“Without Distance” Educational Platform Antistatic Festival

One theoretical and two practical opportunities for professionals and students in the field of contemporary dance and performance to take part in “Without Distance” Educational Platform Antistatic Festival.Free for participants.

Where: Sofia, Bulgaria

When: 
10–11 May Arnd Wesemann / Writing About Dance
18–21 May Milan Herich / Down By Spiral
15 –17 May Manuel Pelmus / liveness, performativity and movement in dance and exhibition

Deadline for applications: 14th April

10–11 May
WRITING ABOUT DANCE
A seminar with ARND WESEMANN
Journalist and editor of Europe’s leading dance magazine “tanz”, Arnd Wesemann is an expert in dance and dance criticism. He is going to share his views and to create conversations with the participants on performing arts criticism in contemporary context.
Seminar highlights:
– Ways to understand, write and review dance; dual role of dance critics in dance work and review writing;
– Dual role of dance critics in dance work and review writing;
– Purposes and methods of writing dance review;
– Establishment and formation of dance review from historical context.
The seminar is directed towards journalists and critics in the sphere of culture and contemporary arts.

About Arnd Wesemann:
Arnd Wesemann became after his theatre studies, in 1997, an editor of the German-speaking dance magazine “tanz“, published in Berlin. He has published a number of books on politics and aesthetics, including “Immer Feste Tanzen” (“The Dancing Feast”, 2006), a German-language collection of essays on the history of dance and dance as an antidote to work.

18–21 May
DOWN BY SPIRAL
A workshop with MILAN HERICH
Milan Herich leads a very physical and playful technique class that challenges the individual and coordinates the collective group. Through repetition, we will build the skills and awareness to move with speed and efficiency. The aim is to alternate between arches and spirals of the body in all directions possibly imagined. The class will start with exercises in which we will work on using the range of the body to discover different movement possibilities, developing into sequences based on the exercises. A full body warm up will begin on the floor and continue through sitting and squatting material. We will then continue by walking, running and spiraling, as well as phrases that focus on moving you across, around and in and out of the floor. The workshop is addressing professional dancers and choreographers.

About Milan Herich
Born in Slovakia, Milan graduated at the Banska Bystrica Dance Conservatory. Later in 2002, he continued his dance training at the renowned school P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels under the direction of Anna Teresa de Keersmaeker. He worked with different choreographers and companies like Ultima Vez / Wim Vandekeybus and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. Over 19 years already, he has been in continuous collaboration with David Zambrano as an assistant in classes and workshops and as an interpreter in some of his works. Milan created together with David Zambrano “A Solo for Mr.Folk” which they present successfully in Europe and Latin America. Milan Herich is co-founder of “Les SlovaKs” Dance Collective for which he creates works. Since 2013, he has also collaborated with the choreographer Anton Lachky and for many years he has been coaching and choreographing in works of renowned circus company “Rasposo”. In 2018, Milan directed and choreographed a full evening performance together with Petr Forman “Turn over a New Leaf” for the circus school ESAC in Brussels.

15 –17 May
LIVENESS/PERFOMATIVITY/MOVEMENT IN DANCE AND EXHIBITION CONTEXT
A workshop with Manuel Pelmus
The workshop revolves around questions of liveness, performativity and movement in a dance and exhibition context. It aims to address, both practically and theoretically, the current international debate on how the recent “performance turn” of dance and choreography in the arts is invested in contesting late modernist formulations and structures, and how it reevaluates discourses of institutional critique, queer theory, postcolonial theory and relates them to collective memory and writing of history. We will do practical work involving the body and we will relate it to the interests and practices of the participants. Other topics of concern for the workshop are connected to how live works in the public space and the exhibition space hold a potential for different regimes of attention, for reconfiguring the public sphere as a more communal and collective experience, and the relationship of live presence to technology and the digital. The workshop is addressing professional performance artists, dancers and choreographers.

About Manuel Pelmuş:
Manuel Pelmuş is a choreographer and artist who lives and works between Oslo and Bucharest. His work has been presented in numerous gallery and museum exhibitions. He has recently had a solo exhibition at Para Site, Hong Kong (2018), and his projects have been shown at Tate Modern Museum, Museum Ludwig Köln, Cologne (2016); Off-Biennale Budapest (2015 and 2017); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2014); Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw (2014) and the Romanian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2013), amongst others. In 2012, he was awarded the Berlin Art Prize for performance arts and the prize for excellence from the National Dance Center of Bucharest in 2014.

How to apply: 
You can apply only for 1 of the workshops.
Applications from South East Europe are regarded with preference.
The festival covers free entrance at the workshop, accommodation in Sofia and discount tickets for the performances from the festival programme.
To apply for the workshop of interest please send us your CV and short motivational letter.
E-mail: nda.bulgaria@gmail.com

Without Distance Platform is part of the European project Life Long Burning and organized by Brain Store Project and Nomad Dance Academy Bulgaria, as representatives of the Nomad Dance Academy Network, co-funded by the Creative Europe Program of the European Union, ”Culture” Programme of Sofia Municipality and in partnership with the Vera Nedkova House Museum, part of National Gallery, Goethe-Institut Bulgarien and Dance Station. 

For further information, please visit http://antistaticfestival.org/

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