We are happy to announce the publication of the eBook from Clash! When Classic and Contemporary Dance Collide and New Forms Emerge.

The eBook represents an important result of the investigations performed in the last two years by the five dance companies involved in the initiative: Balletto di Roma (IT), Polski Teatr Tanca (PL), 420PEOPLE (CZ), Derida Dance Center (BG); Companhia De Dança de Almada (PT). It is an interdisciplinary product created by a team of scholars from the Sapienza University of Rome, project partner responsible for the articulation of the tacit knowledge from dance practice and its translation in a language accessible to a wide audience.

Directed by Vito Di Bernardi (full professor of History of Dance), the team of scholars is composed by Luca Ruzza (professor of Digital Scenography) and Letizia Gioia Monda (adjunct professor of Digital Choreography).

The eBook was projected as a digital platform to combine written content with images and videos. It provides an opensource tool for users to transversally explore the systems developed by the partners to put in dialogue several models of dance expressions, from classic to contemporary.

The experimentations began from the application of the Clash! Professional Empowerment Strategy, a methodology elaborated by Vito Di Bernardi and Letizia Gioia Monda to lead the five dance companies to enquire into their own daily practices and face issues related to the Dancer’s Training, the Audience Development, the Marketing and Communication systems.

Those strategies have been put into play along 16 Clash! National Seminars. The internal reports and the feedback from the participants at the seminars have been collected, analysed, and processed to become part of the eBook contents.

For any session, it is possible to compare the starting method with its variables, or rather the specific strategies developed by each partner on any single theme. By following the eBook structure, users are able to identify solutions or compare problems the partners recognized along their research paths. In the section “terminologies” a glossary of 10 keywords is proposed to help to contextualize how partners realized the Clash! between tradition and innovation in the dance field, and to examine the knowledge coming from this experience.

Edited by Letizia Gioia Monda, the eBook has been created thanks to the collaboration of the designer Natan Andrea Ruzza and of the videomaker Chiara Crupi.

CLASH! project co-funded by Creative Europe Program of European Union (Grant Agreement n. 2018-2031/001-001).