4th IDOCDE Symposium on Contemporary Dance Education

IDOCDE 2015 © Martin Streit
IDOCDE 2015 © Martin Streit

29 - 31 July, 2016 at ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival

The IDOCDE Symposium series is all about moving, thinking, exploring and sharing our dances!

IDOCDE =  International Documentation of Contemporary Dance Education. It is an initiative to connect and support contemporary dance teachers, researchers and practitioners. As a platform we connect online and offline activities – our yearly symposium welcomes everyone interested in contemporary dance and related fields.

As a practitioners’ place the symposium offers theoretical and practical explorations, workshops, presentations, experiments, lectures and other formats of sharing knowledge - next to joint social activities such as our campfire, dinner & drinks, kitchen table discussion and more!

In its 4th year, IDOCDE.net counts more than 1000 international members!
Join us in 2016, online and offline at the symposium with the following theme:

The Importance of Being [Un]Necessary

Tapping into the body’s potential for relationship, subversion and emergence.
What parts of your dance practice are relevant in the context of today?

Many activities of those who practice dancing, dance making and dance teaching, have shown an immense potential for encouraging different types of personal, creative and relational developments. Particularly autonomous, subversive, intelligent and compassionate strategies for approaching the challenges set forth by living in a global contemporary society.
What if we regard the attention that we, as dance practitioners, give to the subtle, detailed, discrete and relational, as politically relevant? How does this focus influence the attention invested into dance practice, specifically teaching, and what are the forms we choose for this?

The Importance of Being [Un]Necessary discusses what other aspects of our daily repertory we can recognize 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?

Parallel to questions pointed „inwards“, we also want to look at the mechanics of dance practice in relation to our realities and environment. These include market economy, survival, achievement, perspective, values and politics -  influencing the choices we make. Are you, for example, arguing your art / teaching “for art’s sake” or is there a purpose in your work that reaches outside dance? How do you deal with the increasing need to justify contemporary dance and its education by other (outside) standards?

The Importance of Being [Un]Necessary is about coming together and making visible, as a common base, what is already there; it provokes to recognize what we agree on and share as much as to what is excluded and where we differ from each other.
It is an invitation to study, reflect, and discuss together the development of strategies - all for better attending, pursuing and communicating.
It is about valorizing the sensible, sensitive, fragile and soft - the ephemeral - in a world which is predominantly concerned with something else.


Visit us on idocde.net or facebook for regularly updated information & more!

Symposium Registration

To attend the symposium please register with the ImPulsTanz Workshop Office: workshopoffice@impulstanz.com starting from 02 May!

Registration fee:
Early bird till 01 June: Eligible IDOCDE teachers €35 / non-IDOCDE teachers* €120
After 01 June: Eligible IDOCDE teachers €50 / non-IDOCDE teachers* €150
Study Groups for dance students (=min. of 4 students): €35 per student

*Teachers in the field of contemporary dance can sign up to become an IDOCDE member, fulfill the criteria of eligibility and thus benefit from the reduced price of the symposium.

Important: You have to be eligible on the IDOCDE website before picking up your Symposium Pass at the festival, if you wish to pay the reduced price for "eligible IDOCDE teachers". (This applies to the early bird registration as well.)  For details on HOW TO BE ELIGIBLE please follow this link.

For technical issues /eligibility on idocde.net, please contact defne.erdur@idocde.net

Volunteers can benefit from either free participation OR reduced participation fee of 35 euro in exchange of working in and around IDOCDE and the Symposium.

Possible work exchange options are as follows:                 
Facilitator: Assisting lecturers/teachers during the Symposium Sessions
Documentor: Creating documents during the Symposium as a contribution to idocde.net
SYMPOSIUM Intern: Assisting the Symposium Coordinator
(however IDOCDE is open for further suggestions)

If interested please contact olivia.schellander@idocde.net

The IDOCDE symposium 2016 also proudly hosts the EU project REFLEX EUROPE!
REFLEX researches and uses documentation as a tool for reflection in order to improve the teaching and to increase the impact on the learners in contemporary dance. All REFLEX Europe events at the symposium are free for all!
More info on REFLEX  

Our REFLEX Partner Organisations:
Wiener Tanzwochen (AT), K3 - Zentrum für Choreographie | Tanzplan Hamburg, (DE), Tanzlabor 21, Frankfurt (DE), SíN Arts Centre Budapest (HU), North Karelia College Outokumpu (FI), Le Pacifique | CDC Grenoble (FR), ICKAmsterdam (NL), Elim Sende Istanbul (TR).

We all look forward to welcome you at the Symposium!

Your IDOCDE and REFLEX project team:
Defne Erdur, Eszter Gál, Pavle Heidler, Kerstin Kussmaul, Olivia Schellander, Martin Streit



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Sneak previews of our current performances or sweet memories of our workshops and past festival events can be watched HERE.

© Maja Preckel


Fashionable goodies of the last festivals are available HERE

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