Networks and community

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Saturday 12th June

Plenary session 2.-  Networks and community

The spectator is not an isolated being; he/she lives in a community, relates to others and communicates in many forms and ways. The fact of belonging to a community or cultural group allows them to share their feelings towards dance and it’s creative potential, giving birth to genuine moments of creative connectivity between people.

Today’s media has no frontiers and can also be as direct or as specialised as required to select the group or specific social network. Furthermore, the creative forms generated by and within a certain community acquire an artistic respect, which enriches the institutional tapestry that sustains the “official” culture.

¨      Speaker: Marten Sparberg

Mårten Spångberg is a performance related artist, writer and curator. He has created his own work since 1994 with emphasize on choreographic structures, and has been commissioned as a choreographer for e.g. the Frankfurt Ballet. His work has been shown in most European countries and he has worked with choreographers such as Xavier Le Roy and Les Ballets C de la B. From 1996-04 he organized and curated the international performance/dance festival Panacea and was commissioned curator of performing arts at the Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, 2001-04. He was visiting professor at the Univ. of Giessen 2000-02, lecturer at P.A.R.T.S. 2001-06 and was teaching long-term classes both at the arts academy in Maastricht, as well as at Royal School of Theatre in Stockholm.

¨      Artist testimony

  • Interviewer: Dieter Jaenicke

Artistic Director of HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts Dresden

  • Artist: Lia Rodrigues

Lia Rodrigues is considered to be one of the Brazilian most accomplished and innovative avant-garde choreographers. She is the founder of the Panorama dance festival and was its artistic director until 2005. Lia is known for her political commitment. In this spirit, she started rehearsing with her company at the Favela da Maré in Rio. Between 1980 and 1982, Lia worked at the Compagnie Maguy Marin in Paris, France, which gave her the opportunity to perform throughout Europe. Back in Brazil, she based herself in Rio de Janeiro and founded the Lia Rodrigues Dance Company in 1990.

The plenary session “Networks and community” will divide into 3 work groups that will tackle the following topics:

Working Group 2.1

¨      Creating in the community

  • Initiator: Cecilia Macfarlane

Cecilia Macfarlane trained as a teacher at the Royal Academy of Dance and as a dancer at the London School of Contemporary Dance. She is an Oxford based independent dance artist with a national and international reputation for her work in the community.  She is the founding director of Oxford Youth Dance, DugOut Adult Community Dance and Crossover Intergenerational Dance Company and co-founding director of Oxford Youth Dance Company.  She was a Senior Lecturer in Arts in the Community at Coventry University for   nine years. Her work is based on her passionate belief that dance is for everyone; she celebrates the uniqueness and individuality of each dancer.  As a performer Cecilia is continually curious about expression, how movement can communicate so powerfully to others without the need for words. Her work is very influenced by her studies with Joan Skinner, Helen Poynor, Deborah Hay and most recently Anna Halprin.

Dance and movement arts in particular, constitute a valuable instrument of collaboration between people. Social groups belonging to cultural minorities, the youth, the elderly or socially or physically disadvantaged, find the necessary instrument within dance in order to develop their expressive and creative talents, sharing them with people in the same situation. Also, in this way, the arts contribute in forming strong, united and supportive groups.

Working Group 2.2

¨      Virtual social networks

  • Initiator: Marlon Barrios

Coreógrafo, bailarín y artista new media venezolano radicado en Nueva York desde 1994, es el creador y productor de la Dance-tech Net, una de las más importantes redes sociales virtuales existentes en el mundo de las artes del movimiento.

Contemporary society develops into social networks according to the tastes and affinities of the people in them and, often, independent of the countries and community of origin. New digital tools have become involved in this process and they are not insignificant to spectators, artistic centres or creators. Today these tools are the key to communication and the participation of all involved in the art of dance.

Working Group 2.3

¨      Street cultures

  • Initiator: Jordi Claramonte

Doctor en filosofía por la UNED, ha combinado su trabajo como investigador en el área de la Estética y la Teoría de las Artes con frecuentes incursiones en el terreno del arte más contextualizado en términos sociales y políticos

The creativity borne from the aspirations of groups or communities, is a true reflection of these groups and aims to imaginatively express it’s feelings, dreams, and realities. It is manifested in order to be enjoyed by the majority of the population and it looks for new spaces for more effective proximity. Normally these movements are outside of the   mainstream artistic circuits, they innovate the artistic reality of the moment and are an echo of what we call “street culture”. This culture is derived from movements that can only happen in the street and public spaces and from the need of small groups to express themselves.

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