ZAWP Magazine #1 Pag.12

Después de nuestra experiencia en Cardiff con Dance Roads Process (DROP), hemos conversado con nuestra amiga y colaboradora Carole Blade para contaros muy pero que muy bien qué es Dance Roads, qué es DROP y por qué os puede interesar.
// After our experience with Dance Roads Process (DROP) in Cardiff, we talked to our friend and collaborator Carole Blade to tell you what is Dance Roads, what is DROP and why you may be interested.

Dance Roads, Dance Networks

Dance Roads is a European Network, working in partnership with Montreal based organisation Tangente, dedicated to supporting innovative choreographers and providing them with an opportunity to emerge onto the international stage. It aims to give selected artists from each partner country a wide platform to showcase their work, and create and foster productive working relationships with artists and organisations from different countries.

The network currently hosts a biennial touring festival, jointly coordinated by each partner, which supports the transnational mobility of high quality contemporary dance works from choreographers in the early career stages. It presents short small-scale works, providing audiences with opportunities to view 5 choreographers’ work from different nations within one programme. The network partners each host between two to four performances and a variety of workshops for the wider dance community, including pre and post show talks, professional development sessions, school performances and workshops, insight and networking events.

In 2014 the network celebrates its 25th anniversary and with the support of a EU Culture Programme grant will deliver a new two-year programme entitled Dance Roads Open Process (DROP).

Dance Roads Partners: Chapter & COREO CYMRU – UK

Chapter is one of Europe’s largest and most dynamic arts centres with cinemas, theatres, exhibition spaces, studios, café, award-winning bar and over 60 cultural workspaces. Chapter has an International reputation for excellence, innovation and collaboration, offering an ever-changing programme of the best performance, films and exhibitions from Wales and from around the world. Chapter is the flagship for the contemporary arts in Wales and is one of the largest complexes of its kind in Europe.

Coreo Cymru, (creative producer for dance in Wales) is a new initiative set up to encourage andmanage the creation and production of new dance activity, and to support the development of Wales based artists and companies. The programme; initiated and supported by the Arts Council of Wales, launched in January 2012, is being developed in partnership with Creative Producer Carole Blade and Cardiff based arts centre Chapter. It embraces partnerships with Wales based organisations along with international partnerships and co-producers.
The increased investment to the dance portfolio for the creative producer initiative is enabling Wales to consolidate its support for dance artists and companies, and broaden its reach and networks. The partnership is exploring new artistic collaborations, multimedia platforms and international links.

Dance Roads Open Process

Through DROP the network aims to broaden its range of activity and strengthen its support of artists by deepening the methodology in the production of cultural works and give greater focus to inter-cultural dialogue and exchange between artists, presenters, countries and cultures. It aims to examine the practical processes of creating and presenting work and share the results through public performances, networking platforms, workshops and research projects.

The project started in July with the circulation of surveys to over 300 dance organisations and venues across Europe to identify cross-border networks supporting choreographic development. The data collected will provide an overview of each participating network, their activity brief, scale and partners’ information and form an Interactive digital zapping.

Here’s a link to a documentary film created by ZAWP´s friends Matt Wright and Janire Nájera during the DROP meeting.

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