NOMAD Dance Advocates in Belgrade 2017

NOMAD Dance Advocates in Belgrade 2017

Gathering of dance artists, policy-makers and all their friends, initiated and organized by Station Service for contemporary dance and Nomad Dance Academy.

We need cultural policies that care for the working conditions, participation and transparency to maintain this dynamic sector and to make the best out of our Region’s existing allies such as Nomad Dance Academy. Basic conditions and long-term support are lacking and therefore our most talented artists and professionals leave to countries offering better opportunities.

Therefore, we call on you to work on new policies for contemporary dance with us on a local, national and regional level and to improve conditions for cultural collaboration and exchange in the Balkans by:

• implementing transparent procedures, decision-making processes and participation of respected professionals in creation of specific policies and instruments for contemporary dance;

• securing permanent venues for creation and presentation of contemporary dance and for developing its audiences;

• securing structural grants for the independent organizations because this is the only way they can invest their work into real development of their fields;

• introducing regional grants for collaboration projects in contemporary arts to allow presence and visibility of each country;

• following successful practices and principles of respect and collaboration with the independent culture sector

This complex task can be done only in partnership and we are inviting you to start this work now. Make room for dance!


October 20
Kraljevića Marka street, open space 

11.30 Gathering of all participants on the street for the opening ceremony and performance installation by Karkatag Collective 

12.00 – 13.00 Entering the Magacin space with a choreographed guided tour by Dejan Srhoj and Gisela Mueller / Nomad Dance Academy 

Choreographic game by Willy Prager, Iva Sveshtarova, Stefan Stereff / Nomad Dance Academy Bulgaria 

Welcome by Station and the Belgrade officials 

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch in the gallery space, Kraljevica Marka 8 

14.00 – 15.00 How to use the existing cultural policy frames to make the meaningful changes, introduction by Prof. Milena Dragićević Šešić, with Biljana Tanurovska Kjulavkovski / Nomad Dance Academy 

Includes discussion with all present representatives of cultural ministries, city administrations and cultural policy experts 

15.00 – 15.45 Imagining new dance spaces with Dragana Alfirević, Marko Milić, Aleksandar Georgiev, Milan Marković, Aleksandra Janeva Imfeld 

Imaginary travel to the future of dance 

15.45 – 16.00 Coffee break 

16.00 – 17.00 Reality check on dance spaces with Rok Vevar (Ljubljana), Angelina Georgieva (Sofia), Gisela Mueller (Berlin), Violeta Kachakova (Skopje), Selma Banich (Zagreb), tbc (Bucharest), tbc (Belgrade/Novi Sad) 

Presentation of the current situation with dance centers in the Balkan region 

17.00 – 17.45 Discussion, moderator Marko Pejovic 

18.00 – 19.30 Dinner, Gallery space in Kraljevica Marka 8 

20.00 Scrape, performance by Jovana Rakić, Bitef Theater 

After-talk with artists / moderated by Igor Koruga 

22.30 A libretto dedicated to workers trying to reclaim abandoned industrial facilities, public listening of radio drama by Bojan Djordjev, Magacin 



October 21

11.00 – 11.30 Pleasant moving with Dušan Murić in the dance studio 

11.30 – 13.00 Temporary parliament for dance, Cultural development strategy and contemporary dance in Serbia, a performative discussion moderated by Igor Koruga / Station 

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch in the gallery space, Kraljevica Marka 8 

14.00 – 15.00 A tour through contemporary dance in Europe 

Overview of contemporary dance development in the last 30 years and its cultural, social, political and economic impacts. 

15.00 – 16.00 Parallel sessions: 

- Is it possible to bring back contemporary dance to the Belgrade theaters? moderator Ivan Medenica, art director of BITEF Festival 

With directors of the Belgrade and Novi Sad theater houses (in Serbian) 

- Where to dance dance? 

Supporting contemporary dance for the international context,
moderator Kristina Kujundzic with international dance houses’ and international funding bodies’ representatives 

16.00 – 16.15 Coffee break 

16.15 – 17.15 Feedback from the politicians, administrators and other guess and a wrap up of the gatherings, moderated by Ivan Medenica, BITEF, Marijana Cvetkovic, Station, and Ana Letunic, Critical Practice (Made in Yu) 

17.15 – 18.00 European Capital of Dance 20123 moderated by Stephan Stereff 

18.00 – 19.30 Dinner, Gallery space in Kraljevica Marka 8 

20.00 Thunderstruck, performance by Stina Nyberg 

20.10.17 - 21.10.17

Magacin, Belgrade (RS)

supported/organized by Station