DesNORTE # 7


por Cristina Planas Leitão e Vera Mota
Sábado, dia 21 de Abril no estúdio Tous Tous – 14h-17h

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Só para ler e pensar…
Ideias gerais de uma conversa entre Jette Schneider e Cristina Planas Leitão
Fevereiro de 2012
(escrito em Inglês para melhor expressar as ideias originais)
Who is Jette Schneider?
Jette Schneider was the artistic and business coordinator, as well co-initiator of Stichting Danslab and later of The Network for Choreography and Related Art. In 1997 she came to the Netherlands in order to study at the Rotterdamse Dansacademie. She completed her studies as a teacher, specialized in modern dance and improvisation/composition in 2001.
Subsequently she started working at Stichting Dansateliers in Rotterdam in 2002, meanwhile studying at the Erasmus University and Utrecht University. After graduating in 2006 in Art Policy and Art Management she left Dansateliers as production /assistant artistic director and devoted all of time and effort upon the development of Danslab.
In the current times of political and social changes she will continue developing new and dynamic possibilities for the freelance art (dance) scene. Together with the artists she initiates flexible work surroundings that support artistic development in relation to divers fields, by using strategies of new institutionalism / network creation and new leadership.
What was Danslab? (Danslab as it was formed, was closed due to subsidy cuts. It still exists, even though on another format)
* The empowerment of the artist    * Creating one’s own opportunities    * Defining one’s own terms    * Transparency / Open invitation for others    * Sense of a collective undertaking / responsibility    * Reimagining structures, patterns & needs    * Reinventing possibilities    * Confusion and confrontation / not imagining results    * Sharing skills, experiences and encouragement    * Space for exchange, reflect and exposure    * The absence of a need to be consequent    * Clarity and contextualizing    * Pioneering Spirit and development    * Bottom-up approaches & peer to peer    * A need for justification within society    * Forming new kinds of partnerships (beyond the dance world)    * Confidence regarding new roles / directions    * Utilizing fantasy    * Confronting partners
Danslab is a practice based research initiative in The Hague that encourages a network for the artist’s development and exchange, as well builds on a centre for knowledge of artistic research, dance and choreography. It’s functional concept and aim is based on the needs of the choreographers, who themselves called for the necessity of a degree of autonomy in order to create for themselves an environment where artistic research exchange, reflection and analysis would become the primary objective. Danslab stimulates the artist’s personal freedom and simultaneously creates a community, where they can Re-consider, Re-search, Re-define, and Re-create themselves and their medium. In order to realize this we have chosen to develop a structure based on self-organization and a peer-to-peer hierarchy and methodology.  Each 2 years, 5 experienced choreographers form together the artistic team. All artistic plans and decisions remain in their hands. With a focus on open exchange, feedback and reflection we aim to inspire the artistic development of contemporary dance.   
I spoke to Jette about desNORTE and she says that this sort of meetings are happening in many places in Europe at the moment. From her experience, Jette mentions some interesting points and tips:
  • We should keep it positive and always going
  • It is neither a collective nor a 60’s community. It is not a collective for the simple fact that we don’t choose each other as we also don’t choose our neighbours. With some people we would never collaborate but different opinions contribute for the growth of the community
  • It is important to develop community discourse besides personal interests
  • Never work or go against programmers but keep open the possibilities for sending proposals for co-operations of common interest.
  • Do not associate with other existing / older institutions as their interests and activities might conflict with ours.
  • Once in a while include “normal” people, outside the field of dance in our meetings to refresh.
  • Curiosity comes before motivation
  • Have talks about self-organization, horizontal collaboration (which is in fact a new model against capitalism)
  • If there is no money, exchange hours of service to each other.
  • Cannot be one or two people dragging the others; it needs to be a common interest.
  • Before anything happens or changes, the community has to be stronger.
  • Moments where everything seems stuck are ok, as long as it doesn’t stop.
  • Never close too much
  • There’s always a natural selection in the people that come to the meetings and get interested
  • This is happening in other cities. It is a common need to learn from each other.
  • Until we get a common discourse and goal there must be corrections and interferences.
  • Meetings should mostly be practical. Can be talks but with specific exercises that create a group dynamic. Develop frames that allow us to also develop individually (our work).
  • Studio meetings can also be just a space to meet. Even if I don’t want to move I can take my computer and work while others move.
  • It is not an utopia or too idealist
  • Before any action towards theatres, programmers we need to know what we want and need.
  • It is not necessarily a group but more a space or a time where meeting happens.
  • It doesn’t have to be static or keep the same format. It can transform periodically when needed.
  • Stop complaining: it’s not meant to be therapy.
  • Why we go to the meetings has to be clear for everybody
Outros exemplos: