After a long period of text development, feedback and editing the 20 texts that were selected after the Writing Movement Call for articles in the fall of 2013 have been translated and passed on to a diverse range of publishers in all the WM countries.
The editors who are considering printing the articles gain access to articles covering a plethora of different themes and representing different styles of writing: Niklas Fransson and Marika Hedemyr, on one hand, both take on dance in public spaces and restrictions on this, in each their own approach. Rebecca Chentinell, on the other hand adresses movement on a macro level discussing the impact increased mobility has on artists, for instance through international touring. Anne Grete Eriksen writes about dancers’ aptitude for remembering movement material and choreography, years after the performance, while Hanna Nordquist shows how dancers find ways to approach pain and injuries as something inherent to a dancers’ career. Raminta Bumbulyte writes a philosophical essay on beauty in dance and the expecations of the audience, while Ellen Kilsgaard, Iiris Virpalu, Maija Karhunen and Jaan Ulst have chosen to write about different dance projects and performances. Maija Ikonen lets two Finnish “dancer-choreographers” discuss the notion of humanity and kinaesthetic empathy in her article.
Focus on choreography
Choreography is a topic for several articles; Vilde Sparre has written an opinion piece on the blurring of the choreographer’s profession, Corina Oprea discusses the increasing interest for choreographic work in museums and galleries, while Pil Hansen describes performance generating systems, a praxis of creating movement material that stands in a tradition of task based creation. Karen Maria Jonsdottir writes about how an Icelandic choreographer has radically re-thought how to look at and design a fireworks show by utilising principles of choreography.
In her text, Elina Bertule shows how contemporary dance relies on the law of physics, as an outcome of a historical modernization process. Pavle Heidler takes a critical look at how academic language has come to influence and shape contemporary performance practices. Venke Sortland however, looks at how focus on experience and participation blurres and challenges traditional expectations of the performance.
Karolin Kent describes the methods and ideas behind a community dance project in Calcutta, India, that works with victims of trafficking. While Kent’s and the other writers’ articles are around 11 000 – 14000 characters Ami Skånberg Dahlstedt has written a longer and academically oriented article on different paradigms existing in dance film making and traces her own history as a dance artist and film maker in the process.
Next step – publishing
What happens now? Feedback has started to come in and we already know that several of the writers will be published in different Latvian, Estonian and Swedish magazines and journals. We hope to come back with a full list when we have a complete overview.