Keðja presents Stretch Gothenburg as an online event in August – register now!
Dance network Keðja’s partners have put together a two-day programme full of keynotes, presentations, conversations, webinars and dance parties taking place on 20-21 of August online. The programme is free for dance professionals from all over the world.
STRETCH c / o EDITION will replace the Gothenburg event scheduled for August, bringing together dance professionals remotely. The registration for the online Stretch is now open HERE. Dance Info Finland is part of the programme with a keynote “Building blocks for the future? Working internationally in the age of ecological (& pandemic) crisis” by Ben Twist, director of Carbon Creative Scotland. In 2020 the encounter is organised by the Cultural Development Administration Region Västra Götaland.
Stretch 2020 is an international online encounter for dancers, choreographers, presenters, producers, marketers, institutions, organisations, developers, residencies, project managers and policymakers. The encounter continues the activities of the Nordic-Baltic dance network keđja established in 2008.
Please note that the times given in the programme are in Central European Summer Time (CEST).
1-19 August | c/o The Work Room, Scotland: STRE-TCHing the conversation
A delegation of independent dance artists from The Work Room in Scotland will be initiating conversations with other practitioners from across the Keðja network to share their experiences during the pandemic and hopes for re-activating dance as we re-emerge. Read more >
15-19 of August | c/o Estonian Dance Art and Dance Education Union, Contemporary Dance Association in Lithuania, Latvian Dance Information Center
Workshops from by Agnese Bordjukova and Kristīne Brīniņa from Latvia, Inga Kuznecova from Lithuania and Olmeulmad – Raho Aadla, Maarja Tõnisson, Arolin Raudva and Age Linkmann from Estonia. The event is organized in collaboration with NGO Oma Stuudio and Massia Creative Center. Read more >
20th of August
9.00 || c/o The Work Room, Scotland: DAILY DANCING
Since the beginning of lockdown in Scotland on the 23 March, Emma Jayne Park (Cultured Mongrel) has brought together people on Zoom for a 10-minute daily dance to start the day.
10-10.15 | Opening of STRETCH c/o EDITION
10:15-10:45 | HEY, HEY, WE ARE THE MONKEES, keynote by Efva Lilja
What does the current political development in Europe do to the art of dance? When conservative and nationalistic politics question contemporary art, we easily get lost in populist ideas on the common good and “usefulness”. What do we have to do to avoid performing puppetry, turn into monkeys, or getting stuck in despair? Efva Lilja is an artist working with the choreography in the form of dance, imagery, film and writing. Her award-winning works have been presented in more than 35 countries. Lilja is also a popular lecturer and has published 11 books. www.efvalilja.se.
10.45-11.05 | Q&A with Efva Lilja
11.15-11.40 | FINDING SISTERHOOD, keynote by Rani Nair and Nasim Aghili
Dancer, Choreographer Rani Nair and Director, Writer and Performer Nasim Aghili will talk about two of their projects in the queer feminist art collective Ful and their work with the audience/participants. Finding Sisterhood is a decolonizing and queer mapping of contemporary dance and performance arts. The project wants to create a space, a platform, and a practice that presents, makes and creates a further language for artistic practitioners who, instead of discussing whiteness and cis and hetero norms are in dialogue with their own communities working with queer expressions, decolonizing or re-indigenizing.
11.40-12.00 | Q&A with Rani Nair and Nasim Aghili
12:10-12:30 c/o The Work Room, Scotland: STRE-TCHing the conversation
A delegation of independent dance artists from The Work Room in Scotland attended Stretch Turku 2019. During July and August, they are initiating conversations with practitioners that they met there from across the Kedja network to share their experiences during the pandemic and hopes for re-activating dance as we re-emerge. This session/s will include short presentations from the artists, reflecting on these digital conversations and re-imaging a sustainable future for dance.
12.30-13.15 | BREAK
13.15-13.40 STRE-TCHing the conversation: Continuation
13.45-14.15 c/o Estonian Dance Art and Dance Education Union, Contemporary Dance Association in Lithuania, Latvian Dance Information Center: Common Experiences as the Cornerstones of Community
21 of August
09.00 | c/o The Work Room, Scotland: DAILY DANCING
TBA | Introduction to Keðja talks: The New Normal
At the start of this year, we could not have predicted what was to come. The pandemic has had an effect on every aspect of our lives including culture and art. What has it meant and how have we as a field adapted? At the same time, we feel the urgency of the climate crisis. If the pandemic has shown us something it is that we as a society can make big changes in a short amount of time, a new normal.
10.00-10.45 | c/o Dance Info Finland: Building blocks for the future? Working internationally in the age of ecological (& pandemic) crisis
The ecological crisis made us imagine a new normal for working internationally in the arts, the pandemic crisis forced us to adapt to it. Our dance community has been plunged into new (virtual) ways of working, meeting and connecting when international mobility is at a standstill. Is this what the ecologically sustainable future holds for our international collaborations – and do we like it? In this talk, we ask: are there some practices coming out of this performing arts crisis that we want to take with us to the future of working internationally? Introduction by Ben Twist, director of Carbon Creative Scotland, and one of the keynote speakers from Stretch Turku 2019. He will share his thoughts on what the ongoing ” deglobalization” means for artists and what the vision for the future should be. This talk hosted by Katarina Lindholm from Dance Info Finland will feed into the sustainability work of kedja.
11.00-11.45 | c/o Dansearena Nord, Norway: From a regional (arctic?) point of view
The production of artistic work and thematic focus is highly connected to who the artists are and the circumstances affecting their lives. In this session, Sami Choreographer Elle Sofe Sara will introduce and share her reflections on being an indigenous person, a parent, an artist, and a person who lives far away from most of the conveniences of urban city life.
11.45-12.30 | BREAK
12.30-13.15 c/o Regional Dance Centre of Western Finland: What happens to the audience?
How to create a presence at art-based services during emergency conditions. In this session, we ask these questions: What happens in society during a social crisis? What kind of values will increase? What does the audience need and expect to receive? How to ensure flexibility and resilience in the future? Come and hear the introduction and examples of how work at the dance field has changed during the spring from this point of view.
13.30-14.15 | c/o Dansearena Nord, Norway: Connecting to the local – how to work sustainable in a local context?
How can dance become an important part of a community and how can a choreographer use the local environment and infrastructure as an inspiration for new ideas to artistic work? Introduction by Maria K. Landmark who is the only professional choreographer working in Alta, Northern Norway.
18.00 | c/o Dansverkstæðið, Iceland: Closing party! Teenage Dance Party
The performance Listening Party by Icelandic choreographer Ásrún Magnúsdóttir will be streamed live. Everyone is encouraged to join in the dance!
18.45 | c/o Stretch Gothenburg, Sweden: Bye Bye from Stretch Gothenburg