Cancelled: Keđja presents STRETCH 2020 – expanding the movement

The Cultural Development Administration is cancelling Keđja presents STRETCH – Gothenburg 2020 on August 20–22.

This is in consideration of information and recommendations from the Public Health Agency of Sweden to events organisers regarding the current spread of the corona virus and covid-19.

Parts of the conference will be presented in other formats. More information will come shortly.

If you have questions, please contact Eyrun Thorhallsdottir, Regional Dance Advisor and Project Leader for Stretch 2020 in Gothenburg, e-mail:

A peek into the programme

The next Keđja presents STRETCH is in the making! Registration will open soon, and we are thrilled to give you a peek into the programme:

Jo Parkes
Jo Parkes is a dance artist and dance educator (Germany/UK). She creates participative projects: installations, performances in public space, events and videos. She is founder and artistic director of Mobile Dance, an organisation which works with socially engaged, co-creative, participative dance. Jo is a keynote speaker and will lead a workshop on participation and community dance during Stretch 2020. More about Jo Parkes…

Niels Righolt
Niels Righolt has a broad background and experience from more than 25 years in the arts field. He is director of the Danish Centre for Arts & Interculture CKI and has worked within a variety of cultural institutions over the years. At present Niels is a board member of the Danish contemporary dance scene Dansehallerne in Copenhagen and the Audience Europe Network. Niels is a keynote speaker and will talk about cultural policies and audiences at Stretch 2020. More about Niels Righolt…

Listening Party
25 youths will join choreographer Ásrún Magnúsdóttir and create Listening party. Listening Party is a party on stage, the hosts are a big group of teenagers, aged 13-17 years old. They play their favourite music. Sometimes they sing along or dance along or cry along or whatever. They talk about their music and about themselves, ideas, worries, thoughts and dreams. They hang out, listen to music together and listen to each other with their audience. They support each other, celebrate each other and their teenage years. The stage is theirs, the words are theirs, they have the power – even though it’s just during the show – it’s their party and they do whatever they want. More about Ásrún Magnúsdóttir…

Gothenburg Dance and Theatre Festival takes place from 21st to 29 August – so you can enjoy lots of performances parallel with the Stretch Encounter. More about the festival…

Travel to Gothenburg – in the heart of Scandinavia, on the West Coast of Sweden. It’s easy to travel there in an environmental friendly way – by railway, bus or sea. More about travelling to Gothenburg…

When planning your trip to Gothenburg, we strongly recommend arriving in Gothenburg on Wednesday 19th and departing on Sunday 23rd. Thursday 20th of August through Saturday 22nd will be full programme days.

Save the date: Keđja presents STRETCH 20–22 Aug 2020

We create art to open opportunities for a dialogue with the world.
How can we keep expanding that conversation?

The theme of the Encounter is Expanding the movement and it addresses the relationship between art and society, participation, community art, dramaturgy, communication, international work, film as a tool, touring and audiences.

Professionals from all over the dance field will gather in Gothenburg, Sweden, for talks, discussions, workshops, morning classes, performances and to network with colleagues.

The registration was planned to open in March, but is postponed. The reason behind is the current outbreak of coronavirus disease. We will keep you updated as soon as we have more information.

Welcome to Gothenburg and the Region of Västra Götaland!

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Eyrun Thorhallsdottir, Regional Dance Advisor and Project Leader for Stretch 2020 in Gothenburg

Organised by Kultur i Väst (Cultural Development Administration Region Västra Götaland from 1 January 2020) in collaboration with Gothenburg Dance and Theatre Festival, the City of Gothenburg, The Museum of World Culture and NorrlandsOperan. With the support of Nordic Culture Fund, Nordic Culture Point and Region Västra Götaland.

Thank you & stay tuned for Stretch 2020 Gothenburg!

Stretch 2019 Turku. Photo: Aleksi Telilä

Keðja presents: Stretch 2019 attracted 254 dance professionals from several countries to Turku, Finland, during four entire days in last October. The event offered an abundant programme with three keynote lectures, 17 workshops, five different morning classes, 11 dance performances by local companies and artists plus the New Performance Turku festival programme, dance films, parties and gatherings.

A selection of reports and notes and Ben Twist’s keynote about arts in the age of ecological crisis can be found here.

Stretch united dance people from Nordic & Baltic countries, Scotland, Slovenia, Belgium, Germany, France, UK and USA, who had come to Turku to network, to make new connections, increase their knowledge and get inspiration. They were choreographers, dancers, freelancers, producers, directors, dance critics, teachers, students, researchers, administrators and people working for different dance organizations.

See our photo gallery.

These Nordic-Baltic encounters for dance professionals have been organised since 2008. We were happy to see that lots of new friends found their way to Turku: for two thirds of participants this was the first Keðja event they attended.

The significance of the encounters for the international dance community is evident. It’s an exceptional opportunity to stop to think and reflect, share knowledge, and inspire each other. 

“The amount of ‘humility’ and how people listened to each other was impressive. Also the mixture of perspectives was good,” commented one of the participants.

 “You do not always have to think about problems or issues by yourself. Sharing is caring.” 

“It gave me more hope for the future as being a dance artist,” answered one attendant when asked what the most important lesson learned from the Stretch event was. 

The impact of Stretch has been important also locally. “After two years of Stretch-related partnership discussions, the Regional Dance Centre of Western Finland is now known locally as a solid collaboration partner and the dance field is more visible than ever,” says Sanna Meska, director of the Regional Dance Centre.

Stay tuned!

The next Stretch encounter will be organised in August 2020 in Gothenburg, Sweden, under the theme ‘Expanding movement’ – participation, community dance, audiences. Follow Stretch on Facebook or Instagram and be the first to get the programme and registration news.

Contact: Eyrun Thorhallsdottir, Kultur i Väst: eyrun.thorhallsdottir[at]

Full programme and schedule released!

Photo: Vesa Loikas Photography

The full programme and schedule of Stretch Turku is now released – hooray!
Download your own copy and schedule here.

What does working in the dance field look like nowadays? How is it changing and how can we develop the working culture in a more sustainable direction? What role does dance play in the society? Inspiring discussions and encounters, morning classes and new perspectives on working in the dance field – Stretch is an international dance encounter for all dance professionals, from artists and dancers to producers, managers and pedagogues.

Sign-ups and ticket sales will open already on 5th of September so stay tuned for further instructions!

The very last call for registrations!
In order to take part in the programme, you need to be registered.
REGISTER HERE by 2nd of September.

The Stretch Turku dates are 17th to 20th of October 2019 – be sure to arrive already the 16th!

Registration extended to 2nd September!

Photo: Uupi Tirronen

Time and support for your professional growth – register now to Stretch Turku! Inspiring conversations, inspirational meetings, morning classes and new perspectives for working in the field of dance. Stretch Turku welcomes all dance professionals from choreographers and dancers to producers and managers to Finland in October.

What does working internationally mean in times of climate change? What does it mean to work sustainably as an artist? What can cooperation between artists and producers look like? These are few of the questions we throw in the air. On top of these we will tackle the issues of coaching, content marketing, creating service concepts and much more. Stretch Turku will address these questions and topics in keynotes and panel discussions but we also work together in workshops to find concrete solutions for them. All this to support the daily life of dance professionals.

The full program and timetable will be published on the week 35 and the registration is open until the 2nd of September. There are already over 120 dance professionals registered so be quick and book your spot now! Read more and register here. The registration fee is 40 € (VAT 0%) per person.

Be sure to follow Stretch on Facebook and Instagram.

P.S. New Performance Turku Festival is an international festival for performance and live art taking place in Turku at the same time with Stretch. More information about the festival can be found here.

New programme releases and schedule out!

kedjaMariehamn 2014 © Uupi Tirronen

Summer is here and so are the new programme releases for Stretch 2019 Turku – check this out!

An array of working sessions and practical workshops will deal with various subjects such as artist residencies, coaching methods, contextualisation and dance dramaturgy, leadership, collaborative work, sustainability, the relationship between artists and producers, content marketing, mapping your work process etc.

The exciting speakers include Alison Tickell, founder of Julie’s Bicycle (UK) that supports the creative community to act on climate change and environmental sustainability. Alison Tickell’s keynote is brought to us via video conferencing.

Have a look at the schedule overview and get ahead with planning your trip. Thursday 17th through Saturday 19th will be full programme days, so we strongly recommend arriving in Turku on Wednesday 16th and departing on Sunday 20th.

See the updated programme and schedule overview here and register to Stretch Turku here.

Keðja presents: Stretch 2019 Turku is an international encounter in October, open for dance professionals from Nordic, Baltic and European countries.

The main theme of the Stretch 2019 Turku programme is Expanding Professionalism. The focus is on capacity building and acquiring new skills, new working models and better communication about dance. All these are key issues when developing the dance field toward a more sustainable direction. These themes will be dealt with through talks and discussions, workshops, sharing sessions and roundtables.

Registration for Stretch 2019 is now OPEN!

Professionals from all over the dance field will gather in Turku for discussions, workshops, morning classes and to network with international colleagues. The encounter continues the activities of the Nordic-Baltic dance network keđja.

keđja presents: Stretch 2019 Turku is held on 17–20.10.2019. The theme for this international encounter for dance professionals is Expanding Professionalism. It addresses professional practices of dance artists now and in the future, international work and sustainability, the possibilities of residences ja the relationship between art and the societal context.

Stretch 2019 will include speakers and participants from the Nordic and Baltic countries but also from other European countries, such as Germany, Slovenia and Scotland. The programme will include social events, workshops, morning classes and performances by local artists in the evenings. The aim is to develop your skills, improve communication about dance, and find new ways to operate.  

We welcome all professionals and students from the field of dance: from choreographers and dancers to producers and managers.

The registration for the encounter has opened on March 29th.


You may register one or several people at once. The registration fee is 40 € (VAT 0%) per person and the payment is made during registration.

First pieces of the Stretch programme published!

keðja presents: Stretch Turku
17-20 October 2019

The main theme of the encounter is Expanding Professionalism and the focus will be on capacity building and acquiring new skills, new working and operating models and better communication about dance. All these are key issues when developing the dance field toward a more sustainable direction.

These themes will be dealt with through talks and discussions, workshops, sharing sessions and roundtables. 

See the programme here!

Thursday 17th through Saturday 19th will be full programme days, so we strongly recommend arriving in Turku on Wednesday 16th and departing on Sunday 20th.
More information on practical arrangements and traveling here.

In order to take part in the programme, you need to be registered.

Register to Stretch Turku here.

Stretch 2019 announces the opening key note!

Stretch 2019 – expanding professionalism is an international encounter for dance professionals that aims to tackle professional, structural and operational issues in the dance field. The themes are discussed in lectures, panels, working groups and workshops.

The opening key note is given by Dr Kai Lehikoinen, Director of CERADA Center for Educational Research and Academic Development in the Arts at Uniarts Helsinki. He is also Vice-Director of ArtsEqual research project and Team Leader for the research group Arts in Health, Welfare & Care. Lehikoinen’s academic work includes publications on dance analysis, competence analysis and curriculum development in artistic boundary work, and expanding professionalism in the arts.

Lehikoinen says that Stretch is needed because brings new ways of operating and better communication about dance into discussion. “In-depth artistic knowledge and versatility are important to people working in the field of dance. But we also need better insight when it comes to other professional skills and communicating about dance”, Lehikoinen states. “Discussing the development of dance professions is necessary within the field and more generally in relation changes in the world of work.”

Stretch 2019 brings the dance community from all Nordic countries and beyond come together to discuss, share best practices, give new ideas and network. The program includes performances, morning classes and social gatherings with opportunities for networking and peer support.

Stretch 2019 is held in Turku, Finland from 17th to 20th of October.

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