“Curiosity towards development and gazing into the future” – International dance encounter Stretch 2019 takes place in Turku, Finland


Stretch 2019 is organized in the footsteps of Keðja – a meeting platform for the professional Nordic–Baltic dance community since 2008. Stretch 2019 stretches beyond the Nordic region and invites all dance professionals and students to network, discuss, and share best practices in October 2019.

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Stretch 2019 – expanding professionalism is an international encounter for dance professionals which aims to tackle professional, structural and operational issues in the dance field. The themes are discussed in lectures, panels, working groups and workshops.

The opening key note is given by Dr Kai Lehikoinen, Director of CERADA Center for Educational Research and Academic Development in the Arts at Uniarts Helsinki. He is also Vice-Director of ArtsEqual research project and Team Leader for the research group Arts in Health, Welfare & Care. Lehikoinen’s academic work includes publications on dance analysis, competence analysis and curriculum development in artistic boundary work, and expanding professionalism in the arts.

Lehikoinen says that Stretch is needed because it brings new ways of operating and better communication about dance into discussion.

“In-depth artistic knowledge and versatility are important to people working in the field of dance. But we also need better insight when it comes to other professional skills and communicating about dance,” Lehikoinen states. “Discussing the development of dance professions is necessary within the field, and more generally in relation to changes in the world of work.”

Stretch 2019 brings together the dance community from all Nordic countries and beyond – to discuss, share best practices, give new ideas and network. The program includes performances, morning classes and social gatherings with opportunities for networking and peer support.

Stretch 2019 is held in Turku, Finland, from 17th to 20th of October.

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Stretch 2019 is organized by the Regional Dance Center of Western Finland in Turku.

Stretch 2019 is an initiative of Keðja – a meeting platform for the professional Nordic–Baltic dance community since 2008. Stretch Turku 2019 will be the 10th Encounter. Encounters are open to all dance professionals and students of the contemporary dance sector and offer opportunities for the participants to meet and exchange experiences and ideas, expand their networks and take part in debates and workshops.