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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