EXCHANGING BEST PRACTICE IN DANCE FOR YOUTH
Over two years, five different organisations from different countries within Europe will collaborate to share, learn, and explore best practices in working in dance with diverse groups of young people. In a constant exchange, the partners will generate new methodologies, learn innovative techniques and develop fresh approaches which will be shared with dance artists in each partner country and will be reflected and developed further with groups of young people.
conchances is a partnership between Fokus Tanz, München (DE), Curious Seed, Edinburgh (UK), Les Schini’s, Bordeaux (FR), ArtMan/AppArt, Budapest (HU) and De Dansers/contweedancecollective, Utrecht (NL), each organisation bringing distinct expertise and experience in developing dance work with, and for, young people. The aim of the project is to sustainably strengthen the potential of these young people, build confidence and inspire individual and collective creativity. The project aims to promote education, understanding and networking between the partner organisations within the context of an Erasmus+ funded project.
THE PARTNER ORGANISATIONS
Award-winning performance company, Curious Seed, was formed in 2005 by Scottish choreographer, Christine Devaney. Based in Edinburgh, they produce and present compelling dance theatre work that questions the world we live in; work which touches and moves people, unlocking new ways of experiencing and feeling something different about the world.
Curious Seed collaborates with exceptional artists – musicians, actors, dancers, designers and video makers – to create emotionally charged performances and participatory projects that reach across ages and art forms, and to bring something unique to the dance landscape of Scotland. Their work has been presented across the globe from Milan to Macao, New Zealand to Norway; appearing at prestigious international festivals and venues from Sadler's Wells to Sydney Opera House.
LES SCHINI'S is a contemporary dance company strongly influenced by gestural theatre, founded byél Modie Cecchini and Gaëtan Boschini, both dancers and choreographers.
Based in Bordeaux in the New Aquitaine region, their work is situated between the creation of live shows, audiovisual and the transmission of their teaching methods. With their past experiences as performers and the artistic and human network that Mélodie and Gaëtan have built up, the company creates and responds to regional as well as European projects: They organise dance workshops and courses with artists from all over Europe to participate in the development and consolidation of the movement arts community in Nouvelle-Aquitaine and have been invited to teach in various training centres all over Europe.
ArtMan Society for the Arts and Movement Therapy provides administrative background for the previously existing Tánceánia Mixed Dance Company and furthers initiatives in education and therapy for other groups with special needs. Its art programme focuses on integrating concepts and practises of movement studies (somatic approaches, CI and therapeutic methods) and the expressive arts for people with special needs and offers a creative environment, where experience can be shared and mutual learning can happen in an equal partnership of participants of all abilities.
APPART / ARTMAN
MáSzínház / Appartement is an inclusive performative arts community working for, and together with, vulnerable groups, primarily with people living with intellectual disabilities. They use drama and theatre in education as a tool to help them develop their social skills and live their freedom of expression. Moreover, they create and perform inclusive theatre shows, together with their members and invite professionald to make their talent visible and to promote the idea of inclusive creation.
The contweedancecollective, founded in 2016, is an interdisciplinary collective with a focus on contemporary dance. The founders Johanna Knefelkamp-Storath & Laura Saumweber have been working on collaborative projects in Germany, Spain and the Netherlands since 2013. Together, they are establishing their own local and international productions, events and dance mediation projects. The collective unites interdisciplinary methods and structures of dance, theatre and music under the common vision "connecting people through dance". These are used to open a space for interpersonal, socially critical and reflective experiences for the audience and project participants. Local and international artists are regularly invited to collaborate for specific works.
The Stichting De Dansers is a Utrecht-based company of dancers and musicians, led by choreographer/dancer Josephine van Rheenen and composer/musician Guy Corneille. They create "dance concerts" – organic meetings of modern dance and live music. De Dansers wants to inspire physicality and a personal connection, especially in a society in which we increasingly interact on screens. They particularly believe in the value of dance at a young age, when your body is full of movement, asks for running, jumping, touching. Moreover, they are experts in the first encounter with dance and create works for adults and children / families, for whom they play in different spaces – from (pop) festivals with national coverageand theatres, to school performances in theatres and gyms. De Dansers work with partners in Utrecht in custom-made outreach projects to help build the dance audience of the future.
FOKUS TANZ / TANZ UND SCHULE E.V.
FOKUS TANZ / Tanz und Schule e.V.is a non-profit association that has been providing access to artistic practice for children and young people through professional dance practitioners in schools and other contexts since 2006. In recent years, it has expanded this expertise through explore dance – dance productions for young audience – and by hosting the international festival Think Big! Another main focus lies on dance education and qualification, as part of the initiative ACCESS TO DANCE – Tanzplan München, which contributes to the promotion and strengthening of contemporary dance in Munich in Bavaria. FOKUS TANZ offers a constant and wide range of further education and training courses for dancers, dance mediators and dance teachers and realises participatory art projects in collaboration with museums, orchestras and theatres.
The project "conchances" is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.