Contemporary Dance in the Contemporary World – Subject for Debate

An international seminar for choreographers and dancers took place on the 25th of October in Totem Art Space.

The seminar was organized by Zelyonka Festival and NGO Contemporary Dance Platform. It was supported by the British Council Ukraine.

The seminar featured Terry Sandell (Head of the EU – Eastern Partnership Culture and Creativity programme) and Anthony Baker as leading speakers.

Anthony Baker is Joint CEO and Artistic Director at Dance City, Newcastle – a major UK centre for dance. Anthony visited Ukraine as an expert ofCanny Creatives – the UK-Ukraine exchange programme for culture professionals aimed at developing creative industries in Ukraine. One of the activities of the programme was the seminar for young Ukrainian contemporary dance choreographers.

The seminar was organized as an open dialogue; each participant could speak up or ask a question at any time.

The main issues discussed were as follows:

How to create successful performances for the international market?

What are the opportunities for collaboration between dance companies and individuals at national and international level?  Why collaborate?

What do you need to become a part of international projects?

What is the opportunity for collaboration with artists from different art forms?

How to get financial support for your project?

The leads in the first three topics were the UK culture professionals. They spoke of the international experience in the dance industry and the ways to implement this experience in Ukraine.

The information delivered at this section was new for most of the Ukrainian choreographers - the majority of them have never heard about the Creative Europe programme, which supports transnational cooperation projects between cultural and creative organizations within the EU and beyond.

The second part of the seminar focused more on the Ukrainian cultural context.

Unfortunately, in Ukraine there’re almost no examples of collaboration between choreographers, composers, lighting and set designers, and video artists . Ukrainian choreographers tend to do lighting, scenography and costumes themselves. This is a reason why Ukrainian contemporary dance is far from becoming a well-developed  cultural industry. An essential feature of such an industry is that projects are created by a team of professionals, where each participant takes care of the aspect they specialize in.

Kristina Shyshkaryova (choreographer), Alexander Manshylin (choreographer), and Andriy Merkhel (composer) shared their experience of collaborative projects. They also identified pros and cons of inviting artists from different art forms to work on the dance projects.

Summing up the results of the meeting, Anthony Baker said that collaboration with artists from different art forms is too wide an issue to be covered in one seminar.  So it was agreed to hold more meeting of the same format in the nearest future.

Translation: Daria Voronina 

Last modified onFriday, 08 January 2016 22:02
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