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Dear dance interested person
Here is info about
keðjas current and recent activities. You can follow us even closer by liking our facebook page.

Call for articles, deadline 1′st of October

The keðja Writing Movement is now looking for writers in the Baltic and Nordic countries to submit their ideas and proposals for articles and essays on contemporary dance intended for a broad readership across national borders. The challenge is to write with insight to a non-specialized audience. For this we encourage writers with all backgrounds to submit proposals: journalists, authors, critics, artists, novelists, scholars etc.
Selected writers will be off
ered a grant for developing the text, with a following opportunity for translation and publishing in journals, newspapers and online magazines in the different partnering countries, as well as on writingmovement.com Emphasis will, in the selection process be put on originality, theme, relevance across national borders, publishing and readership potential, and importantly fresh perspectives on contemporary dance.
Read the full call text 

More info about the Writing Movement activities.
 


How I imagine keðja Wilderness
Several keðja Wilderness residencies have now taken place.
Inta Balode writes about her expectations towards a Wilderness residency. What really happened you can follow on the Wilderness blog.


"The artists arrive to the location and it is an event, maybe not as intensively full of expectations as in old times when circus arrived in the town, but the presence of the artists is felt and known, and triggers curiosity. For some time the artists live there, but don’t bring their work out of “the tent”, and the curiosity of the local community keeps growing. The local people see and feel that the artists look around with great attention, they appear in the different places where the locals gather; they bring some things back to their “tent”. The local people get curious about their own lives, about the things the artists look at. They start liking their own lives. They start analyzing their own lives. Sometimes they laugh at the artists when they try so hard to do things which seem so usual to the local people.
Some people start to know the artists better and the talk is that some even have been into “the tent” .
The local people start thinking that those artists are different. Usually when artists come to visit the community, they stay for some hours, sing 8 songs or show 7 paintings, or show an hour long theatre play. They get flowers, they look inaccessible and they leave.
Maybe the ones that are staying here now, for so long are not artists at all? What they do in their “tent”?
But as there are more visitors coming to join the artists, as there are articles in the big press, as there are some well-known journalists coming to the village – they must be real artists. It is hard to check because they are foreigners and talk another language. Learning languages is so important!
One day the artists open up the tent and invite the local people to come and dance with them. It turns out that things can be understood also without language. It is not really dance the locals are invited to, but it is interesting and healthy and now the locals, think about it even more. They reflect that if those artists are real and famous artists and they came to our small unnoticed village then we are somehow important and needed. We are still on the map. And maybe they will tell others about our lives and we will be heard. That is in the case we decide to speak up, in case we decide we are valid and have a voice!
After some weeks the artists invite the local people to come to the performance. Even if the artists have been around for a long time the locals don’t know what they will be showing. It is unusual what they see, it is something new, they still wouldn’t call it dance but if in the artists countries is called dance they don’t mind. But then at some point the locals realize that the lives, their village, the forests and fields, the cows, the river and the sea they are looking at every day, somehow managed to go into the performance. The artists don’t wear cow masks and don’t play with blue fabric to show the sea but it is all there. The locals are grateful to the artists for being seen, proud of their place and a little proud of themselves. Taken by the unusual, disturbed from the regular understanding of what dance and art is and even sometimes they now forget to switch on the TV by the end of the day."


Inta Balode is a writer and editor of the Latvian on-line dance journal www.journal.dance.lv . Inta and Dance LV Journal are Writing Movement collaborators.

Wilderness. Latvia

keðjaMariehamn

The next keðja Encounter will take place in Mariehamn on the Aaland Islands between Finland and Sweden, August 6-9 2014. A facebook page has been set up, here you will be able to follow the preparations.
For this Encounter it will be necessary to make up your mind in good time about whether you are going or not. So why not start following the page now.
Wilderness. Finland
Wilderness. Norway

keðja       Think-Tanks

The summary of the latest meeting of the  Think Tank for Touring network for the Nordic-Baltic region is available on www.kedja.net  The Think Tank for Sustainable strategies for the Nordic-Baltic dance field is meeting this month in Helsinki.
We hope that we have triggered you curiosity and that we will see you IRL, on www.facebook.com/Kedja2012 or that you will follow our website and existing and coming blogs.
 
Yours sincerely,  Kamma Siegumfeldt, main project manager for keðja
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keðja partners 2012-2015:
Dansehallerne – Copenhagen DK, Dance Information Norway, Dance Info Finland , Independent Theatres Association – Reykjavik IS, The Union of Estonian Dance Artists, Bora Bora – Aarhus DK, Dansearena Nord – Hammerfest NO, MAD Production – Helsinki FIN, New Theatre Institute of Latvia, Fish Eye – Klaipeda LT, SITE – Stockholm S with Kultur I Väst – Göteborg and Performing Arts Iceland
 
 
What is keðja?
·         keðja is Nordic-Baltic dance meetings in the form of Encounters as well as other activities related to the development of contemporary dance.
·         keðja is for anyone interested in taking a closer look at how  contemporary dance is organized and works in the Nordic-Baltic countries and beyond.
·         keðja is for people who want to co-operate across borders to create better circumstances for the art of contemporary dance, and thereby stimulate and develop the art of dance.
·         keðja is the Old Norse and Icelandic word for chain. The name symbolizes our aim to connect, attach, encircle and move outwards, as well as to strengthen already existing networks.

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