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SECONDHAND KNOWLEDGE RESEARCH PROJECT/ OPEN CALL FOR DANCERS AND CHOREOGRAPHERS

SECONDHAND KNOWLEDGE
RESEARCH PROJECT

 

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OPEN CALL FOR DANCERS AND CHOREOGRAPHERS

We invite dancers and choreographers to participate in a research project FREE OF CHARGE that will take place
at Dance house Lefkosia from the 30th of January – 10th of February. We are looking for creative and enthusiastic people who are in anyway active in the field of dance and choreography.

This workshop is a part of a larger research project, documenting different dance scenes around the periphery of Europe. We have already done this project in Acropoditi Dance Center in Syros (Greece), Borabora in Arhus (Denmark), and Reykjavík Dance Atelier (Iceland). Other future workshops will take place in Trondheim (Norway), Riga (Latvia) and Zagreb (Croatia).

During this period we want to document the influences and concerns of the dancers on each location. Together we will document how knowledge about dance travels to and from this location. We will make dance knowledge maps where the participants map their influences. During the first week we will interview the participants and discuss the concept of secondhand knowledge and it’s influence on the dance scene in Cyprus.

The second week will take place in the form of a workshop, for 2 – 3 hours per day, where we will work together in the studio of Dance House Lefkosia. We will reenact and recreate these pre-discussed influences purposely using secondhand knowledge to do so. We hope to end the workshop with a small showing for a broader public.

 

 

 

 

MORE INFORMATION:

www.secondhandkowledge.co

please contact: rosaomars@gmail.com
for any further information

HOW TO APPLY?

please send CV and few sentences on why you want to participate to: rosaomars@gmail.com

Before January 19th!

 

 

 

WHAT IS SECONDHAND KNOWLEDGE?
By definition secondhand knowledge is knowledge that arrives from one person to the other. It is not experienced directly but is mediated and gained without direct insight into the subject; it is subjective and relies on imagination, personal context and belief. In opposition, firsthand knowledge is considered empirical knowledge, perceived as neutral and objective. Secondhand knowledge is ‘second’ to the firsthand knowledge and is therefore often considered less worthy. Consider the ‘bar room’ oratorical tradition of referring to something you’ve ‘heard somewhere’ or ‘read somewhere’. In everyday speech this secondhand knowledge often has negative connotations. But we question if it is really of less importance, especially when it comes to art, than the so called firsthand knowledge?

The international dance history mostly speaks about dance happening in the ‘center’. Therefore we are interested in documenting the dance scenes that are happening on the ‘periphery’, not only to document what is being made there, but to understand how knowledge and influences travel between the center and the periphery, to question the hierarchy between and hopefully to de-centralize this notion of Western- Eurocentric dance history by giving focus and weight to different experiences and understandings of dance history as a whole.

 

 

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Árún Magnúsdóttir was born in Reykjavík in the late eighties. She has a B.A. degree in dance from Icelandic Academy of the Arts. She wants to stretch the dominant modes of dance and has created many works; which have been well received and some have been nominated for interesting awards, even received one, while others have not had a very high profile.In 2010­2012 she conducted a research on the Icelandic folk dance. She put her self up for renting in the library under the title ‘Rent and Artist’ and during loan she interviewed people on their relation to dance. The outcome of this research was a new Icelandic Folk Dance. She has therefore a great experience with working with different groups of people which will come of great use during this research project. Rósa Ómarsdóttir is an Icelandic choreographer based in Brussels. She studied dance and choreography at the Icelandic Academy of the Arts and in P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels from where she graduated in 2014. In 2015 Rósa received a DanceWeb scholarship to attend Impulstanz. She has made several performances with Inga Huld Hákonardóttir where they focus on sound production using various objects and look for different associations between sound and movement Radiodance and Wilhelm Scream amongst them. They received the Icelandic Theater awards for their duet The Valley in 2015. Her lates a production Da Da Dans was made for the Icelandic Dance Company in November 2016. Her work has been shown in festivals and theatres around Europe.

 

 

 

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