The artists’ working conditions has been one of the topics of the EDN interest and, therefore, addressed by two activities organised by network members.
The first one was organized on 11 and 12 December 2015 by Dance Ireland Dublin with the title Who am I? An exploration of how artistic identity is maintained in a nomadic life. During two days, the Atelier focused on the professional dance practitioner informing by questions around identity, mobility and migration. The aim was to explore, from different perspectives, how the identity of the artists is constructed and maintained in a climate where mobility is necessary for the creative process and the professional practice.
The second Atelier took place from 31 March to 2 April 2017. Working Together Transnationally. Structures, Conditions and Artistic Practices was organized by K3 Hamburg discussed and practiced different models of solidarity within and between production structures and artists, investigated possible media of collaboration and explored choreographic forms of collaboration.
We offer you a summary list of the contents and outcomes of two Ateliers.
Contents of the Atelier
A Spectrum of Thoughts, by Quim Bigas
The Catalan artist Quim Bigas was one of the participants of the Atelier. He offers his personal overview on the contents: “Can we stop talking about “my own work” and start talking from a bigger perspective that goes beyond defending one’s own position?”.
Borders, Residencies, and the Migratory Bodies of Dance, by Prof. Gerry Kearns
Remarks from one of the panels by Gerry Kearns, from the Department of Geography of the University of Maynooth: “The panel for which I prepared these remarks came at the close of the meeting and I was responding to the discussions over the previous two days and to a specific request that I consider the idea of borders, crossing-borders, in-between spaces, and the notion of residency in this migratory context”.
A reflection, by Maria Koliopoulou
The Greek artist Maria Koliopoulou was one of the participants of the Atelier. She offers her personal overview: “To who I am as a female, performer, choreographer with immigrant roots living and working in Athens, an appeal of a “transnational” migrant knowledge of the world is most urgently needed now than never”.
Keynote by Guy Cools
Dr. Guy Cools is a dramaturge, dance critic, and curator. His latest book is In-between Dance Cultures: on the migratory artistic identity of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Akram Khan (Valiz 2015).
Keynote by Jennifer Roche
Dr. Jennifer Roche is Lecturer in Dance at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. Her latest work is Multiplicity, Embodiment and the Contemporary Dancer; Moving Identities (Palgrave Macmillan 2015).
Lecture Demo by Meagan O’Shea
Meagan O’Shea is a contemporary dance-theatre artist creating, performing, teaching and facilitating creative work across Canada and internationally.
With the participation of Meagan O’Shea, Fearghus Ó Conchúir, Philip Connaughton (artists) and Dr. Karen Till (Department of Geography, NUI Maynooth, Ireland). Moderated by Mary Brady (curator, writer, researcher and arts consultant).
With the participation of Prof. Gerry Kearns (Department of Geography, NUI Maynooth, Ireland) and Alexandra Waierstall and Maria Nilsson Waller (artists). Moderated by Mary Brady.
Contents of the Atelier
By Feargus Ó Conhúir (Independent choreographer and dance artist that acted as facilitator for the Atelier), Kerstin Evert (director of K3 Hamburg), Rudi Laermans (sociologist and co-curator of the Atelier) and Solveigh Patett (dramaturge and project coordinator at K3 Hamburg).
Improving Artistic Conditions, by Janina Benduski
Janina Benduski is chairwoman of the German Association of Independent Performing Arts. She opened with a lecture about minimum fees for artists in Germany: “One way to attempt to compare differences and working realities in Europe is to take a closer look at project budgets in different European countries. And what do we see? Precarious working conditions on all sides, massive inequality between partners and countries all artfully listed in columns and rows”.
Moving Mountains in Three Days, by Irmela Kästner
Irmela Kästner is independent author, journalist and sporadic curator in the dance field. He participated as observer at the invitation of K3 and took a look at a highly complex conference situation, with the aim of representing the positions and opinions with journalistic integrity, especially in all their inconsistencies.
Article by Tomàs Aragay
Personal insight of one of the participants of the Atelier, the artist Tomàs Aragay: “It became clear that the dialogue, exchange and cooperation occurring between established solid organizations and institutions takes the easy road, rather rigidly, very much in line with the regulations in force and therefore leaving very little margin for deep serious structural changes in the ways of doing things”.