, September 23rd, 2013 – Reflections on the Bienal

24 Sep

Carolelinda and Andrea are just back from the Bienal SESC de Dança 2013 in Santos, Brazil.  Although there were fewer international presenters at the festival than expected, there were a number of presenters from within the continent – not to mention it was a chance to see some intriguing, internationally curated work.

As with all marketplaces and festivals, it was a chance to meet other associates in the field, whether during the daytime at meet-and-greets or over late-night dinners.

From left: Allen Moon, Carolelinda Dickey, Juliano Campos de Azevedo, and Claudio Toni

From left: Allen Moon, Carolelinda Dickey, Juliano Campos de Azevedo, and Claudio Toni

Each performance site was marked by the Bienal's emblem - these spiraling ribbons at the front of the buildings

Each performance site was marked by the Bienal’s emblem – these spiraling ribbons at the front of the buildings

In São Paulo, the SESC – Social Service of Commerce – has a network of 32 units, mostly cultural and sports centers. It also offers social tourism activities, health programs and environmental education, and special programs for children and seniors.  The Bienal de Dança is one of the largest festivals in Brazil.

There were a number of performances to choose from.  One that entertained everyone who saw it was Cristian Duarte’s “Hot 100,” a tribute to his “top 100 choreographers” who had influenced him, inspired by Umberto Eco’s The Infinity of Lists.  Then there were various “Interventions” throughout the whole festival.  Like the Trey McIntyre Company’s “spurbans” (spontaneous urban performances), you never knew when you would happen upon one.  Here’s one that surprised ADA’s co-directors while they were out.

Close-up of an intervention

Close-up of an intervention

That’s it for Brazil for now.  Next up – Performing Arts Market Seoul in South Korea, October 6th-11th.