Within Practice is a festival for contemporary dance practices. Six choreographers, Kristin Ryg Helgebostad, Jennifer Lacey, Michikazu Matsune, Rani Nair, Will Rawls and Björn Säfsten, share their views on their ways of working through presentations and workshops. The festival is a collaboration between choreographer Björn Säfsten and Stockholm University of the Arts and aims to create a meeting ground between an ever-increasing dance audience, students and professionals within the field of dance. Welcome to a week of exploration of the term practice.The week also offers a format for sharing between and with everyone that takes part in the festival. This year we have invited INSISTER SPACE to create a stimulating democratic sharing format.
Creating Within Practice sprung from a desire to take responsibility for and provide an opportunity to delve into the various practices that exists as part of our discourse. Today many dance makers talk about their practice and the term has been so frequently used that it’s hard to know what it entails. Is there a risk that as the field grows better at communicating through a common language, that our popular terminology tends to become watered down? Take the different meanings of practice/practise/a practice; it is an incredibly differentiated term. It can refer to how one works with choreographic practice, e.g. through a leaf blower, footwork-based practice, a text etc or how one practices or rehearses dance and choreography. As we today within our field know that choreography can offer a perspective, deal with, create, stimulate, shape and transform almost anything it takes upon itself, it ́s varied aesthetics and expressions might make the term practice so varied that it’s hard for us to know what it really entails. Rather than reducing the openness of the term, the festival aims to create a larger meeting ground where a major part of our field can come together, explore and continue discussions.Using this as a base, we wanted to approach 7 artists and show the differences of their work, taking their specific practices as a starting point for sharing. Their workshops and practice presentations alongside with forums for everyone to share their knowledge would then be the structure that makes meetings happen. The purpose is to stimulate the field, possibly build a knowledge bank through shared action and giving a possibility for common references. A practising of the language within our field, the dancing, the talking and the sharing.—Björn Säfsten
The festival takes place in a few different locations during the week. The practice sharing sessions are held at MDT and höjden. The workshops takes place at Stockholm University of the Arts and the performance program is presented at MDT.Tickets and registration is available from 15 June 2020. Descriptions of the formats and contents for the six workshops will be released later this summer! As we all know we might not be able to meet live in October. If that is the case Within Practice will move online.
- Björn Säfsten, Initiator and Curator, Säfsten Produktion
- Kristine Slettevold, Co-curator and Head of Department of Dance, Stockholm University of the Arts
- Anna Efraimsson, Curatorial conversation partner, Theater director of MDT
- Magnus Nordberg, Initiator and Head of production, Säfsten Produktion/Nordberg Movement
- Anja Arnquist, Producer and co-ordinator Eric Ericsonhallen, Säfsten Produktion
- Karin Hauptmann, Producer at Department of Dance, Stockholm University of the Arts.
Within Practice 2020 is a collaboration between Säfsten Production and Department Of Dance, Stockholm University of the Arts, MDT and Dansalliansen. Special support provided by The International Dance Programme at the Swedish Arts Grants Committee. Säfsten Produktion is supported by the Swedish Arts Council, Stockholms Stad and the Swedish Arts Grants Committee.