Call for proposals for the 4th IDOCDE Symposium on Contemporary Dance Education

Call for proposals for the 4th IDOCDE Symposium on Contemporary Dance Education that will take place on July 29-31 at ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival. Titled The Importance of Being [Un] Necessary, the symposium is part of the EU program REFLEX EUROPE, which researches and uses documentation as a took for reflection in order to improve the teaching and to increase the impact of the learners in contemporary dance.

The Importance of Being [Un] Necessary will discuss what aspects of our daily repertory can be recognized as valuable and relevant: What kind of knowledge do we practice and attend to? Where and when is knowledge stable or rather ephemeral? And how to make use of our documenting and communicating abilities to enhance this investigation and its potential? It also wants to look at the mechanics of dance practice in relation to our realities and environment including market economy, survival, achievement, perspective, values and politics.

IDOCDE invites contemporary dance practitioners, dance and movement educators, researchers, theoreticians and other practitioners contributing to this field to submit proposals centered on aspects of teaching, researching or practicing dance, in relation to the proposed theme.

Proposals may include:

  • Examples of subversion (on any level, in any kind of interpretation of the word “subversion”)  in teaching and other dance practices
  • Proposals regarding learning / teaching environments and how to situate the people involved there (roles of teaching and learning)
  • How outside frames like teaching schedules, preset formats determine the experience – proposals on how to think outside these boxes (i.e. are classes for professionals meeting the needs of the field?)
  • The practice of attention: how or where to place attention before / while / after the teaching or your dance practice
  • Proposals on the interaction of social and political realities of daily life with the content and form of your practice
  • The expectations / goals in your dance practice or in your teaching and how they interact with your colleagues’ / students’ interest
  • Proposals addressing the economical and political necessities of dance studios / dance providers and their effect on contemporary dance
  • Visionary thinking, i.e. how to think outside market structures, what dance will propose in the future to contemporary societies, looking at how examples in the past were able to achieve this

For detailed information and instructions about how to make a proposals, click here.

Deadline for proposals: Monday, February 15, 2016