Working sessions

Solutions and Methods!
Working internationally in the age of ecological crisis part 2
Working groups

In the age of ecological crisis, how should we prepare for a more sustainable future? Which methods should we use to change behaviours, and which are the first steps to be taken? A keynote and panel discussion have addressed these questions in the morning, now it’s time to go from words to actions and develop a few concrete proposals for measures to be taken by the dance community.

From envisioning sustainable international work to discovering what can be done right now, this collaborative  working session will deal with a few key questions/themes from the panel discussion and aim for concrete next steps.

All Stretch participants are invited to be part of the solution and all voices need to be heard; we will work in smaller groups and come together for sharing our solutions and implementation schemes.

This session will contribute to the further development of the keðja Sustainability Report (see below) and serve as an inspiration for the ecological and sustainable policy work of IETM.   

Moderator and group facilitators tbc.

It is recommended to prepare by reading:
The report produced during kedja 2012-2015: Recommendations for a Sustainable Nordic and Baltic Dance Field -report (2015)
Joris Janssens, Kunstenpunkt: Reframing the International  – on new ways of working internationally in the arts (2018)


How to build the perfect artist residency?
Roundtable session

Artist residencies are multiplying by the dozen and the formats are diverse. Some provide the artist with everything from working spaces and salaries to production and networking assistance; others merely boast with beautiful scenery and a roof over your head. Who are the different residencies really for and what purpose do they fill? What roles do these sought after opportunities play in an artist’s career development on one hand and on the other hand, what is fair in terms of opportunity and support? In the time of precarisation, why do we construct more and more residency programmes?

This dialogue-based roundtable session will rethink residencies from the artists’ perspective and focus on issues around sustainability, rights and responsibilities and ethical questions, such as hosting artists who travel with family members and when residencies can call themselves co-producers. The session will include presentations of residency programs and the aim is to identify some success factors for a sustainable artist residency.

Jesper de Neergard (DK), director, and Jeppe Hemdorff Nissen (DK), producer and dramaturge at Bora Bora – Dance and Visual Theatre.

Leena Kela (FI), executive director of Saari Residence of Kone Foundation
and others tbc


Working sustainably as an artist
Sharing session

What does it mean to work sustainably as an artist? Is it about career development and working practices, about artistic choices or practical solutions, or about the use of one’s resources in a responsible and effective way? Which are the preconditions for managing and nurturing your career and how can challenges be overcome? Sustainability from an artist’s perspective can be about all this and more.

This sharing session will look at how dance artists can think and work in a sustainable way. Dance artists Sari Palmgren (FI) and Steinunn Ketilsdóttir (IS) will present their own approaches to the subject and reflect on how sustainable thinking and practice has affected their work, well-being and outlook on being an artist in today’s society. After this the participants will be invited to pose questions and share their own experiences, thoughts and ideas on how sustainability can be implemented in practice.

Ólöf Ingólfsdóttir (IS) is a choreographer with a Master’s degree in culture communication. She is currently project manager at Dansverkstæðið – workspace for choreographers, focusing on long term planning and international collaborations.

Steinunn Ketilsdóttir (IS) is a dance artist living and working out of Reykjavík. She works multidisciplinary as a performer, choreographer, teacher, and organizer, both independently and collaboratively.
Sari Palmgren (FI) works as a freelance choreographer, dancer and dance teacher in Finland and abroad. She is working widely in the dance field: on stage, with immersive and site specific projects, in theatre, in different social choreography projects and with dance films.


How to make being a dance producer into a dream job?
Sharing session for producers

Nordic Circle of Artistic Management is an international network created for the development of production and management skills across the field of dance. The network spans all the Nordic countries, with partners SITE Sweden, Performing Arts Hub Norway, Project Centre/ Dansehallerne (Denmark), Dance Atelier (Iceland) and Arts Management Helsinki (Finland). In 2016–2018, the network has organized two mentorship programs for managers and producers in the dance field. Two mentorship cycles have included a total of 30 mentors and mentees from the Nordic countries. The mentoring program for dance producers is planned to continue in 2020.

In this sharing session, we will talk about the realities and possibilities of working as a dance producer. The knowledge, experiences and best practices of Nordic Circle mentoring will be shared with the wider dance community. 


EU Creative Europe 2021-2027 programme in the making
Info session

An introduction to the next EU Creative Europe programme for 2021-2027. What are the main points, the new traits and what should cultural operators think about when preparing for the new programme.

Riikka Koivula (FI), Senior Programme Adviser, Creative Europe Desk Finland


More working sessions coming soon!