European Dancehouse Network together with The Place and Sadler’s Wells present
The pandemic has deeply shaken the realities of dance professionals and has given us both the necessity and the opportunity to explore new relationships with audiences. The Forum builds on the work of ateliers held over the past few years and will draw on that knowledge as well as expanding new ideas that acknowledge the urgent societal shifts that are shaping our world:
How do we connect? Who defines who is invited or excluded? What does the future hold for dance and its audience? What have we learned about our audiences during covid? How can we co-create and build intimacy with our audiences through digital connections?
Join artists, producers, promoters and other dance professionals from all over Europe to share good practice and inspirations around those themes.
Confirmed speakers include (more TBC): Rosemary Lee (choreographer), Tanja Erhart (dance artist and activist), Anne Torregiani (The Audience Agency), Freddie Opoku-Addaie (Dance Umbrella), Jamaal Burkmar (choreographer), Ghislaine Boddington (University of Greenwich), Roberto Casarotto (CSC and Operaestate Festival Veneto), Eva Martinez (performing arts curator, producer, dramaturg and coach) and Robin Jonsson (choreographer).
10.00 – 10.15 INTRODUCTION & WELCOMING WORDS
Introduction of the themes of the atelier and of the programme by Eddie Nixon, Director of The Place, Ankur Bahl, Director of Digital Stage & Studio at Sadler's Wells and Marie Proffit, Co-curator and Producer of the Forum.
10.15 – 10.55 EMPTY THEATRES & DANCE CLASSES ON TIKTOK - WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED ABOUT OUR AUDIENCES DURING COVID?
This opening session will enable us to understand and discuss audiences behaviours during and post-COVID-19. What are the most interesting audience trends we have observed during the pandemics? Are they here to stay? What worked and what didn’t?
Moderator: Caroline Schreiber, Director of Communications The Place (UK)
10.55 - 11.00 Break
11am to 12.30 - PANEL DISCUSSION: FUTURE DIGITAL CONNECTIONS & CO-CREATION
Let’s take a brave look at the future and at how technologies can change the relationships we create with audiences.
What is the opportunity to invite new audiences through digital tools? How can we reach more equity in who’s invited and who’s not? How to build intimacy and co-creation with audiences in digital setup? How to create liveness and collective presence in virtual environments? What do technologies such as VR, telepresence, virtual worlds/gaming, robotics and social media hold for the future of our relation to audiences?
Moderator: Ankur Bahl, Director of Digital Stage & Studio at Sadler's Wells
12.30 – 13.10 Lunch Break
13.10 – 13.20 Get well! Dance class with Hilde Ingeborg Sandvold (Norway/Denmark)
Hilde Ingeborg Sandvold is a Norwegian dance artist based in Denmark. She will lead a well deserved movement based session to our conference attendees. No prior dancing skills required!
13.20 – 14.00 ACCESS IS LOVE by Tanja Erhart
Tanja Erhart is a self identified dis_abled cultural scientist, contemporary dancer from Austria based in London. Tanja will share a presentation on accessibility and care followed by a conversation with Eva Martinez, Performing arts curator, producer, dramaturg and coach.
14.00 – 15.30 PANEL DISCUSSION: WHO’S INVITED?
This panel questions the power structure that underpin the relations of dance institutions to their audiences.
Who decides who ‘our audience’ is? How can we be both place-based and global? Who are our communities and how are they invited to our work? How do we include those individuals at the edge of or excluded from the communities we target? How can our audiences be co-curators?
Moderator: Eva Martinez, Performing arts curator, producer, dramaturg and coach
15.30 - 15.45 Break
15.45 – 16.15 REFLECTIONS
We invite Rosemary Lee to share her reflections on the day. Rosemary is a choreographer film maker and performer. She will reflect on the key themes that she has noticed through the day and also draw/touch on her own consideration of audience and her evolving relationship with them. Over the past thirty years, she has created works ranging from live performances that are predominantly site specific and often involve intergenerational casts of non professional and professional dancers, to dance films and installations.
What is the take away from the day? Annette Van Zwoll, an independent dance dramaturge, curator, text writer from Netherlands shares the ‘live summary’ of the conference.
16.15 - 16.30 CONCLUSIONS AND FINAL WORDS
Final words by European Dancehouse Network
You are invite to attend all or some of the programme according to your interest and availability.
All events will happen on Zoom and you will be sent the link closer to the date.
Participation is FREE of charge and open to all but booking is essential.
British sign language interpretation provided all day.
deadline 10 October 2021
Photo: Requardt & Rosenberg: Future Cargo, photo credit: Stuart Martin
Forum “Are you here? Dance and its audience” is co-organized by European Dancehouse Network, The Place and Saddler’s Wells. European Dancehouse Network is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.