Atelier “Authenticity of expression in the local context – post-soviet body” in Prague

6 – 9 APRIL 2018

The aim of this Atelier is to encourage a deeper knowledge of very diverse contemporary dance scenes in Central Europe and closed post-soviet countries, the similarities and differences between them and their potential for international collaboration.

We wish to open doors for better cooperation with and between CEE (Central and Eastern Europe). As mapping and common understanding are long-term processes, we will start in Prague with a picture of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Poland, as well as Ukraine, Belarus and Russia, to create space for follow-up in future in the Baltics and Balkans.

The Atelier is taking place in the framework of the Czech Dance Platform.

You can read the report of the atelier and watch the video.

Tanec Praha and European Dancehouse Network (EDN).

Artistic directors, CEE key local players, NGO leaders, artists, producers, journalists, academics.

Registration form to the Atelier:
Fee: 20€/person meals and refreshment included (charged in cash on 8th of April).
Deadline: 21st March 2018.

The Atelier is taking place in the framework of the Czech Dance Platform.
Platform programme:
Registration to the platform:

Download the draft pdf programme here.

Friday 6th April
Arrivals and afternoon performances in the framework of the Czech Dance Platform.

Saturday 7th April
In connection with Czech Dance Platform.

– Artists’ trips.
Walks through the city led by local artists to delve deeper into the local context with some short performances.
Open to all participants of the platform and ATelier (focus on “space for dance” in Czech Republic” and “Meet the Artists”.
– Performances. In various venues.
– Gala-closing of the Czech Dance Platform.
Performance of 2017 Dance Piece of the Year SWISH by Tereza Hradilkova.
At PONEC-dance venue.

Sunday 8th April
Atelier Programme.
Moderated by Betsy Gregory and Guy Cools.

11:00 – 13:30h. Introduction and participative workshops with artists and experts.
15:00 – 19:00h. Panel discussions. Focused on Central Europe (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Poland) and closed post-soviet countries (Ukraine, Belarus and Russia).
With Jadwiga Majewska (Poland), Maja Hriešik (Slovakia), Orsolya Balint (Hungary), Nina Vangeli (Czech Republic), Alexandra Konnikova (Russia), Albert Albert (Russia), Ekaterina Ganushina (Russia), Anton Ovchinnikov (Ukraine) and Olga Labovkina (Belarus). Conclusions.
21:00h. Performance. Process by Dora Hoštová. At PONEC – dance venue.

Monday 9th April
Atelier Programme.

– Advocating for dance in the Czech Republic.
Meeting of several EDN representatives with local politicians (City of Prague, Ministry of Culture, regional authorities, embassies and cultural centres).
Best examples, best practices, role of dancehouses in changing times, community work, etc.
– How do you position dance as a politician?!
Urban context where dance has visibility, role of dancehouses, examples of good municipalities, etc.