Imaginary Relationships: first EDN conference in Vienna

The European Dancehouse Network will celebrate its first conference in Vienna from 24 to 25 April 2015 under the title (Un)Conference: Imaginary Relationships. The conference coincides with the celebration of the network General Assembly (23 April) and the festival FEEDBACK – an excerpt from the current dance and performance scene in Austria in the view of Tanquartier Wien (22-15 April).

(Un)conference: Imaginary Relationships

(Un)conference on the question of sustainability in relation to artistic production between autonomy and participation

Against the background of various social transformation processes between autonomy and participation, between self-organisation and efforts at good governance, between neoliberal promises and uncertainties in relation to current social contracts and compatibilities, their spaces and thereby possible areas of action and alliances, we would like to offer a space for discussion about social and economic realities as well as existing and imaginary sustainabilities around models and networks of performers/dancers and their co-players.

Whose commons?
Sustainability in relation to the notion of belonging

The FIRST DAY we’d like to use to start define the notion of social and economic sustainability for the context/environment of performance/dance, thereby posing the question of societal relevance, thus putting it in a broader perspective. Questions of acceptance, direct democracy, participation, (self-)empowerment, self-organisation only form part of a spectrum of perspectives towards sustainability in relation to the question of belonging.

Socio-political Imaginaries.
Examples and model-lie drafts for sustainability

The SECOND DAY we will start with keynotes as real “best practise” and fictive/utopian outlines of sustainability that have model-like character and to see, what we can learn from them to define in a hands-on mode different outlooks for our diverse practises and environments (social, economic, ecological) and their interconnectedness. Thereby we’d like to keep in mind the reality-generating potentially of the fictive/utopian, but also non-linearity, the decentral and the impossibility of universalisms.

With Jacob Bilabel, Andreas Hartenthaler-Dallinger, Kerstin Evert, Roberto Fratini Serafide, Adrienne Goehler, Alexander Gottfarb, Janez Janša, Elke Krasny, Janek Müller, Eddie Nixon, Rocío Rivera Marchevsky…

Organized by Tanzquartier Wien and EDN in cooperation with Dachverband Tanz Deutschland.

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Calendar of activities:

– 22 April 2015

Evening: opening FEEDBACK – an excerpt from the current dance and performance scene in Austria in the view of Tanquartier Wien (22-25 April 2015). Click here to know more about the festival programme.

– 23 April 2015

11-15 h: EDN General Assembly (by invitation only).

Evening: performances in the framework of FEEDBACK.

– 24 April 2015

10-17 h: EDN (Un)conference Imaginary Relationships.

Evening: performances in the framework of FEEDBACK.

– 25 April 2015

10-17 h: EDN (Un)conference Imaginary Relationships.

Evening: performances in the framework of FEEDBACK.

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