Modul-dance video documentary

We’re glad to share with you all the documentary about modul-dance produced last November in the framework of the last modul-dance confence Conversations, that took place in Barcelona. The video contains an overview of the confererence as well as the modul-dance experience. Enjoy it!

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Modul-dance experience. By Perrine Valli

Perrine Valli_Je pense comme une fille enleve sa robe © Dorothée Thébert (2)My experience with modul-dance began in 2010 at the first meeting held at the Maison de la Danse in Lyon. A group of about forty dance artists and professionals gathered there to get acquainted with each other. As opposed to what often happens, modul-dance endowed itself with the means to create a “true network” by inviting all these people to meet. Occasions rarely arise to create strong ties between structures and artists, and modul-dance came to allow just that.

What immediately struck my interest was the European dimension of this project. My company is based in two countries: Switzerland and France, and my work is deeply marked by this artistic “double life”. In each project I ask myself how these two countries, these two cultures, these two artistic worlds will influence my work. Even if they are neighbours, the politics, codes and ways of thinking of these countries differ, and this has enriched my artistic research. For example, Je pense comme une fille enlève sa robe is a piece that reflects on prostitution since this activity is legal in Switzerland and forbidden in France. In my research, I have met prostituted persons and worked in associations in both countries to understand how their practice is influenced by the political and cultural context of the countries where they live. Consequently, far from being provocative, this piece simply poses some questions and shows how the body and ways of thinking are highly subjective. Read more of this post

Shimmying with Friends and Strangers. By Fearghus Ó Conchúir

In September 2011, Fearghus Ó Conchúir wrote the following article focused on his experience during the research he developed at Dance Gate Lefkosia Cyprus.

My abiding memory of the research time I spent in Nicosia was of the last evening spent with some of the delegates of the Dance/Body conference on the Turkish side of the city. We followed the academic Stavros Karayanni there to a cafe in a beautiful old square that once a month hosted a ‘pink party’ for gays and lesbians. There, Stavros danced a delicious, friendly belly-dance and I felt in that moment the embodiment of the conference theme: Dance/Body at the Crossroads of Culture.

Here was dancing where politics, gender, sexuality and ethnicity shimmied and swayed. And it felt good to be there. Read more of this post

Conference and contemporary dance festival at Dansens Hus Stockholm

Engaging Audiences lowDansens Hus Stockholm, modul-dance partner, is organizing the conference “Engaging Audiences” (5-6 December 2013) in the framework of the new festival Dans ❤ Stockholm (4-8 December 2013).

The conference gives an opportunity to get inspired, share ideas and knowledge about how to work with audience engagement. It will focus on the performing arts but will also include other cultural fields, both in the present and in the future. The programme includes an exciting mixture of keynote speakers, workshops, discussions and networking. Read more of this post

Opening of the 4th modul-dance conference at Tanzhaus: Joint cooking session

For the opening of the 4th modul-dance conference at Tanzhaus NRW, the chef Pierre-Yves Lamaison and the modul-dance selected artist Coraline Lamaison lead a joint cooking session after selecting some international recipes proposed by the project artists and partners. All the attendees cooperated to get everything ready for dinner. The dinner was celebrated with Antje Pfundtner.

Pictures: © Andreas Endermann.

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4th modul-dance conference at Tanzhaus

4th modul-dance conference
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Tanzhaus NRW Düsseldorf
4-6 September 2013

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Three years after the EU project modul-dance has started the directors of almost all dance houses from Europe and more than 50 artists and dance companies meet at Tanzhaus NRW in Düsseldorf. The modul-dance conference concentrates at perspectives of networking and internationally based collaborations. Planned as an “open space”, the conference features a program of lectures, thematic discussion panels, lecture demonstrations, presentations, showings and an ongoing forum. The program is completed by evening performances of modul-dance artists, curated by Tanzhaus nrw.

Click on here to discover the complete programme.