MOV-S had an area for debate and reflection on the subjects of most relevance to dance in Spain and Europe. The subjects were grouped into specific themes and different formats.
This year the central subject was included under the title, “What kind of dance, for whom? New challenges in fostering dance”.
New forms of creation and production are currently being presented in Europe, and great efforts are being made to ensure that the artist’s work reaches the majority of the population. Affinity between the artist and his audience opens new paths for the introduction of dance in schools and the involvement of communities in the creative process. The MOV-S roundtable debates seek to foster the exchange of viewpoints on the situation of dance in the political and social contexts we live under in Europe, and to try and go over the mechanisms of innovation that would help creative dance reach the majority of the population.
Roundtable 0: Identities in Europe. Is dance becoming homogenised?
This first session attempted to delve into the different models of dance that coexist in Spain and Europe, and how they mutually influence one another. Does dance evolve towards diversity or to homogenisation? Is there a dance of the Mediterranean and another of northern Europe?
Roundtable 1: New forms of support for dance
The new context of cultural development requires new forms of support for the task of creation. Collaborations between artists from different cultures in venues bearing distinct cultural coordinates proliferate everywhere. Do these foster communication while also favouring uniformity? International co-productions, producers’ networks, residencies, artistic accompaniment and mobility bring new possibilities to the creative task. Is this a motive for artistic growth?
Roundtable 2: The Dance of the future for whom?
Who is future dance for? Is it the audience who doesn’t go to see dance, or is it dance who doesn’t want to leave its safe, protected hiding holes? What new opportunities opened for dance artists when they decide to go out and open themselves up to society? Working with children in schools, with social collectives or minorities excluded by official culture opens new opportunities for the artist to be present in society and provoke a fluid dialogue that encourages collective creativity to flourish.
Roundtable 3: Conclusions and closing ceremony
Another activity that makes up the MOV-S programme were visits to centres in Barcelona who were also putting on project presentations and discussion groups in collaboration with the hosting organisation.