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NATIONAL DANCE PLATFORMS – supermarkets or meeting points?

International round table with representatives of national dance platforms

Since the late 1990s, a number of national contemporary dance platforms emerged across Europe. They represent the meeting points for creators, programmers and curators from around the world, as well as the achievements of contemporary dance at national levels, and address certain relevant pressing issues.

The invited representatives from abroad will be asked a series of questions related to the topics of curation, presentation of the scene, and methods of production and organizing. What is the role of national ministries, national institutions and the state in organizing national dance platforms?

How are the platforms curated, who do the curators get the mandate from? What can national platforms represent in 2021, beyond a supermarket where international programmers become potential customers? How is it possible to present the entire spectrum of dance works on the platform, and with it, the actual nature of dance creation?

We will ask these and related questions to platform representatives, expecting as many different answers as possible about the various models and options.

Participants: Stéphane Noël, Reso – Dance Network Switzerland (CH), Stephan Antoniev Shtereff – Nomad Dance Academy Bulgaria and Bulgarian Dance Platform (BG), Ricardo Carmona, Hebbel am Ufer (DE), André Schallenberg, HELLERAU Dresden (DE), Katarina Lindholm – Dance Info Finland (FI), Rui Horta, O Espaço do Tempo and PT.21 (PT), Gintarė Masteikaitė – Lithuanian Dance Information Center, New Baltic Dance Festival, Culture Platform and festival ConTempo (LT) • Invited commentators: Mojca Jug – Mladi levi festival (SI), Benjamin Perchet – Carlow Arts Festival (IE)

Moderated by: Mojca Kasjak and Dragana Alfirević

Discussion was held in English.