We’re happy to announce that CLASH! International Festival. The Hybrid
in Dance Models, between Classic and Contemporary will be held from the 8th to
the 13th of December 2020.
Starting at 6 pm CET (Bruxelles time), six events entirely dedicated to
#dance are going to be broadcasted on the official website www.clashproject.eu every day. #Screendance
performances and #talks will animate a unique online program created and
produced by the six European partners involved in the project Clash! When
Classic and Contemporary Dance Collide and New Forms Emerge. The Festival will
present a shared calendar of events to show the results of practical
investigations led during the European exchange by the project-partners from
In the coming days we will show you all the news abut the Festival!
On November 14th, at 4.00 pm CET (Bruxelles time), it will be broadcasted online the presentation of the eBook from the project CLASH! When classic and contemporary dance collide and new forms emerge – promoted by Balletto di Roma (Italy) and co-founded by Creative Europe Program of the European Union (Grant Agreement n. 2018-2031/001- 001). The event will see a round table with the authors Vito di Bernardi, Letizia Gioia Monda and Luca Ruzza, a team of researchers from the Sapienza University of Rome, project partner responsible for the articulation of the tacit knowledge from dance practice and its translation into a language accessible to a wide audience. They will illustrate how the eBook has been developed to be an interdisciplinary product to show important results 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). The presentation, introduced by Francesca Magnini (artistic director of Balletto di Roma), will see the interventions of representatives of two CLASH! project partners: Ana Macara, from Companhia De Dança de Almada, who will talk about the possible application of the eBook in dance education and audience development strategies. Atanas Maev, from Derida Dance Center/Art Link Foundation, will point on the opportunities to use this digital tool to support cultural diplomacy in the dance field.
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. It is accessible at the following link: https://www.ebook-clashproject.com/ ——- CREDITS The event is promoted by Sapienza University of Rome. In collaboration with Balletto di Roma. Intro: Francesca Magnini (artistic director of Balletto di Roma, IT) Round Table: Vito Di Bernardi (full professor of History of Dance at Department of History Anthropology Religions Art Performance of the Sapienza University of Rome, IT).Luca Ruzza (professor of Graphic Electronic and Digital Arts at the Department of Planning, Design, and Technology of Architecture, Sapienza University of Rome, IT).Letizia Gioia Monda (adjunct professor of Digital Technologies for Dance and Theatre Performance at Department of History Anthropology Religions Art Performance, Sapienza University of Rome, IT).Interventions: Ana Macara: (artistic director and research consultant of Companhia De Dança de Almada, Almada, PT) Atanas Maev: (art manager Derida Dance Center/Art Link Foundation, Sophia, BG) Technical Staff for the Live StreamingDirector and Scientific Consultant: Chiara Crupi Digital Content Manager: Matteo Carratoni Technical Assistant: Enrico Falzetti Production Coordinator: Letizia Gioia Monda
Preparation of the screendance performance “ORĪGĪ” by 420PEOPLE! In November we will share the official photos of the filming!
Choreography & Art director: Václav Kuneš Dancers: Francesca Amante & Fanny Barrouquère & Simona Machovičová Director & Camera: Tomáš Vlček Lights & AC & Grip & Script: Radim Krumpolc, Jan Faukner, David Borovský Backstage video & interview: Pavel Marek Music: Jan Šikl & Zabelov Group Production & Management: Aneta Jochim, Alžběta Málková, Magdaléna Řehořová, Marta Lajnerová Styling: Olo Křížová Location: Studio MAISELOVKA, Prague
Theme of the film is based on the primordial essence of humanity and the body itself, specifically on what we know where we come from – whether geographically, ideologically or sociologically. After meeting something new, we look for a way to adapt (to learn how to adapt). The adaptation is the basic theme of the film. The plot in the film brings together three dancers (three girls) who have their personal (basic) movement and dance style. Imagine a ballerina (classic ballet), a musical dancer (the broadway style) and a martial arts representative (contemporary dance). These three dancers and their diverse styles meet at one point, and the only possible way in which they can work together and communicate is to “adapt to each other”. Thanks to the initial duel (clash!) between the dancers, the new (fourth) style will be created, which will be the only means of communication. The storyline results in the main and best means of communication being our own body. The body is the best technology, the body is the only possible true aspect.
Film ORĪGĪ is part of Project Clash – when classic and contemporary dance collide and new forms emerge (Grant Agreement n° 2018 – 2032 /001 – 001, co-founded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.)
We are happy to announce the publication of the eBookfrom 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
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
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
CLASH! project co-funded by Creative Europe Program of European Union (Grant Agreement n. 2018-2031/001-001).
On 10th of October 2020 in Fórum Municipal Romeu Correia – Pablo Neruda Room Ca.Da. will bring together a group of international participants and stakeholders to present the Clash! Project as an example of the Creative Europe program supporting dance production, and discussing the importance of the program.
Clash! Project is Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, Grant Agreement n° 2018 – 2032 /001 – 001 .
We are happy to share with you some exciting news and pictures from the preparation process of Polski Teatr Tańca – Polish Dance Theatre
Davide Valrosso – a guest choreographer at Balletto di Roma (BdR) came to Poznan as part of the exchange of choreographers within the CLASH! Project. He worked with three of the Polish Dance Theatre’s dancers: Jerzy Kaźmierczak, Zbigniew Kocięba and Agnieszka Jachym, who in February this year studied her concept of choreography with BdR dancers. One will see the effects of the whole project during the Clash! On Stage Festival on 8-13 December. We invite you to follow us!
CLASH project! When Classic And Contemporary Dance Collide And New Forms Emerges is co-financed from the Creative Europe program (Grant Agreement No 2018-2032/001-001).
Partners: Balletto di Roma, Sapienza Università di Roma, Derida Dance Center, Companhia de Dança Almada, 420PEOPLE.org
During a long time of lockdown the partners of the Clash! Project took time to work on the development and implementation of online Audience development activities. They used tools from digital marketing and social media strategy to engage more audiences from different counties. This measurement was also the foundation of the new form of the “CLASH! On stage” Festival that should adapt to the new conditions of international travel and cultural exchange.
Online AD activities
On June 13th, 2020, Polish Dance Theatre launched a special installment of the “chat room” – series entitled “Dance of Spectators”. All participants were able to observe the contemporary dance audiences – not only to specify their description but also to investigate what attracts them to be part of contemporary dance performances and what defines their choice whether to be an active or a passive audience.
The online event was hosted by Agnieszka Jachym and Robert Chodyła. Their guests were Joanna Leśnierowska, Joanna Szymajda and Konrad Kurowski who talked about building an audience for contemporary dance and classical ballet, audience research, methods of arousing interest in the art of dance, and – in the context of the current situation in the world – the impact of the pandemic on the behavior of cultural audiences.
Leśnierowska – a
playwright, critic, dance curator and performer, who has been running the Old
Brewery New Dance performance program since 2004 within the framework of the
Art Stations Foundation established by Grażyna Kulczyk.
Szymajda – the manager of the ballet
of the Wrocław Opera, a critic, doctor of humanities, deputy director of the
Institute of Music and Dance in 2010-2017, curator of dance projects such as
the Dialogue of Four Cultures Festival in Łódź.
Kurowski – a producer and manager of
Lublin Dance Theatre (since 2014), co-organizer of International Meetings of
Dance Theatres in Lublin, co-founder of Polish Dance Network, representing
Lublin Dance Theatre – together with Anna Kalita – in Aerowaves, a European
network of dance houses, will also be joining.
Furthermore, Polish Dance Theatre, lead a cycle of prerecorded short dance classes online in the space of the Internet between 14th and 19th of June 2020. This activity was dedicated to the company’s everyday routine to start their work with a class. This class aims to warm up and prepare the dancer for the rehearsal. Due to the varied, rich repertoire, the training of artists is very comprehensive and extensive. The access to the platform was free of charge and participants were able to join their Facebook accounts daily. Lessons were conducted in Polish and in English. The program included improvisation session, pilates, conditional training, classical ballet, physical preparation and contemporary dance.
The weeklong program concluded with a Skype talk with one of the dancers – artists from the Polish Dance Theatre (PTT) band. The goal of this conversation was to study audience expectations in the context of PTT performance activities and to analyze the use of cultural offers during the pandemic. Participants of the meeting had the opportunity to ask their questions about the Polish Dance Theatre, the repertoire, the work of the band, performances, etc.
The second partner who worked on audience development activities was 420people.org. They successfully prepared the exclusive in-person workshop CLASH! for the general public and for all levels of dancers. To mark the project CLASH! “CLASH! When classic and contemporary dance collides and new forms emerge”, they held the movement workshop for all levels of dancers accompanied by the choreographer Václav Kuneš and by Václav Havelka, the frontman of the band “Please the Trees”.
The hour and a half long dance seminar with the artistic director of 420PEOPLE Václav Kuneš allowed the company to complete the experience in leading seminars for different target groups and allowed them to evaluate information, principles, and knowledge (PES) collected during the CLASH project. They were happy to meet the public in person in the studio and share their knowledge developed during the CLASH project.
420people.org focused on the experience
gained during all CLASH seminars and AD activities held in Prague, mainly on
these recommendations and comments:
Keep and follow already highly evaluated strategy of the workshop content: warm-up, somatic techniques, breathing exercises, and more intensive bodywork on the floor, more cardio exercises, energetic part, and final movement combination for connecting all elements.
See as more effective to make the various dance techniques fusions.
They connected all these elements and supported the strategy of body
awareness even more with live music.
All levels of non-professional dancers (mostly women) took part in the
seminar. Many new participants learned about the CLASH seminars thanks to
watching Václav Kuneš´s online dance workshops during a coronavirus pandemic
420people.org received a lot of positive feedback, especially on the diversity of dance techniques. For non-professional dancers was easier to connect the movement with live music. The fusion of various dance techniques helped to understand the quality of the movement and deepen the dance research.
“I am thankful for the
Vaclav & Vaclav workshops, for the fascinating slow-down of time, where the
automatic everyday movements become refreshingly new and uncommon. Thanks for
the possibility of creating one pulsating organism together!”
“Good and positive energy in studio.”
“Perfect amount of people in the studio. Professional approach to
non-professional dancers. “
The Hybrid festival
Due to COVID-19 pandemic situation and the new measurements and international travel and exchange restrictions that are required by EU and the governments of partnerships, CLASH! Partners decided to change the form of the Festival and the tournee. CLASH! On stage will be held in a hybrid version – all partners will produce a screendance performance and they will stream online their planned workshops and discussions with audience and professionals. It will be conceived as a path the audience will be put in condition to follow in order to understand how the Festival expresses the results of a research carried by all the partners on the Clash! Between Classic and Contemporary Dance Models. The Hybrid festival will conclude with a premiere of CLASH! Screendance performance online and a discussion with professional from 5 countries.
CLASH! On Stage Festival will be scheduled at the beginning of December – from 8th to the 13th, in 6 days in as the number of the project partners. Each day will be dedicated to the theme of the project.
More details as well as the festival program and its participants will
be revealed between mid-September and the beginning of October!
Exclusive movement workshop CLASH! by 420PEOPLE for the general public and for all levels of dancers was held on the 21st of June 2020. To mark the project CLASH! “CLASH! When classic and contemporary dance collides and new forms emerge”, the company held a movement workshop for all levels of dancers accompanied by the choreographer Václav Kuneš and by the live Václav Havelka, the frontman of band Please the Trees.
The CLASH! project and the movement workshop intended to support the classic and contemporary dance, traditionally more active in classical training and production, towards the production of contemporary dance and especially the focus on new strategies for audience development.
Short video resume from the workshop can be found on the Facebook page of 420people.org here
Next Sunday on the 14th of June Polish Dance Theatre is starting the cycle of short dance classes online in the space of the Internet.
Every day, the Polish Dance Theatre team starts their work
with a class. It aims to warm up and prepare the dancer for the rehearsal. Due
to the varied, rich repertoire, the training of artists is very comprehensive
Polish Dance Theatre invites you to participate in a virtual
part of its lesson and encourages you to practice together online!
And here is the necessary technical information – the premieres of each episode of the cycle will take place every day at 10.00 am on Facebook of the Polish Dance Theatre. Video clips of recorded exercise will be available for one week from the first show.
This workout consists of three parts: a warm-up based on Sun salutation
from yoga, intervals – a series of exercises
that will strengthen your muscles and improve your shape and condition, as well
as stretching muscles, necessary after each physical effort.
Prepare sports shoes and turn on motivating background music!
This lesson focuses on the exercises at a bar (a chair can be
used instead). It is a solid warm-up, where we work on coordination,
flexibility and balance to be able to continue exercising in the
“center” (without the bar).
Friday, 19.06, 10.00 am Contemporary Friday / Modern Dance
Hosted by: Patryk Jarczok
A contemporary dance class with elements of floor work and improvisation, during
which you will work on different qualities of movement.
Lessons will be led in Polish and in English.
The cycle takes place within the CLASH project! When Classic
And Contemporary Dance Collide And New Forms Emerge, co-financed from the
Creative Europe program (Grant Agreement No 2018-2032/001-001).
This Saturday, June 13th at 5 p.m., Polish Dance Theatre invites you to their FB profile for the special installment of the “chat room” series entitled “Dance of Spectators”. They would like to take a look at contemporary dance audiences – try to describe what those are and what attracts them to dance performances. They will also discuss listening and engaging the audience, i.e. the ways that teams and institutions use to develop and activate their audiences.
PTD invited Joanna Leśnierowska – a playwright, critic, dance curator and performer, who has been running the Old Brewery New Dance performance program since 2004 within the framework of the Art Stations Foundation established by Grażyna Kulczyk.
Their guest will be Joanna Szymajda, the manager of the ballet of the Wrocław Opera, a critic, doctor of humanities, deputy director of the Institute of Music and Dance in 2010-2017, curator of dance projects such as the Dialogue of Four Cultures Festival in Łódź.
Konrad Kurowski – a producer and manager of Lublin Dance Theatre (since 2014), co-organizer of International Meetings of Dance Theatres in Lublin, co-founder of Polish Dance Network, representing Lublin Dance Theatre – together with Anna Kalita – in Aerowaves, a European network of dance houses, will also be joining.
They will discuss the topics of building an audience for contemporary dance and classical ballet, audience research, methods of arousing interest in the art of dance, and – in the context of the current situation in the world – the impact of the pandemic on the behavior of cultural audiences.
chat room “Dance of Spectators” is part of the CLASH project! When
Classic And Contemporary Dance Collide And New Forms Emerge, co-financed from
the Creative Europe program.
by: Agnieszka Jachym and Robert Chodyła
You are invited to discover contemporary dance and dance theatre audiences – still little known but a necessary link of dance and theatre communication!
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of the European Union
Grant Agreement n° 2018 – 2032 /001 – 001
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