The year will start with a visit to India, to Attakkalari’s Biennial in Bangalore (www.attakkalaribiennial.org). From 28 January - 6 February we hope to encounter young South Asian dance makers in the Young Choreographers Platform and we will participate in Attakkalari’s Focus Meeting and seminar on Body, Performance and Articulation. This trip is sure to bring inspiration for more exchange between the Dutch dance scene and the South Asian region and with our partners in China.
In July, Borneoco will once again collaborate with JULIDANS! This year’s festival edition will feature the results of the 2009 Artists’ Lab: three performances by up-coming choreographers from different cultures and backgrounds, who met each other in the Julidans Lab and proudly present the work they created together. Come and meet Nina Fajdiga (Slovenia) & Simone Truong (CH), Mirri Lee (NL/South-Korea) & Anani Dodji Sanouvi (NL/Togo) and Nhlanhla Mahlangu (South Africa). Furthermore, there will be dinner discussions and an edgy performance to be confirmed...
And of course in 2011 China continues to be our main focus with a continuation of some of our (by now) regular activities on the one hand, but also with some new plans in the pipe-line… more information will follow soon.
The Dutch Culture Centre (DCC), the Dutch theatre in downtown Shanghai, started its theatre activities in March with a program curated by Borneoco/CultureXpress. The Red Chamber, an installation and performance inspired by Cao Xueqin`s classic epic, the Dream of the Red Chamber, was created in Shanghai by a team of European and Chinese artists.
In April we organised, together with our partner Cinedans, a 5 days’ workshop Dance for Camera in the DCC, led by filmmaker David Hinton. The workshop was followed by a Dutch Dance Film Festival Cinedans. In this movie marathon with short and long films, special documentaries and retrospectives, Cinedans’ director Janine Dijkmeijer brought the versatility of the Dutch dance scene to Shanghai. The results of the workshop, 6 dance films by young Chinese artists, were presented as part this festival and in December the films were screened in Amsterdam, during the Cinedans International Film, Dance and Media Festival.
Last but not least, we facilitated ICK Amsterdam’s (Emio Greco | PC) Beyond China project, where young dancers and choreographers from Asia met in Beijing and Shanghai for a program of workshops and a creation process. EG|PC ‘s own workshop Double Skin/Double Mind (taught by Barbara Meneses), Kalaripayattu (by Jayachandran Palazhy), Yi Quan (by Master Yao) and improvisation classes (by Nik Haffner) were complemented by lectures and discussions, curated by Chinese dance critic and researcher Qing Qing. All of these activities found their way into the creative lab where the dancers could challenge their own creativity guided by Chinese choreographer Nunu Kong. The result, a work-in-progress, was presented to a large audience at the DCC in Shanghai, and in December, after another three weeks of intensive workshops and hard work, in Amsterdam.
In Beijing, the May Festival - organised by CCD Workstation / Living Dance Studio - hosted another edition of the Young Choreographer’s Project (YCP) with some five young dance makers presenting their work. This year’s mentors were Tian Gebing (Paper Tiger), Zhang Xian (Zuhe Niao) and Su Wenqi (dance maker from Taiwan), offering advice and counsel to these independent artists. A new addition to the May Festival was the New Space & New Creation platform. This platform provides an opportunity for former participants of the YCP to show new work as it is still difficult in China to find a stage for independent productions. Xiao Ke, Zhang Mengqi and Liu Ning presented their new pieces here. The film part of the May Festival had Hara Kazuo (Japan) as film maker in focus; he introduced four of his films. The Festival also featured many documentaries, including new work by Wu Wenguang and new films from the Villager Documentary Project. Swiss film maker Vladimir Jendreyko hosted a workshop in which work by young documentary makers was screened and discussed.
In Amsterdam, meanwhile, Zuhe Niao presented the Red Chamber in the JULIDANS Festival. The performance was commented on by one of the leading Dutch newspapers as “a pleasant ramble through an as yet unknown theatrical world” (NRC Handelsblad). Two Dinner Discussions - on Gender on Stage and Contemporary Dance in the Levant - completed our contribution to the 2010 edition of Julidans.
The YCP is part of the capacity building program in contemporary dance theatre & documentary film making in Caochangdi Workstation, one of cultureXpress'core activities, funded by the DOEN Foundation.
DOEN Foundation supports cultureXpress with revenues from the Dutch Postcode Lottery, because with their project Living Dance Studio they give a boost to the development of contemporary dance and theatre in China!
The Red Chamber Amsterdam is a co-production with Julidans and was made possible by a financial contribution of the Prince Claus Fund.