Practicing Dance Dramaturgy

How do dramaturges or ‘outside eyes’ position themselves in relationship to the various artists and the large variety of creative processes and realities they find themselves in?

This atelier focuses on dance dramaturgy as a social practice. A practice in which developing human relations, social and soft skills are crucial. It puts forward the necessity of developing a learning attitude, when reflecting on someone else’s practice. It emphasises “learning to learn” as a crucial soft skill, in a time in which notions of dance, of quality, of truth and of knowledge are finally becoming as diverse as reality has always been.

We will invite dance professionals of different generations, with different roles and cultural backgrounds to share, reveal, and interrogate an aspect of their specific/individual/personal dramaturgical practice in creative, tangible and practical ways, through anecdotes, case studies and exercises in which “learning to learn” is key.

Reflecting on concepts, processes, creation and dance is not bound to the role or position of a dramaturge. We therefore invite a mix of professionals of the field to come and join the atelier. Artist, producer, programmer, director or any other role you identify with: all voices are welcome.

The atelier is curated by dramaturge Merel Heering. She will also moderate the program, together with dance artist and musician tyroneisaacstuart. Adesola Akinleye, Jeppe Hemdorff Nissen, Mohamed Yusuf Boss, Jaukje van Wonderen and Connor Schumacher will amongst others contribute to the program.

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