Observations on Dance Massive, by Andrea Snyder

28 Mar

DanceMassiveSiteDance Massive is the biennial Australian dance festival held in Melbourne over the course of two weeks in March. It is a massive celebration of contemporary dance, including well-established choreographers, indigenous contemporary voices, and emerging artists. Organized by three presenting venues (Dancehouse, Arts House, and Malthouse), it is easy enough to move among the three sites and walk the city.

One of its purposes is to showcase the works of selected choreographers/companies to Australian and international dance presenters. Dance Massive is geared towards interested presenters; being an official presenter delegate has its benefits. Each week contains a AngelaConquet_ClaudiaLaRocca_Andrea.JPGcombination of essential events (“must go to” or participation in) and a dense schedule of performances. International delegates came and went throughout the two weeks, some for several days, and a few for the entire stretch of time.

My purpose in attending was to scope out the gathering in order to advise U.S. dance artists about the possibilities for relationship-building, and to continue to build awareness of international programmers who might appreciate the opportunity to attend a future American Dance Recon (ADR). I JarmoPentilla_LindaYip_AnnaChanwas delighted to have reunions with ADR international “graduates” during the five days I attended (Cathy Levy, Jarmo Pentilla, Angela Conquet, Anna Chan, György Szabó, Jerry Remkes, Tay Tong, Josh Wright). I was also thrilled to spend some time with the few U.S. delegates attending during the time I was there (Paul King, Walter Jaffe, Ben Pryor) and to cross paths with Claudia LaRocca (teaching a workshop) and artist Emily Johnson (involved in a collaboration).

I arrived on Sunday, March 19, and departed Friday, March 24. Over those five days, I saw seven performances, presented a 3-minute Pecha Kucha Pecha-Kuchaabout American Dance Abroad, listened to a panel discussion about dance curation, participated in a series of Roundtable discussions with choreographers, visited a former Temperance Hall now being re-established and renovated as a performance space, and with Paul and Wally met with the Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Consulate to share what we are doing as well as learn about the Consulate’s interests and priorities. Nothing definitive to report here, since the State Department is in transition, staff is on the move, and budgets are in flux.

PaulKing_WalterJaffe_BillFurnish_largerAs opposed to the current state of unknown about the NEA, the day before I arrived the Australian Arts Council received news that over half of the $100m funding that was siphoned off by the Minister of Culture several years ago (for his own determination) was being restored. There was plenty of sympathy and understanding from the internationals for what the U.S. is facing with the new administration.

I was struck by the similarities between U.S. and Australian dance. Much of what I saw came from a very strong physical base, the dancers were highly skilled, and the content was, for the most part, abstract. There were several outstanding productions. I wondered if the European presenters thought the same about U.S. and Australian dance (“lights and tights”, too physical, and not context-driven enough)?

In conclusion, Dance Massive seemed primarily geared towards making connections between Australian artists and interested national and international presenters.  I did, however, have conversations with several Australian colleagues who were impressed and intrigued with what American Dance Abroad does for U.S. dance.

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Dance Dialogue: Focus on Dieter Jaenicke, Director, internationale tanzmesse nrw 

23 Oct

internationale tanzmesse nrw is a biennial international marketplace and festival for contemporary dance. Dance companies and artists from all over the world present their work live on stage. For choreographers, dancers, agencies, presenters and cultural institutions alike, it is a platform of vivid networking and exchange. It is an opportunity to meet roughly 2,000 professionals from all over the world, providing a space for topical discourse on recent developments in the field of contemporary dance.

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Six months ago, Dieter Jaennicke took over the artistic direction of internationale tanzmesse nrw 2018 and 2020. The experienced curator, festival manager and artistic director is the fourth director in Tanzmesse’s nearly 25-year history. He seeks to further develop cooperation with the international dance field as well as to curate a high-quality dance festival, both for international professional visitors and local audiences. As the current Artistic Director of HELLERAU, he draws on very diverse experiences in the dance field, as well as in the cultural field in general, including experience as curator for festival Boticário na Danca in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Festival Director in Aarhus and Organizer of the World Culture Forums 2004 and 2006.

First and foremost, he aims for holistic fairness and universality. To achieve this goal, Dieter Jaenicke seeks to provide a high quality artistic program and an open, welcoming attitude. Not only does Tanzmesse provide a broad space for the different genres and facets of contemporary dance, it also reflects societal issues by means of dance. Dieter Jaenicke values new ways of thinking and creating, cross-overs with other art forms, such as fine arts, new media or design, and particularly the fusion between tradition and innovation. To live up to this aspiration, all world regions need to be adequately represented at Tanzmesse. Jaenicke states: “It is international, global, and universal. We will especially take care that Africa and South America – who have had very little presence in the past – will be part of internationale tanzmesse nrw and its festival in 2018.”

Artists and choreographers who wish to participate are welcomed to send their proposals for performances until November 13, 2017. Artists need to be represented by a booth in order to apply for the festival program. Jaenicke encourages artists to “contact us personally if you have any questions, doubts, concerns!”

Find all the details at:
www.tanzmesse.com/en/tanzmesse/2018/exhibitors/performance-proposal/

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M100 Video Dance Art Exhibition

19 Oct

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“Pitchbook: Volume IV” Call for Submissions

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“Spotlight: USA” Press Conferences & Press Release

29 Sep

American Dance Abroad is pleased to announce “Spotlight: USA,” a platform of American dance in Bulgaria, from March 26-28, 2018. ADA Co-Directors Carolelinda Dickey and Andrea Snyder are currently in Bulgaria, formally announcing the platform in conjunction with our partner, One Foundation for Culture and Arts, at press conferences in Plovdiv and Sofia.

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A prestigious international jury curated the platform from a select list of 50 proposals, ultimately choosing a variety of artistic voices based in Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Portland, and Seattle. Read the full press release for details on the artists participating from your area, as well as information on our jury, goals for the platform, and our sponsors. 

Dance Dialogue: Focus on Konrad Kurowski

22 Sep

International Dance Theatre Festival has been organized by Lublin Dance Theatre since 1997 and is one of the longest running and biggest contemporary dance festivals in Poland and Eastern Europe.

The Festival is built and reformed in relation to the ever-changing needs of both dance enthusiasts and the artistic community on every level: local, national and international.

The programming and organizational foundation of the Festival reflects the range and diversity of the dance phenomenon, both Polish and worldwide, their differences and common features, as well as possibilities for dialogue between sometimes radically different elements. As such, there is space for understanding the evolution from traditional and classical dance to its more contemporary forms, to present both young artists and the dance icons on which these choreographers have been brought up, to showcase both intimate solo works and large scale performances, to describe the way of dancing in Central and Eastern Europe, as well as grasping the ideologies and concepts of dancing in the West.

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Lublin Dance Theatre is a partner in the European dance network Aerowaves – dance across Europe. In 2013, with support from the Institute of Music and Dance, LDT acted as an organizer of the meeting of the Aerowaves experts committee and since then regularly presents chosen performances from the priority list of “top twenty” artists.

From 2016-2018, International Dance Theatre Festival in Lublin is focusing part of its programming to showcase particular national dance scenes from all over the world. It started by highlighting Israel, this year the focus will be Scandinavia, and in 2018 artists presented in Lublin will be invited from the USA.

Dance workshops, movie screenings, photo exhibitions, book publications, and panel discussions with audience participation are organized within the framework of the Festival. All these elements are creating a vast socio-cultural contest for the presented performances and artistic events taking place during the Festival.

To reach Konrad or other members of the collective:


Peowiaków 12 str., 20-007 Lublin
Tel. + 48 (81) 466 61 46
http://www.20.mstt.pl
www.dancefestival.lublin.pl
www.ck.lublin.pl
www.ltt.art.pl

ADR Summer 2017: Blog by Vanessa Maria Mirza

30 Aug

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“It was very exciting for our International Artistic & Programming Committee that a representative of Dance Bridges Festival, Kolkata, India was invited to attend American Dance Recon (ADR) 2017. We are a young and edgy festival of international dance focusing on building artistic and cultural exchanges between local and international artists, and have only just completed our second edition.

The conference and week-long event of ADR was only days before Dance Bridges Festival 2017 opened, but the opportunity to watch American dance performances, meet artists and explore new performance venues and arts spaces was too tempting to resist. As the Director of Dance Bridges Festival, I have received a few invitations to global dance platforms in recent years, but this was my first occasion to explore American dance more deeply with a range of different artists and genres within Philadelphia, New York City, the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and other artist residency spaces, studios and venues throughout the Berkshires.

DVMy impressions of American Dance Recon now come as a rush of many different images and moments that deeply impacted me. It was a special experience to be guided through this variety of dance impulses along with a very eclectic group of international artists and programmers from Panama City, Shanghai, Tokyo, Lublin, Budapest, and Vancouver, as well our lovely American Dance Abroad hosts: Andrea Snyder from New York, NY and Carolelinda Dickey and Bonnie Gloris from Pittsburgh, PA.

I really didn’t expect such a wide programming spectrum, and I was grateful for the knowledge I gained through this multi-city exposure to art, culture and dance in America. We saw dance theatre, experimental, musical, contemporary hip hop/break dance, cabaret – some pieces that were pure dance-based choreography, others more theatrical, using text, song, many different props, contemporary ballet, and more.

I was struck by the individuality of artists from different cities and regions of America. I had a certain preconception about what present-day dance performance and choreography might be like in the U.S., and that was definitely expanded and changed. It left me feeling invigorated, and I found it thought-provoking, even if sometimes slightly offended. There are definitely artists and works that, as a programmer, I know would suit my region and Festival more than others. I very much appreciated that American Dance Abroad was not just providing a marketplace for Festivals and venues, but, in fact, something much deeper and richer.

The cultural and artistic appreciation of our journey feels absolutely invaluable, from learning about artist roots and dance company structures in Philadelphia from Joan Myers Brown and Lois Welk, to watching San Francisco-based choreographer Amy Seiwert present her first full-length ballet at the Joyce Theatre, to visiting Stephen Petronio’s beautiful new Crow’s Nest residency space, and seeing Adam Weinert’s JP_archive2interpretation of Ted Shawn’s solos in an abandoned high school in Hudson. Also, looking at blueprints and construction of The Lumberyard – a production-based residency program and space, watching some fabulous dance performances by choreographers like Doug Varone at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, looking through the archives and library with Norton Owen, and seeing young dancers perform on the beautiful open air stage, with the perfect frame of the Bershires all round. Finally, a visit to the MassMoCA museum and an American picnic and fireworks at Tanglewood.

I must thank our hosts once again for a wonderful time with artists of ranging maturity. Each performance was also at a different level of production, with some very young artists coupled with mature and inter-generational artists. I am left excited to build on my connections from this experience, and I certainly hope to strengthen ties with the American artists I have interacted with. Dance Bridges looks forward to developing relationships and being a channel to support liaisons with India.”

–VANESSA MARIA MIRZA, Founder-Director, DANCE BRIDGES FESTIVAL, Kolkata, India

Dance Dialogue: Focus on Karen Cheung

28 Aug

The City Contemporary Dance Company (CCDC) is an organization in Hong Kong comprised of a full-time dance company that produces original works by Chinese choreographers; the Dance Center that focuses on educational works and provides support to local independent artists; and the China Dance Development Program that promotes the development of contemporary dance in Mainland China. The China Dance Development Program was launched in 1998 and has facilitated many projects bringing Hong Kong-based and international artists to mainland China, as well as bringing Chinese artists to Hong Kong and overseas. Two of the most well-known projects of the Program are the Beijing Dance Festival (ongoing since 2008) and the Guangdong Dance Festival (2004–2016).

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The Beijing Dance Festival takes place every summer in July.It began in 2008 as a one-week festival, alternating between a focus on international artists and Chinese artists, but now combines both over two weeks: an educational week and a performance week. The Festival welcomes 300 students and young dancers throughout China each year, to learn from established artists and to witness how the artists’ visions and aesthetic approaches are realized on stage. U.S. companies ODC, Philein/ZiRu Productions, Yu Dance Theatre, Dai Jian & Elena Demyanenko, ChavasseDance&Performance, Oni Dance, and Kevin Williamson and Company have been included in The Beijing Dance Festival.

The festival has partnered with the new Tian Qiao Performing Arts Centre since 2016 to host 16 performances, including an open platform for emerging choreographers, innovative and smaller productions, and larger-scale productions. The Beijing Dance Festival has not only become one of the biggest contemporary dance networks in China, but has also inspired several new dance festivals in other regions of China.

From November 21-26, 2017, CCDC and its China Dance Development Program will launch a new festival in Hong Kong: the City Contemporary Dance Festival. The Festival will be biennial and will consist of two parts: the presentation of Chinese and international works, and the DanceX platform that brings artists, presenters and dance professionals together.

PrintIn addition to presenting major dance companies from China, Korea and Japan, DanceX will host the very first HOTPOT East Asia Dance Platform for emerging talents from those countries. HOTPOT is a new initiative by the City Contemporary Dance Festival, Seoul International Dance Festival (SIDance) and Yokohama Dance Exchange, and was inspired and facilitated by IceHot Nordic Dance Platform.

As Head of China Dance Development, Karen Cheung programs for the Beijing Dance Festival and the new City Contemporary Dance Festival. She is also the artistic adviser to the Hangzhou International Dance Festival and Guiyang Dance Festival. Karen “will be looking at works that are not often seen in Hong Kong… works that are inspiring to the local dance community,” and possibly “works in public spaces,” for the new City Contemporary Dance Festival.