The workshop will take place at the Dance Forum in Newtown, Johannesburg, from 2 to 5 February and from 22 to 23 February 2016.
Application Deadline: 8 January 2016
The aim of the dance writing workshop is to identify new contemporary dance writers and provide them with the tools and confidence to engage with the works at the Dance Umbrella 2016, which will run from February 25 to March 6, at various Johannesburg venues. The workshop also presents a platform for established arts writers to consider different aspects of contemporary dance, exchange ideas with each other and deepen their understanding of the event.
As per the last several iterations of the workshop, a focus will be set on a pertinent issue in contemporary dance that relates to the Dance Umbrella programme of that year. Given the number of international works and the collaborative nature of many of them in the upcoming Dance Umbrella festival, the title of the 2016 workshop is Beyond Borders: Making art across disciplines and geographic boundaries. As such the emphasis is on collaboration and breaking boundaries; national, geographic ones, but also those that divide disciplines. Specialists in writing, dance and other creative industries will be invited for focused discussions.
Who can apply? Aspiring and established South African arts writers who want to benefit from the workshop, mentorship, the discussions and the exposure before and during Dance Umbrella festival.
How to apply? Applicants should submit a minimum of two journalistic texts that are at least 500 words and no longer than 2,500 along with a copy of their CV and a short motivation outlining their interests and future ambitions. These should be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Application deadline is 8 January 2016.
Terms and conditions: Successful applicants will be provided with a R 5,000 stipend for the period from when the workshop begins to the conclusion of Dance Umbrella 2016. During this time they will be expected to produce texts about the works on the event. Selected texts will be published in mainstream platforms, niche art online platforms, and the Dance Umbrella Gazette. A return flight or bus ticket can be provided for successful applicants from outside Gauteng, however they must arrange for accommodation during the time of the workshop on their own. Participants will be selected based on their submissions and a short telephonic or face-to-face interview. Feedback on applications will be given by 15 January latest. Dates and outline of the workshop:
Theme of the workshop:
Beyond Borders: Making art across disciplines and geographic boundaries
First Session: Tuesday February 2 10am to 1pm
Introduction to dance writing: Participants introduce themselves and outline their relationship to dance. The basics about dance writing will be discussed: What is contemporary dance? Why write about it, how do you write about it? Who is the audience for dance reviews? An arts media specialist will be invited to join the discussion in the last hour.
Second Session: Wednesday February 3 10am to 1pm:
Introduction to the role of collaboration in contemporary dance: is all dance collaborative? With this question in mind we will preview some archival material from previous DU performances and two dance practitioners will be invited to address this question in the last hour of the session.
Third & Fourth Sessions: Thursday February 4 10am to 1pm & Friday February 5 10am to 1pm:
Collaborating across disciplines. In these sessions we will look at how fashion designers, musicians and filmmakers have worked with contemporary dancers shaping their expression and the final products. We will review some archive material and invite a fashion designer and filmmaker and/or musician to join the discussion.
Fifth Session: Monday February 22 10 to 1pm
Across Borders: during this session the focus will be on collaborations between artists from different countries or artists creating work during residencies in different countries. Once again archive material will be reviewed and two dance practitioners who have experience with this will be invited to the discussion.
Final Session: Tuesday February 23 6pm to 8.30pm
The final session of the Dance Writer's Workshop will culminate in a panel discussion and open dialogue centred on the nature and politics of collaborations across disciplines and artists from different nations, cultural groups. Dancers, choreographers, visual artists, musicians, filmmakers, costume designers from SA and abroad will be on the panel but are also encouraged to attend. The event is open to the public and will introduce this year's international artists and works that will be staged during Dance Umbrella 2016
About the Facilitator:
Mary Corrigall is a Joburg-based arts commentator, consultant and curator. She was an art critic at The Sunday Independent newspaper for over a decade. She pursued academic research in performance art for The Research Centre for Visual Identities in Art and Design at the University of Johannesburg. Her articles have been widely published in newspapers across the country as well as local and international art publications and peer-reviewed journals. She has been nominated for a number of awards and won a CNN African Journalism award in 2007 and was awarded the Thomas Pringle Award for Reviews in 2009 and 2011. The European Commission awarded Corrigall a Lorenzo Natali Award for Journalism in 2009. She is dedicated to developing art writing in South Africa and to achieve this she founded the South African Arts Writers and Critics Association (SAAWCA). In this capacity she initiated the SAAWCA Arts Writers Mentorship Programme, through which she mentored young art writers.
About the Organisers:
The Goethe-Institut is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany with a global reach, promoting knowledge of the German language abroad and fostering international cultural cooperation. Its regional office in Johannesburg particularly aims to broaden and deepen cooperation and global networks in the arts, and to further a South-South and Pan-African conversation. The Goethe-Institut is happy to continue its long-standing partnership with the Dance Umbrella festival.
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