Talk & Connect

  • 3 September
    11:00 – 12:00
  • NRW-Forum | Talk & Connect Space
  • Wheelchair Access Impaired mobility International Sign Language Subtitles
  • Duration: 60min

Panel (Un)probable Futures

Unprobable futures reconnects to society and looks at how dance can be a vehicle for social change. The participants take a closer look at practices from within performing arts that have been able to generate significant transformations in local communities and contexts. In the center of the discussions are alliances that move dance out of its known realms. What strategies from other sectors can be incorporated into artistic and social practices and become embedded into the fabric of the spaces we hold for dance? How do they contribute to the construction of an improbable and shared future?

Panelists: Barbara Poček/IETM (BE/SL) | Arkadi Zaides (IL/FR) | Mamela Nyamza (SA) | Eva García/Comuart (ES) | Moderation: Magnus Nordberg / Nordberg Movement (SE)

Barbara Poček/IETM

Barbara Poček has been collaborating with Ljubljanas Glej theatre since 2010. She is a member of the Glej’s Artistic Council; Programme Coordinator of the TRIGGER platform, developing projects connected to internationalization and international cooperation. Between 2017 and 2022, she was a member of the Board of Directors of IETM (International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts) and in 2022 she took over the coordination of the network's Local Journeys for change project. She maintains a broad spectrum of activities fostering connections between different social and professional communities.

Arkadi Zaides

Arkadi Zaides is an Israeli independent choreographer and visual artist of Belorussian origin. He performed in several companies before embarking on an independent career in 2004. He is currently obtaining his joint practice-based PhD degree at Antwerp University and Ghent University. His performances and installations have been presented in numerous dance and theatre festivals, museums, and galleries across Europe, North and South America, and Asia. In recent years Arkadi Zaides is focusing on something that could be named 'documentary choreography'.

Mamela Nyamza

The internationally acclaimed choreographer and art activist Mamela Nyamza is known for her works that tackle the classical genre of dance, by unapologetically demystifying and deconstructing both the traditional methods and logic of ballet. Her vision is to make dance, as the genre of the performance art, to convey body politics on all social issues, and not to just entertain. Her ultimate goal is to reach the most remote areas of South Africa to unearth young, raw talent in the art of dance and other Performing Arts, and to serve as a mento to all young artists both in Africa and globally.

Eva García/Comuart

Eva Garcia is an expert in community artistic creation and collaborative artistic creation processes. Together with non-professionals, she reaches artistic creation in places and with people who do not participate in the construction of conventional artistic proposals. She is the founder of transFORMAS (Barcelona, Spain), where she developed, in a team, a multitude of local and international, scenic and multidisciplinary projects for fifteen years. Currently, she is part of the Ópera Prima team, the Gran Teatre del Liceu's line of community operatic productions. She also accompanies different projects, institutions and cultural events, such as The Unfinished Human Manifesto, by Lali Álvarez or the community programming of Danza Metropolitana, among others.

Magnus Nordberg/Nordberg Movement

Magnus Nordberg is CEO and founder of Nordberg Movement in Stockholm. Nordberg Movement is a production and development agency for dance and choreography, developing and disseminating dance, all day, every day. The agency is specifically collaborating with a select group of artists, while developing projects and schemes for the sector at large. From 2021, the agency works with the project "I RÖRELSE" (In Movement) aiming at strengthening the independent Swedish dance field through knowledge sharing and coaching, focusing on international endeavours. From 2022, the agency also includes music composers and artists within the project "Music & Movement Management".