Peer Learning Workshops are an essential part of UP2DANCE project. Organized by dance companies, they aim to facilitate the exchange of good practices among partners, leading to the production of a Manual of Good practices which is one of the tangible results of the project.
We are please to announce that the UP2DANCE project reached another fundamental milestone – between 12th and 15th of April 2021 the fourth Peer Learning Workshop, took place, hosted online by ICK Dans Amsterdam. This time, the aims of these workshops were to analyse the training methods and the documentation of artistic work related to those trainings in order to identify the core skills and capacities which are being expected from dancers. The second goal was to introduce and discuss the role of Dancer,
Dance, Teacher, Choreographer, and Repetitor.
ABOUT THE HOST OF THIS WORKSHOP
The International Choreographic Arts Centre (ICK) is a platform for contemporary dance founded in 2009 by Emio Greco | Pieter C. Scholten. This city dance company of Amsterdam is built on three pillars: ICK-Company (producing international dance performances), ICK-Artist Space (supporting new makers) and ICK-Academy (stimulating education and research projects). The ICK Company is supplemented by a junior company: ICK Next. From 2021, the ICK Artist Space is the Amsterdam production house for contemporary dance.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE PROGRAMME
Researcher Suzan Tunca was the facilitator of the whole UP2DANCE workshop:
• Every morning a Double Skin/Double Mind class was given by ICK Researcher Suzan Tunca. You can read more about DS/DM method founded by Emio Greco | Pieter C. Scholten below.
• Monday 12th: Sharing practices – a contemporary dance class combining different techniques in a personal way from 15:00 – 16:15. The partner running this practice was Bruno Duarte – Dancer and Choreographer from Companhia de Danca de Almada.
• Tuesday 13th: Sharing practice ‘Spiritual Body’ from 13:15 – 14:30. The partner running this practice was Valerio Longo – Balletto di Roma
• Thursday 15th from 13:15 till 14:45: a lecture and workshop on the Toolkit Sensorium by Artistic Coordinator Academy and Dance Teacher Kelly Hirina – ICK Dans Amsterdam.
ABOUT THE ICK STAFF
Suzan Tunca is a researcher and a dance teacher. Essential elements in dance are ‘trusting each other’, ‘how to make the difference in conveying the message of a choreography’, and ‘discovering the sensitivity of your body, what possibilities it has. Which techniques can you take from dance for that? Ingredients that a dancer
cannot do without, and that can also be learned a lot from in the world outside dance.
Kelly Hirana is artistic coordinator of the arts education branch of ICK and a former ICK dancer. She is also an avid dance, pilates and yoga teacher. Kelly uses a variety of pedagogical methods that help students feel comfortable and safe in the classroom while building motivation for “learning”, thereby achieving their
ABOUT THE DOUBLE SKIN/ DOUBLE MIND METHOD
Double Skin/Double Mind (DS/DM) is the dance method of Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten. You discover the sensitivity of your body through the basic principles of Breathing, Jumping, Expanding and Reducing. You need the sensitivity for the possibilities that arise from your body when creating choreographic material. The
method is therefore the basis of all performances by Greco and Scholten.
“DS/DM is a way of preparing the body for dance that is inherent to your thinking and your imagination. It needs a connection with your own choices, also during the improvisation with other elements and choreographic materials. The experience creates a condition and an opening, it is not something fixed by rules that say: this is how you should dance. It is rather the opposite, you use it, and then you contrast it in an open field of intervention and manipulation”.
– Emio Greco-
MORE ABOUT UP2DANCE
UP2DANCE (2019-2021) is an Erasmus+ project aimed at harmonising knowledge, competences and skills in the dance profession and dance education at European level. The aim is to increase the mobility of dance professionals within Europe.
This project is a collaboration between Balletto di Roma (Italy), Derida Dance Center (Bulgaria), Polish Dance Theatre (Poland), ICK Dans Amsterdam (Netherlands), Companhia de Danca de Almada (Portugal) and Magenta Consultoria Projects(Spain), co-funded by the Erasmus+ Program of the European Union.
For more information and updates, please follow the @up2danceproject Facebook page.KEEP READING
Peer Learning Workshop 3 in the frame of UP2DANCE project
Peer Learning Workshops – an overview
The Peer Learning Workshops are another important part of the realization of the UP2DANCE project – collaboration between Balletto di Roma (Italy), Derida Dance Center (Bulgaria), Polish Dance Theatre (Poland), ICK Dans Amsterdam (Netherlands), Companhia de Danca de Almada (Portugal) and Magenta Consultoria Projects (Spain), co-funded by the Erasmus+ Program of the European Union.
They are aimed to share innovative/effective methodologies to integrate contemporary languages into the training of trainers and professionals involved in the dance industry, so as to enhance their perspectives and increase their employability, thus being absolutely functional to the achievement of SO3 (To strengthen cooperation and the exchange of good practices among partner organizations concerning vocational training in the field of contemporary dance).
These Peer Learning Workshops are being organized by dance companies and are aimed to facilitate the exchange of good practices among partners, leading to the production of a Manual of Good practices which is one of the tangible results of the project.
Peer Learning Workshop 3 – New management models to be addressed when running contemporary dance
Peer Learning Workshop 3 will be hosted by Derida Dance Center via Skype due to travel restrictions between 22nd and 26th of March 2021. Each training day will take place in the morning and attended by two representatives of each partnering organization. It will last 3 hours – from 09:30 (CET) until 12:30 (CET). 24th of March would be organized as a reflection day for 1:1 call to solve possible doubts.
Given the specific objective of this workshop, mainly addressed to organizational and management change inside the dance organizations, it will be mainly attended by managing staff and connecting figures between management and artistic staff.
Day one of the workshop would start with a short presentation led by Atanas Maev – CEO of Derida Dance Center and will include overall information about the forthcoming days of the workshop, main organizational, management aspects and good practices leading to new management models required when working on contemporary dance languages. Representatives of each partner organization would be given the chance to present their own organization in terms of organizational, management aspects and good practices leading to new management models required when working on contemporary dance languages. The day will end with a discussion between the participants regarding the similarities and differences in the method of work of their organizations and what they stem from – geopolitical, historical, demographic factors. The partners will brainstorm about how they could implement the initially shared good practices in the work of their organizations and how this would affect both nationally and internationally in the field of contemporary dance.
Day 2 would start with a definition of specific management aspects addressed by transition to contemporary dance – staff recruitment (artistic and technical), artistic production (activities schedule and timing); marketing and communication (towards new public, but also keeping the old one). All partners would share their own experience by sharing success cases and good practices from their own work or experience, and concluding their presentation with needs and bottlenecks.
Day 3 would be a reflection day aimed at conducting one to one conversations between partners and Derida Dance Center considering unclear topics and further questions.
Day 4 of the workshop is planned to be a video chat with guest speakers working in the field that would share relevant good practices. The invited professionals are Katherina Vasiliadis, who has vast experience in the field of cultural management and the international relations for independent choreographers as well as organizations, Anna Arthur (administrative director of “Aerowaves – dance across Europe”) and Kirsten Seeligmueller (co-founder of DOCK11). The day will end with a shared definition of the management models partners will introduce in the final output: Manual of good practices.
The last day of the workshop will include observation/participation in dance class led by Jivko Jeliazkov, Artistic Director of Derida Dance Center and will end with conclusions and evaluation.
The transition from classic to contemporary dance not only affects the different aspects related to artistic gesture and codification of languages; it affects the whole chain of a dance training and performance production inside dance companies, from an organizational and management perspective.
Contemporary production requires an overall new approach towards production: the consequentiality of production steps traditionally foreseen in classical dance is often non-respected; several figures and professionals required in classical production may be incorporated in only one professional in contemporary dance, while new professionals and technicalities may be required (being, for instance, the use of ICT for set design widely used). At the same time, a new effort has to be done in (re)positioning with old and new audiences, used to classical language and performances; dance schools addressing the contemporary need to carefully design an audience strategy, able to involve new potential audiences without losing the old, more traditional, ones.
Given all the aspects underlined, organizations willing to introduce contemporary dance in their production need to re-think their management models, in terms of positioning, management, production procedures and timing.
The third Peer Learning Workshop will thus have the main aim of enhancing participants’ reflection on new management models required when working on contemporary dance languages. Main needs, bottlenecks and possible solutions will be shared, and the final conclusion will be used in the design of the Manual of good practicesKEEP READING
With the round tables conducted by Magenta Consultoria Projects and Derida Dance Center, we are happy to announce that this very important milestone, namely, organizing and realizing round tables on the professional roles in dance, has been finished.
On December 2nd Magenta conducted their round table on the professional profiles of Dancer/Dance teacher/Rehearsal director/Choreographer. The meeting was held online via Whereby Platform.
The round table started with an explanation about the project and its goals. The facilitators let the participants introduced themselves and talk about their professional situations in order to get to know each other better and analyze the different realities of dancers and dance professionals.
The participants highlighted the fact that many of them have had experiences around Europe and some of them are also involved in teaching activities regarding the dancing world. They talked about the issue that is the lack of regulations within the dancing world and also regarding the joining of the labor market once you finish your studies. As teachers, some of the participants also explained how their students are trained to be competitive professionals but the lack of regulations, even within Europe, makes it difficult for them to enter the workforce within a dancing company for example.
The round table was facilitated by María Sol Alvarez from Magenta Consultoría Projects. The participants were Xevi Dorca, Pablo Dávila, Yoshua Cienfuegos, and Melanie Lopez Lopez.
Derida Dance Center conducted their round tables on December 21st and 22nd via Google Meet.
The first meeting was under the topic: “Round table discourse on the roles of Artistic Director and choreographer. State of contemporary dance in Bulgaria”, and the second – under the topic: “Round table discourse on the roles of Dancer and Dance teacher. State of contemporary dance in Bulgaria”.
Due to the nature of the issues affecting all professional profiles, in the end both meetings focused on the issues related to all the 4 professional roles (choreographer / assistant choreographer / dancer / dance teacher.)
Facilitators were Atanas Maev – Project manager of Derida Dance Center/ Art Link Foundation; Jivko Jeliazkov – Artistic Director and choreographer of Derida Dance Center/ Art Link Foundation, and Isabel Mitkova – Assistant Project Manager and dancer.
The round tables started with a short presentation of the project and the partners involved in its implementation and continued with a short presentation of each participant in the discussion.
The results of the preliminary study were briefly presented in order to outline a general framework of the state of dance professional profiles in Europe and in particular in the partner countries.
The meetings continued with a discussion on the identified issues:
Both meetings were held with the participation of Tsveta Doycheva (Independent artist – choreographer, dancer, scenographer); Marion Darova (Independent artist – choreographer, dancer; dance teacher); Kalina Georgieva (Dancer, dance teacher, part of Atom Theatre); Eleonora Miteva (Ballet dancer, contemporary dancer); Pepi Koleva ( dancer, dance teacher); Dimitar Stefanov (Independent artist – Actor);
The next steps
New challenges lie ahead.
The next step in the implementation of the Up2Dance project is to create a comparative analysis between professional profiles at national level, in each partner country, as well as the conduction of three workshops – in Bulgaria (March 2021), Netherlands (April), Portugal (July).
MORE DETAILS SOON!
The UP2DANCE project – a collaboration between Balletto di Roma (Italy), Derida Dance Center (Bulgaria), Magenta Consultoria (Spain), Polish Dance Theatre (Poland), ICK (Netherlands), and Companhia de Dança de Almada (Portugal) is funded by Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union
For more information and updates, follow the @up2danceproject Facebook page, which was launched at the beginning of July.
Photo: Merian Nickolova, Photo-Corps
from S INNER, a contemporary dance performance by Jivko JeliazkovKEEP READING
The UP2DANCE project continued with the realization of the round tables in Italy, Poland, and Bulgaria.
On October 23rd, Polish Dance Theatre held a roundtable discussion on the topic “Professional development of a dancer in the context of the educational and institutional offer in Polland”.
The agenda and goals of the meeting were:
A Dancer is best described in the European Qualification Framework among all profiles related to the dance field. In Poland, it has strong roots in ballet schools but how a dancer profile is perceived is changing. Professional development after ending stage career for dancers is a very big challenge. Is the educational system in Poland offering as much as dancers need? What if there are gaps in the educational and institutional environment?
Among guests were representatives of the Music and Dance Institute responsible for the Dance Professionals Transition Program and dancers from the Polish Dance Theatre. Participants have discussed gaps in the dance education program in Poland especially in relation to the physical and psychological aspects of dancer development and the importance of proper training of young artists in dance schools.
Balletto di Roma held their first round table, combining two of the professional roles considered in the project, on October 27th via Zoom on the topic “Round table discourse on the roles of dancer and dance teacher. State of the art in Italy”.
The stakeholders involved were Emanuelle Burrafato (BDR teacher), Letizia Piccione (BDR teacher), Valerio Longo (BDR choreographer and deputy director), Valeria Diana (Academia Nazionale Danza), Adriana Borriello (International master, predagouge), Christophe and Jonathan (Directors of Sine Qua Non-Art).
The round table included a discussion on each profile in terms of the definition of the role and skills it must have, bodies entitled to issue the official certificate of the role (recognition of professional qualifications), EQF validation (knowledge, skills, and abilities), identification of needs and skills not covered by the official training system and the gaps to be filled, possible recommendations and new methods to address the discrepancies between qualifications frameworks and contemporary professional figures, and ended with conclusions and agreement on the main results achieved.
It was facilitated by Francesa Magnini (Artistic Director of Balletto di Roma) and the guest facilitator Stefano Cascino (Regione Lazio, Programming Area Of The Training And Orientation Offer. Direction Of Education, Training, Research And Work
The target group of the round table consisted of professionals in the sector, renowned artists, and researchers in the field to make the discourse more articulated through the dialogue between multiple expressions of the art of dance and points of view coming from personal experiences.
On November 4th, Balletto di Roma held their final round table, combining the profiles of choreographer and rehearsal director in “Round table discourse on the roles of choreographer and rehearsal director. State of the art in Italy”.
Upcoming round tables are those to be held online by Derida Dance Center on the 21st and 22nd of December. The topic of discussion would be the professional profiles of Choreographer, Artistic Director, Dancer, and Dance Teacher.
The UP2DANCE project was associated partner in the realization of the „CLASH! International Festival. The Hybrid in Dance Models, between Classic and Contemporary. Six events dedicated to dance were broadcasted every day on the official website http://clashproject.eu/festival/ and on Facebook/Vimeo sharing the roundtables and the screendance performances produced by the partners involved in the project „Clash! When Classic and Contemporary Dance Collide and New Forms Emerge“, co-funded by Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.
The topics that the festival comprised were:
For more information about the “Clash! When classic and contemporary dance collide and new forms emerge” project, please visit:
The UP2DANCE project – a collaboration between Balletto di Roma (Italy), Derida Dance Center (Bulgaria), Magenta Consultoria (Spain), Polish Dance Theatre (Poland), ICK (Netherlands), and Companhia de Dança de Almada (Portugal), with the support of Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, will carry on with implementing the round tables in all partner organizations, as well as with creating a public report on the results of the discussions made.
For more information and updates, follow the @up2danceproject Facebook page, which was launched at the beginning of July.
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Following the successful development of a strategy in regards to organizing round tables on the topics of the professional dance profiles, namely Dancer, Dance Teacher, Choreographer, and Rehearsal Director, the realization of the UP2DANCE Project proceeded with their launch.
The first round table organized by Companhia de Dança de Almada, Portugal, was on the professional profile of the Dancer with the name: “Professionalization of the Dancer: The role of Schools of Artistic Training Specialized in Dance”. It was held on 22nd July 2020 on Zoom from 18 h to 20 h. The table was moderated by Ana Macara and counted on the active participation of Susana Rodrigues (Ana Mangericão Dance School); Madalena Xavier (Escola Superior de Dança); Albino Moura (Lugar Presente – Escola de Dança); Cristina Pereira (Dance Art School of the National Conservatory); Carla Albuquerque (Ca.DA Escola). Representatives of professional associations who can contribute to this process were also invited: Iolanda Rodrigues (1st Position Association); Pedro Fidalgo Marques (Pro-association of dance professionals); Administration, teaching staff, and dancers of Ca.DA school, and selected dance professionals. The target group of this round table was administration, teaching staff, and dancers of Ca.DA school, and selected dance professionals. Everyone saluted the organization of the meeting which brought into contact several institutions that work for the same purpose but which are usually not very much connected, wishing it will start good possibilities of collaboration for the future.
Companhia de Dança de Almada organized their second round table on the profile of the Dance teacher. It was held under the name “Classical and Contemporary Dance: The role of the dance teacher” on October 3rd. The approached topics included: fundamental knowledge, techniques, and skills for practicing the profession of classical or contemporary dance teacher today; role and existing difficulties in the training of teachers in the dance area; training models for dance teachers;
recognition of the profession of dance teacher and regulation on the necessary qualifications for teaching.
The 3rd round table lead by Companhia de Dança de Almada on the profile of Rehearsal Director / Repetiteur was held on October 7th under the name “The role of the rehearsal director/repetiteur in the dance company: Relationship with choreographers and dancers”. The addressed topic included:
basic knowledge, techniques, and skills for the exercise of the profession; role and difficulties in exercising the profession of rehearsal director/repetiteur in dance; recognition of the profession.
Next partner to implement the round tables in their activity was Polish Dance Theatre (Poland). They focused on the professional profile of the choreographer and set the name: “Choreographer vs. Polish Dance Institutional and Educational Environment.” The aim was to present different points of view of professionals that have experience and knowledge in the field.
A choreographer profile is not described precisely in the Polish Qualification Framework. Many recognizable choreographers don’t have a title given by universities but they have great experience and portfolio.
Polish Dance Theatre invited to the round tables people from the public institutions as well as freelancers and those who have chosen different paths for their careers.
“Dancer-Teacher: role, competences, professional development opportunities” is the second round table that will be held by Polish Dance Theatre on October 22nd. According to them, Dancer Teacher is a very important profile but underrepresented at the higher education level. Still, there is a limited number of universities that teach dance and hiring dancer-teachers in Poland. What we can do to make this profile to be more appreciated and recognizable is the leading question of discussion.
In these round tables, ICK Dans Amsterdam, on the other hand, aimed to map and identify some of the current needs related to each profile on both artistic and socio-political levels. ICK wishes to activate a field of discourse about the ideal dancer, the ideal dance teacher, the ideal rehearsal director, and the ideal working conditions for the further evolution of contemporary dance in the NL, as it is imagined and practiced by the different players in the field.
In line with the dance research at ICK Academy on vocabulary development through dance (an)notation, documentation, and knowledge transmission, they also aim to cultivate a discourse about the verbal articulation of the tacit, unspoken, and mostly yet unrecognized knowledge of dance. ICK wants to evaluate the potentials of this knowledge in relation to the collectively shared challenge of the Corona crisis, the high mobility of securities triggered by it, and in relation to the future of dance.
On September 22nd, ICK dans Amsterdam hosted their second roundtable on the profile of the Dance Teacher. Statements about the ideal profiles proposed by the participants of the roundtables were the departure point for the discussion. The vocabularies used in these statements were compared with each other and in relation to the competencies articulated in the Dutch Beroeps- en Opleidingprofiel Dans (2017) (Professional and Educational Profile Dance), as well as in relation to other relevant sources contributed by the participants.
On September 29th ICK dans Amsterdam conducted their third roundtable on the profile of Rehearsal Director. They invited dancers, dance teachers, artistic directors, policymakers, choreographers, rehearsal directors, and educational policymakers to participate in the roundtable. For the rehearsal director, they had a choreographer who also has experience as a rehearsal director, Artistic coordinator Academy, researcher, and ICK production manager. Because of the low response in the field, they will try to set up more 1 on 1 conversation in the near future.
The organization and holding of round tables in Bulgaria – Derida Dance Center and Italy – Balletto di Roma is forthcoming.
The UP2DANCE project –a collaboration between Balletto di Roma (Italy), Derida Dance Center (Bulgaria), Magenta Consultoria (Spain), Polish Dance Theatre (Poland), ICK (Netherlands) and Companhia de Dança de Almada (Portugal), with the support of Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union will carry on with implementing the round tables in all partner organizations, as well as with creating a public report on the results of the discussions made.
For more information and updates, follow the @up2danceproject Facebook page, which was launched at the beginning of July.
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The UP2DANCE project –a collaboration between Balletto di Roma (Italy), Derida Dance Center (Bulgaria), Magenta Consultoria (Spain), Polish Dance Theatre (Poland), ICK (Netherlands) and Companhia de Dança de Almada (Portugal), with the support of Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, continued with an online training program, taking into consideration the pandemic situation.
Initially, the training was supposed to be conducted in Gijón, Spain with two representatives from every partner organization. However, it was adapted to online Skype meetings.
The agenda of the training included lectures and discussions about European Qualifications Network (EQF), ESCO: the European multilingual classification of Skills, Competences, Qualifications, and Occupations, The European Credit system for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET), and European Quality Reference Framework in VET (EQAVET – Quality Assurance in Vocational Education and Training).
The aim of the training was to acquaint the partners with the existing instruments that could be used in terms of updating the professional profiles towards contemporary dance and thus create an equal working environment.
In regards to the stated above, one of the most important instruments to be used in the realization of the UP2DANCE project would be EQF with its purpose to improve the transparency and comparability of people’s qualifications.
The European Qualification Framework for lifelong learning (EQF) aims to better link different national qualifications systems, acting as a translation device for employers and individuals to better understand qualifications from different EU countries, thus making it easier to work, study or hire staff abroad.
The benefits from EQF could be seen both for individuals and employers in terms of a better understanding of qualifications – what they should know, understand and be able to do; understand the level of their qualification in all European countries and how it relates to others, also compare and interpret the qualifications from different countries and institutions; more easily find a job or engage in further learning or understand their relevance and how do they match company or sector needs.
Round tables Strategy
Following the conducted training and several online meetings, the realization of UP2DANCE project continues with the development of a strategy for organizing round tables on the topics of professional dance profiles (Dancer, Dance Teacher, Choreographer, Rehearsal Director).
Тhe strategy consists of three phases:
1st phase: Research and preparation of the round tables
Research – Each partner will run a preliminary activity of research, in order to prepare the round tables. (Scouting on the roles addressed; Brainstorming about stakeholders)
In particular, the round tables would involve:
Discussion amongst partners – Discussion over the results of the research.
2nd phase: Implementation of the round tables
Because of Coronavirus, round tables have been rearranged/adapted to online ones. If the Coronavirus conditions change, of course, partners are highly recommended to come back to physical round tables, to be re-arranged accordingly.
According to the 3/4 professional profiles agreed and identified (Dancer, Dance Teacher, Choreographer, Rehearsal Director), 3/4 round tables in each partner country will be implemented:
The round tables will involve: internal staff of each partner (dancers, artists, management, trainers and technicians); third parties and external stakeholders;
In case partners want to discuss with a wider audience, they can plan questionnaires or 1:1 interviews.
In each meeting the following themes would be addressed:
3rd phase: Final reports
Partners will create final reports with feedback/conclusions that emerged from the round tables.
Launch of the round tables
The first round table will be organized by Companhia de Dança de Almada, Portugal on the professional profile of the Dancer with the name: “Professionalization of the Dancer: The role of Schools of Artistic Training Specialized in Dance”. It will be held on 22nd July 2020 on Zoom.
The table will be moderated by Ana Macara and we will count on the active participation of:
Representatives of professional associations who can contribute to this process are also invited:
Administration, teaching staff, and dancers of Ca.DA school, and selected dance professionals.
The target group of this round table will be administration, teaching staff, and dancers of Ca.DA school, and selected dance professionals.
The other partners would be holding the round tables in the frame of August – September.