MMDD Tilburg Symposium programme

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18-20 October 2020 Hosted by DansBrabant

“No theatre could sanely flourish until there was an umbilical cord between what was happening on the stage and what was happening in the world.” – Kenneth Tynan

Cover picture original: Making Space 2019 • Photography: William van der Voort

“More than ever, there is a need for critical re-inflection that the work of artists today indicates in its social and cultural context; more than ever, the world needs refinement of standpoints, awareness of existing paradoxes and contradictions, a different view of reality. Artists can help us to read the world, to decipher its complexity. One of the means available to them is to use the dramaturgy in all different forms that it can take.” – Marianne Van Kerkhoven “This idea – that the arts should be a radically decentralized, integral part of a community, and in the hands of anyone who wants to get involved – is a central notion in the ecological version of progress. Rather than being tied to show business and the capitalist marketplace, art should be focused on becoming a part of its community, working towards strengthening and improving that community. Rather than trying ‘to make it’ in the mainstream culture industry, or the world of high art, an artist’s goal should be to forge a better, social order by bringing people together to collaborate and cooperate in the creation and production of their own culture.” – Adam Krause


LINK TO JOIN For meeting ID and passcode please check your email!

TIMETABLE Exchange Time

10.00 - 12.00 CET

Discussion Time

15.00 - 17.00 CET

Social Time

20.00 - 21.00 CET

ORGANISERS Heleen Volman Host & Social Time Curator Katalin Trencsényi Event Curator & Exchange Time Curator Yvona Kreuzmannova & Zuzana Bednarčiková Project Coordinator & Discussion Time Curator

PARTICIPANTS ANGHIARI DANCE HUB Gerarda Ventura (artistic director) Alessandra Stanghini (project manager) MARCHE TEATRO Velia Papa (artistic director) Cristina Carlini (project manager) Alessia Ercoli (project manager) BORA BORA Jesper De Neergaard (artistic director) Kasper Egelund (international producer) DANSBRABANT Wim van Stam (managing director) Dirk Verhoeven (head of communications & context) Heleen Volman (international producer) Lisa Reinheimer (artistic coordinator) Leon Caarls (production manager) Lobke Nabuurs (strategic developer - relationships) Karel Tuytschaever (artist) The100H ands - Mojra Vogelnik Ĺ kerlj and Jasper DĹžuki Jelen (artists) Katja Heitmann (artist)

DANCE HOUSE LEMESOS Alexis Vassiliou (artistic director) TANEC PRAHA Yvona Kreuzmannova (artistic director) Zuzana Bednarčiková (project manager) Julia Pecková (PR) SCIENTIFIC TEAM Guy Cools Katalin Trencsényi Maja Hriešik Anne-Marije van den Bersselaar EACEA Ricard Moya

WELCOME FROM THE HOST Dear Colleagues, Almost a year ago we met in Lemesos where Alexis had arranged everything down to the last detail for us to be together. We talked, swam, walked, toasted and ate. We conversed about the choreographers and dramaturgs with whom we would be working, and we would see each other again in the spring in Anghiari and Polverigi. It all turned out differently. Over the past few months, we have all experienced in our own way what Corona does to us, to the relationship we have with ourself and with others and how it affects our life and work. Macro dramaturgy has never been so directly felt in all our forms of micro dramaturgy.

On behalf of DansBrabant I would like to pay tribute and thank everyone for their commitment to this meeting. We look forward to it, Heleen

Original picture: Making Space 2019 • William van der Voort

Anyway, coming together and closeness is for each of us the core of our work. We continue to think about this and find new ways of doing it. How wonderful that in spite of everything we are managing to see each other, meet and share our practices.

For DansBrabant the past few months would have been a turbulent time anyhow, even without Corona. We worked on an even more horizontal organisation in which the choreographers we work with are involved in determining policy. On January 1st Heleen exchanged her artistic leadership at DansBrabant for a collaboration with the company Corpo Máquina (and stayed for the international projects) and Lisa started as the new artistic coordinator. Already in the first months of this year, we submitted our four-year plans to the various governments and moved to our own place, Club Soda, where we organised our 10th International Choreographers’ Week just before the Corona outbreak. We said goodbye to our employees Pien and Annemijn and we welcomed Lobke and Leon. But despite all these changes, DansBrabant is still DansBrabant: an initiative that never misses an opportunity to open up diverse and challenging perspectives in dance together with choreographers. In doing so, we put the artist and their development at the forefront and emphatically move into a cultural field and a world in motion (changing relationship with the audience, new forms of creation and presentation, interdisciplinary works, scarce resources, globalisation, technological development, and medialisation). Always in search of what the moving body has to say to us. Lisa, Dirk, Lobke, Leon, Wim, Heleen

Original picture: Making Space 2019 • Photography: Lucas William van der Voort


TECHNICAL NOTES Each session will have its Zoom link through which you can enter our shared online space. (The link is the same for all the sessions: you can find it in the schedule chart or on p.3 of this programme brochure). ‘Doors will open’ 15 minutes before the event starts. You will be entering a waiting room before the host will let you in. Please, arrive early, so we can sort out any technical problems in time. The events will start on time and end on time. If you are experiencing technical problems that we cannot resolve in the 15 minutes leading up to the start of the event, and you won’t be able to join us for the given slot, please be reassured, through the documentation (recordings and minutes) we will share the event with you afterwards. If you are experiencing any problems, please contact Zuzana: + 420 732 147 438. Documentation All the morning sessions will be recorded, and we will decide together on 20th October (during the discussion slot), how to use them (e.g.: as they are, edit them into a video or commission illustrated notes etc.) and with whom to share them (Partners only, artists, the wider world). The afternoon sessions will be recorded and minuted, and the minutes will be shared with the Partners and the Scientific Team the week after the gathering. This video recording will not be shared. PR & Communication After the event some documentation will appear on the project’s website, and the Exchange documentation will be shared (depending on what we decide about it). No official Facebook or Instagram posts are planned for this event.

Original picture: The100Hands: 25 Feet & Show Me • Photography: William van der Voort


DAY 1 Day, Date & Time

Sunday, 18 October


EXCHANGE TIME 10.00 - 12.00 CET




20.00 - 21.00 CET Cocktail Time with DansBrabant I. Introducing the Host organisation - work sharing [Facilitator: Heleen]



Monday, 19 October

Tuesday, 20 October

Partners & ST

Partners & ST & EACEA representative

10. 00 - 12.00 CET Macro-dramaturgy in pandemic times

10. 00 - 12.00 CET Micro dramaturgy in pandemic times

Recorded event. Description: 15-minute presentations from each Partner organisation about dramaturgical strategies for dance programming during pandemic times. How did we cope and adapt our practices between February and October? What did we discover? What can we learn from each other’s experiences and practices? [Facilitator: Katalin]

Recorded event. Description: The ST members’ 15-minute presentations on their most recent pandemic-related work. [Facilitator: Katalin]



15.00-17.00 CET MMDD project management meeting I.

15.00-17.00 CET MMDD project management meeting II.

Minuted event. Discussing the main questions of the project. See the agenda in the programme brochure. (If necessary, break out into smaller working groups and reconvene at the end.) [Facilitator: Yvona]

Minuted event. Refining the details, drawing up the actions, and a Q&A with the EACEA representative. [Facilitator: Yvona]



20.00 - 21.00 CET Cocktail Time with DansBrabant II.

20.00 - 21.00 CET Cocktail Time with DansBrabant III.

Introducing the Host organisation - work sharing [Facilitator: Heleen]

Introducing the Host organisation - work sharing [Facilitator: Heleen]

PROGRAMME SUNDAY, 18 OCTOBER SOCIAL TIME (20.00- 21.00 CET) Hosted by Heleen Welcome & Introduction by Heleen & Lisa Introducing our new partners: Bora Bora – Yvona, Jesper and Kasper Cocktail toast to the project Presenting State of Dance (17’) by Lisa Reinheimer, followed by a conversation and thoughts sharing on ‘trust’ in our working field. Every year during the Dutch Dance Days in Maastricht, the first week of October, someone from the dance-field is invited to give his or her personal view on how we work and act as a discipline, how we see our future and what to do to be strong and healthy together. Good night and see you tomorrow


Original picture: Making Space 2019 • Photography: William van der Voort

‘Provocation’ and invitation for exchange

PROGRAMME MONDAY, 19 OCTOBER EXCHANGE TIME (10.00 - 12.00 CET): Facilitated by Katalin Welcome & Introduction by Heleen & Katalin Presentations (15 minutes each):

Being There is an annual dance event and exploratory week taking place in Tilburg’s public space. Choreographers and dancers take over the city; streets, squares and parks become their stage and playground. In doing so they ask themselves multiple questions. How do we perceive our surroundings? Is the public space truly ours? How do we interact with each other in this public space? Taking all the measures into account, we made a corona-proof edition. In the end, however, this could not go ahead either. (Technology: video sharing at the beginning and the end of the presentation) Gerarda (Anghiari Dance Hub): The discovery of the identity of being an artist The three months of lockdown caused by Covid-19 global pandemic, in Italy had a very amazing result: an unavoidable discovery that artists “make us have fun” as the Prime Minister said during a speech. Apart from this, all the living performances were closed first, and the Government has allocated very few resources to help the artistic community. On the other hand, quite all the so-called ‘freelancers’ in the field (artists, technicians, etc.) were able to create independent networks to assert their identity and claim their rights. How will this important discovery go on? (Technology: n/a)


Original picture: Making Space 2019 • Photography: William van der Voort

Heleen and Lisa (DansBrabant): ‘Being There’ working in public space in time of Corona

Cristina and Alessia (Marche Teatro, Polverigi): Glass Box (Technology: shared screen) Break (5 minutes) Alexis (Dance House Lemesos): Due to Covid-19 restrictions (Technology: n/a) Yvona (Tanec Praha): All bad for something good State of emergency and freelancers? Tolerance, solidarity, responsibility, compensation, feeling of politicians about the role of artists in the community. The importance of communication, new skills, new experience, new networks, new dialogue, new future. Jesper (Bora Bora): Hacking Dance (Technology: PowerPoint presentation) Discussion (15 minutes)


Original picture: Making Space 2019 • Photography: William van der Voort

(Technology: PowerPoint presentation)

DISCUSSION TIME (15.00-17.00 CET): Facilitated by Yvona Agenda 1. Change of partner 2. EACEA demands 3. Schedule for 2021 4. Questions about the budget 5. Covid protection measurements implemented during the project (and how it affects the budget) 6. Format for hybrid (online/offline) workshops • confirming the date • availabilities (ST, artists) • draft workshop plan from the hosts and the ST • deadline for the final decision about the format (on-site/hybrid) 7. Tilburg atelier (Autumn 2021 tbc.) • setting the date • announcing the workshop leaders 8. New artists’ selection • setting the date for new artists selection on Zoom (new partner and replacing unavailable artists) 9. Any Other Business


Original picture: Making Space 2019 • Photography: William van der Voort

• Italy atelier (21 - 31 March 2021) - WG report

SOCIAL TIME (20.00- 21.00 CET): Hosted by Heleen Introduction by Heleen Presentation, Interview and Q&A with two of the choreographers DansBrabant works with (45 minutes)

Through performances, installations and films, Karel Tuytschaever invites viewers to re-look at the human body and consider the construction of subjectivity, both in the works and in ourselves. Karel graduated in Drama in 2007 at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp under the tutorship of Dora van der Groen. His background in both theatre and dance give Karel a fascination for text and body. The interaction between his creative work as a performer, his teaching and his work as a creative artist is vital to him. In 2015 Karel set up the BARRY platform from a desire to create an environment in which his hybrid work can be supported, produced and distributed. In addition to dance and acting performances, his oeuvre consists of installations, theatre scripts, publications and films. He is constantly seeking new cross-disciplinary forms and relationships. The100Hands - Four Corona proof projects The100Hands is led by Mojra Vogelnik Škerlj and Jasper Džuki Jelen. Working from dance, architecture and psychology, they make physical, interactive performances, in which connection (or lack thereof) is central: connection with yourself, with the other and with the environment. The100Hands is convinced that major issues in the world originate in the relationships between people. The100Hands’ ongoing investigation into interpersonal contact is the basis for performances that take all kinds of forms. For example, 25Feet is about the meaning and effect of proximity, Show Me focuses on looking, showing and being viewed and Matta Matta is a family performance about feeling safe and taking risks. Cocktail toast to the project Dance and Dare - reading of or listening to a text from our workshop Dance&Dare Goodnight


Original picture: The100Hands: Show Me • Photography: William van der Voort

Karel Tuytschaever, author of ‘The Art of Disappearing, about making as creating a space to be’ manifesto


EXCHANGE TIME (10.00 - 12.00 CET): Facilitated by Katalin Welcome & Introduction by Katalin Presentations (15 minutes each): Guy: Performing Mourning, Laments in Contemporary Art (Technology: PowerPoint, which will include both video and audio files) Anne-Marije: Rethinking Storytelling in Art: ‘A Future of Something Else’ (Technology: PowerPoint, video sharing) Maja: Ad hoc dramaturgy (dealing with changes) (Technology: PowerPoint) Katalin: Viral dramaturgies (Technology: PowerPoint, and video files shared from YouTube / Vimeo) Q&A (15 minutes) Conversation & Exchange of Ideas: what have we discovered about micro & macro dramaturgies in pandemic times If necessary, this time can be allocated to project management discussion. Closing thoughts (Katalin)


Original picture: STRANGER by Platform BARRY/Karel Tuytschaevers • Photography: Alwin Poiana


DISCUSSION TIME (15.00-17.00 CET): Facilitated by Yvona Agenda 1. Summary from Monday 2. ST contracts 3. Communication strategy, website 4. Decision about the future use of the recorded material of the Tilburg 2020 gathering 5. Sum-up of questions to EACEA 6. Invitation to Ricard Moya from 16:00 CET - Project Q&A • How can we include a more detailed force major clause in the contracts? • Covid measurement extra costs (test, quarantine, PPE, extra sanitary measures, insurance) • What is the procedure in the budget to change cost titles? • etc. 7. Actions Closing thoughts (Yvona)


Original picture: Making Space 2019 • Photography: William van der Voort


SOCIAL TIME (20.00- 21.00 CET): Hosted by Heleen Introduction by Heleen & Lisa Presentation of the work of one of the choreographers DansBrabant works with, followed by a discussion. Motus Mori is a project of Katja Heitmann (1987, DE) a choreographer DansBrabant has been working with since 2014. Katja Heitmann investigates in her visualchoreographic work what moves mankind in the current era. Her choreographic work consists of extreme aesthetics, in sharp contrast to human fallibility. Her minimalistic and minutely designed imagery confronts viewers with a frantic flood of insights. This distinct, perceptible tension returns in all her work. In September and October 2019 Katja presented Motus Mori as a six-week-long live exhibition about the preservation of human movement in Marres, House for Contemporary Culture in Maastricht. In Corona-quarantine she continued working with her dancers. On October 17th Katja will open her Museum Motus Mori in Tilburg. How it started: 2’ (English voice over for the sharing by Heleen) 5’ 15’ 10’ Cocktail toast to the project Closing thoughts (Heleen)


Original picture: Motus Mori by Katja Heitmann • Photography: Hanneke Wetzer

Motus Mori in Quarantine programme

Micro-Macro Cocktail Bar

MIXING IDEAS WITH DRINKS Open: Sunday - Tuesday 20.00 - 21.00 CET

Drinks Menu Anghiari Dance Hub recommends: Chianti Classico or Sangiovese in purezza We recommend the best wines from the Tuscany region for purists! A Chianti wine is any wine produced in the Chianti region of central Tuscany, a region whose wine-making traditions go back to the early 18th century. The Chianti was historically associated with a squat bottle enclosed in a straw basket, called a fiasco (flask). Sangiovese is another wine made in Tuscany - purezza means it was made from only one type of grape. Bora Bora recommends: a full minibar Vodka, rum, Scotch, gin, and orange juice to mix your own drinks to taste! DansBrabant recommends a mocktail: Fruit Butchers Madame Ginger (the temperament splashes from your glass), Raspberry Laos (the silky raspberry dances her sweet dance in a dress from Laos), Dragon Sour (fresh sour taste explosion), Pear Forest Mint (restores order to your mind) – at DansBrabant we are all addicted to the syrups of the fruit-butchers of the Pink Bunker from Utrecht. With the sparkling water of our SodaStream source effervescent water machine, we turn them into a deliciously fresh, non-alcoholic cocktail at any time of the day. You can keep drinking it. And every now and then, in the evening, something else goes on the table...

Dance House Lemesos recommends: Champagne Cocktail This classic will allow you to celebrate in style! It is one of the oldest and most popular cocktail recipes, dating back to at least the mid-1800s. It consists of a sugar cube infused with aromatic bitters, dropped into a base of a glass, over which is poured a small measure of cognac, before the glass is topped up with champagne. Ingredients • 1 brown sugar cube* • 2 dashes Angostura bitters • 20 ml cognac (chilled) • enough champagne (brut) or prosecco to fill the glass *Don’t use loose sugar, the point is creating bubbles not sweetening the drink, which the cube will do as it slowly dissolves. Steps 1. Use a chilled champagne flute. 2. Place the sugar cube onto a spoon and add the bitters. 3. Drop the soaked sugar cube into a champagne flute and add the cognac. 4. Top up the glass with champagne and serve. Marche Teatro recommends: Spritz It’s a typical drink in the Venice region, where it is prepared in various ways, but it’s also liked and consume nationwide in Italy. Ingredients • 1/3 Aperol • 1/3 sparkling white wine, typically prosecco • 1/3 sparkling water Steps 1. Chill the ingredients (or use ice cubes). 2. Mix them well. 3. To garnish, add a slice of orange and/or a green olive on a cocktail stick.

Tanec Praha recommends: Beton (Becherovka & Tonic) This cocktail is easy to mix, the main ingredient is the Becherovka liqueur (made from 12 different herbs) that’s why it is very good for the stomach. The recipe, which is a twist on a Gin & Tonic was first published in 1967. Ingredients • 50 ml Becherovka liqueur • 100 ml tonic water • ice • lemon wedge to garnish Steps 1. Add the ingredients into a highball glass over ice. 2. Garnish with a lemon wedge. The Scientific Team recommends: Sidecar Try your hand at a recreating a classic 1920s cocktail, the Sidecar. It’s easy to adapt - simply use cognac, or go with equal parts cognac, triple sec and lemon juice. The exact origin of the Sidecar is unclear, but it is thought to have been invented around the end of World War I. The drink was directly named for the motorcycle attachment, which was very commonly used back then. The Ritz Hotel in Paris claims the origin of the drink. Ingredients • 25ml triple sec • 25ml lemon juice • handful of ice • a dash of Angostura bitters (to serve) Steps 1. Put a coupe glass in the fridge to chill. Tip all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker. 2. Shake well, until the outside of the shaker feels cold, then strain the cocktail into the chilled glass. If the lemon juice is too sharp, add the bitters to taste.

Brochure design: Tamás Gádor

• 50ml cognac


Micro and Macro Dramaturgies in Dance (MMDD), a two-year-long, international training and research project was set up to foster capacity building for artists and artistic leaders of organisations in the field of contemporary dance in Europe, by developing their skills in dance dramaturgy as a creative and socially conscious practice. The project unites six leading contemporary dance organisations (Tanec Praha (CZ), Anghiari Dance Hub in partnership with Marche Teatro (IT), DansBrabant (NL), Dance House Lemesos (CY) and Bora Bora (DK) with a scientific team (Guy Cools (B), Maja Hriešik (SK), Anne-Marije van den Bersselaar (NL) and Katalin Trencsényi (HU/UK), who are responsible for planning, developing and realising the programme. The aim of this project is to develop skills in micro dramaturgy that is the ‘weaving together’ of the actual performance so that it is better readable by and accessible to an audience. At the same time, we want to research macro dramaturgy, that is to say how the artists relate to society and how the dramaturgical strategies and methodologies are transferable outside the domain of dance. Our longer-term objective is to use contemporary dance and dramaturgy as a critical tool to respond to and work with local communities and help social cohesion.