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Some of the numerous projects at ImPulsTanz would not be possible without the valuable networking and collaboration with international partners. ImPulsTanz is happy to present the results of these projects each summer to its audience and fellow artists at the festival.
THE HUMANE BODY – ways of seeing dance
Is a one-year project realised by three of the most influential institutions of contemporary dance in Europe: CND Paris under the artistic direction of Mathilde Monnier, whose performances have been received with huge success at several ImPulsTanz festivals, the renowned multidisciplinary venue Kaaitheater in Brussels and the dedicated The Place, which presents high-quality performances not only in London, but brings them also to rural areas.
The aim of the project is to create an awareness for blind and partially sighted people as a potential audience for contemporary dance. On the one hand in artists, by inspirening and supporting them to take into account a visually impaired audience right from the start of their creation processe, on the other hand in producers and organisers.
The heart of the project, which continues until the end of 2017, is the creation of three performances by Vera Tussing (London/Brussels), Volmir Cordeiro (Paris) and Anne Juren (Vienna).
The choreographer’s approaches are very divers, what they have in common though, is the fact that blind and partially sighted people are invited to accompany the process as experts right from the start of the creation and the intention to facilitate an equal performance experience to visually impaired and seeing audiences alike.
While Volmir Cordeiro includes an introductory touch tour as well as audio describtion as an artistic means in his piece L’œil la bouche et le reste, Vera Tussing conveys her choreography in The Palm of Your Hand #2 by a most of all tactile handling of the audience by the performers, by "moving yourself" and "being moved". In Anne Juren’s Blind Spot again, the audience, guided mainly by voice and sound, is taken onto a meditative choreography through their own bodies. All the three performances will be presented at ImPUlsTanz 2017.
In addition to coproducing the three performances each project partner offers topic related workshops as well as to blind and visually impaired people, as to artists and audio describers. Panel discussions, a closing symposium at ImPulsTanz 2017 and a publication on the project top off the special focus.
REFLEX Europe researches and uses documenting as a tool for reflection in order to improve the teaching and to increase the impact on the learners in contemporary dance. It is a partnership of 8 European organisation working in the field of contemporary dance and its education.
At the core of REFLEX Europe is the Research Group consisting of 11 dance teachers and experts in dance video and dance writing. Over the course of three years (September 2015 until August 2018) the Research Group will develop the REFLEX Tool & Guide in a series of Research Modules.
The summerly IDOCDE symposium which is held each year at ImPulsTanz Vienna International Dance Festival complements the research of REFLEX Europe. Next to its function as peer to peer platform for exchange among dance artists and teachers the symposium relates the project progress to the interested audience and with its help and feedback will further develop the REFLEX Tool & Guide.
In the last project year, outreach workshops and a final master class will disseminate project results.
Teachers who are interested in working in detail with the REFLEX Tool & Guide after attending a workshop in their country are invited to a master class at the Symposium. They will receive a certification which qualifies them to teach the REFLEX Tool & Guide workshop themselves and beyond project duration.
REFLEX Europe is funded by the European Union and collaborates closely with the online network for contemporary dance and teaching, IDOCDE (international documentation of contemporary dance education, www.idocde.net) for publication of the REFLEX Tool & Guide, for networking and feedback.
Research Group: Bertha Bermúdez (FR), Defne Erdur (TR), Eszter Gál (HU), Sabina Holzer (AT), Andrea Keiz (DE), Kerstin Kussmaul (AT), Friederike Lampert (DE), Anouk Llaurens (NL), Ulla Mäkinen (FI), Barbara Meneses (NL) and Martin Streit (DE).
Partner Organisations: Wiener Tanzwochen (AT), k3Zentrum für Choreographie | Tanzplan Hamburg (DE), tanzlabor Frankfurt (DE), SíN Culture Center (Hu), PohjoisKarjalan koulutuskuntayhtymä (FI), Le Pacifique (FR), ICKAmsterdam (NL), Elim Sende (TR).
Your Symposium and REFLEX project team:
Defne Erdur, Eszter Gál, Pavle Heidler, Kerstin Kussmaul, Lieve de Pourcq, Martin Streit