A draft for a community agreement for teams who are starting to work together on a new project. It is useful to take some time at the beginning of the process...
To define who is a dancer, is not the main point of this perspective, each dancer has probably a different definition for themselves. In the free scene the roles of dancer and choreographer are frequently overlapped, and yet this perspective invites to focus for a moment exclusively from the point of view of a dancer. A dancer does not always have to choreograph and does not always have to initiate a project. This perspective invites you to consider the practice of dance, of movement and of experience of the body. For example, a warm-up does not have to be political, it can be only a warm-up, so how do you prepare your body for the creative process?
As a dancer…
… what am I responsible of?
… what am I not responsible of?
… how can I create clarity for the process?
… with whom do I want to work? Why?
… do I know what the other participants need?
… what do I need?
… what do I have?
… what am I missing?
… what type of internal structure do I want for the process?
… how do I prepare for the process?
International Connection Base
Dancersconnect is a neutral and informal platform aimed at professional dancers in permanent ensembles as well as the independent dance scene in Germany, but open to all. They engage in concrete actons to improve the working condition of dancers. A great contact person if you are having legal problems related to your work as a dancer.
Local + Regional Connection Base
A MUST! They are a regional organization, but their office is in Cologne, so you can go visit them.
A contact point for the professional dance scene in NRW. It initiates projects, cooperations and discourses in the field of professional contemporary dance and supports the work of dance professionals in NRW, offering collegial advice and organizing formats for exchange and qualification. They have a regional calender where you can publish your upcoming events.
Extra Tip: They send an reminder per e-mail to send your up-coming dates to be published on their printed and online Tanzkalender free of charge. Contact the team from PR to receive this reminders.
Local Connection Base
The local profitraining at the Tanzfaktur, every day from 10 to 11:30. Great space to connect and to keep on dancing! It is an association (Verein), so it needs members to keep on going, it is not taken for granted that there is a daily profitraining in the city. It is all because of this people working for it. So go to class & join the association.
A collection of texts as a consequence of the Dancer as Agent Conference 2013 in DOCH Stockholm.
A portal gathering auditions, open calls, workshops, etc. It might get overwhelming how many “opportunities” are there, but with the right filters, you might find something interesting for you.
A list of questions to make sure you have thought about and communicated important aspects of the working conditions before starting a project. Includes questions about: Time, Space, Payment, Creative Process, Collaboration with spaces