1000 words about the mobility of contemporary dance in ESTONIA 1 by lonyoo


									1000 words about the mobility of contemporary dance in ESTONIA

The two most important international contemporary dance festivals in

August DanceFestival – Annual internationally acknowledged
contemporary dance festival that contains works of choreographers mainly
from Europe. It is organized by Kanuti Gildi SAAL and its artistic director is
Priit Raud. http://www.saal.ee/en/arhiveeritud/180807.html

I.D.A. festival – International Dance activity. Festival is held annually in
Theater Vanemuine in Tartu. It contains both classical ballet and
contemporary dance, as well as dance movies, photo exhibitions and
video installations. Artistic director: Mare Tomingas.

There are also some other smaller festivals of contemporary dance like:

Uus Tants (New Dance) – Estonian independent dance platform, takes
place biannually in March (next 2009), the aim is to introduce the creation
of Estonian independent choreographers. Organized by Kanuti Gildi SAAL.
NoTaFe (Noore tantsu festival/ Young Dance Festival) – Takes place
annually in Viljandi, South-Estonia. Contains international summer school,
workshops, performances. Organized by Eve Studio. Director: Eve
Noormets. www.notafe.ee
Novembri tantsufestival (November dance festival) – annual festival in
Pärnu organized since 2005 by Pärnu Kaasaegse Tantsu Ühing (Pärnu
contemporary dance society) in the beginning of November. Directors:
Erki Melts and Jaanika Müürsepp. www.zone.ee/novembritants
Uue tantsu nädal (new dance week) – organized by Genialistide klubi in
Tartu. Mainly focused on Estonian productions. Organized in 2007 and
2008 in March. Starting from 2009 organized in January annually.

Contemporary dance is frequently also in the programme other festivals:

Eclectica – Interdisciplinary avangard arts festival held annually in Tartu
(at the same time with Draama Festival, the national theatre festival of
Estonia) and contains contemporary dance program. www.eclectica.ee
Baltoscandal – Most known international performing arts festival in
Estonia started in 1990. The festival is held biannually in June-July (next
July 2008) and takes place in Rakvere, organized by Rakvere Theatre and
Baltoscandal team. The main accent is on theatre, but the program
contains contemporary dance pieces as well. www.baltoscandal.ee
Nu Performance festival – established 2005 as international biannual
(next 2009) performance festival in Tallinn. Different locations.

Kanuti Gildi SAAL – the first production house that is devoted
exclusively to the genre of contemporary dance in the Baltic countries.
Presents and co-produces independently local and international
productions. Established 2002. www.saal.ee
Von Krahl Theatre – a theatre house and company in Tallinn in which
annual program is usually one or two contemporary dance pieces per
year. Till 2002 Von Krahl Theatre was the main venue for independent
dance. www.vonkrahl.com
KUMU (Estonian Art Museum) auditorium – black-box theatre-
auditorium used for dance performances mostly by Independent Dance
Association. www.ekm.ee / www.stu.ee

Some other venues are used for dance performances as well: Theatre
NO99 (www.no99.ee ); Kultuurikatel (www.kultuurikatel.eu).

Sadamateater (Harbour theatre) – black box of the Vanemuine theatre.
Used for their company productions and guest performances / festivals.
Other venues of Vanemuine theatre are also used for dance productions.
Genialistide klubi – small venue for independent artists presents also
contemporary dance. www.genklubi.ee
Athena centre – two venues at the new art centre in the centre of Tartu.
Sometimes holds also dance performances. www.ateen.ee

Black Box of the University of Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy –
used mainly for the student works, but holds also series of Contemporary
Dance Scene, 1-2 times in month, organized by University of Tartu
Viljandi Culture Academy and Eve Studio.

Küün of Pärnu Endla Theatre - black box of the Endla theatre. Once a
month series of Dance Sundays presents contemporary dance productions
organized by Pärnu Kaasaegse Tantsu Ühing (Pärnu contemporary dance
society). Also events of festivals are hold there. www.endla.ee

Occationally contemporary dance performances are organized in the state
theatres in Rakvere and Kuressaare and Culture centres of Haapsalu
and Võru.

There are no agents for contemporary dance in Estonia. Producers or co-
producers are taking care of the touring of their productions.

The most used rehearsal space is Kanuti Gildi SAAL’s rehearsal studio and
stage for independent dance productions. At the same time it is a home-
venue for these artists.

Also studios of the universities dance departments and private dance
schools are used.
There is a need for rehearsal spaces in Tallinn and other towns.

There are no official networks for touring and mobility in Estonia.
Producers and co-producers are responsible for touring of their
productions. There are two main production and co-production
organizations in Estonia for contemporary dance – Kanuti Gildi SAAL /
2.tants and STU (Independent Dance Association). They are dealing also
with organizing the touring and looking for financing of them.
In Viljandi and Pärnu there are independent organizations organizing
series of contemporary dance performances in their towns – Eve Studio in
Viljandi and Pärnu Kaasaegse Tantsu Ühing (Pärnu contemporary dance
Festivals in Tartu, Viljandi, Pärnu and Haapsalu are also giving possibilities
for touring.
Financing of these events are mainly coming from four different
local municipalities, Cultural Endowment of Estonia; local offices of the
Cultural Endowment of Estonia and programme “Theatre to countryside”
in the Estonian Ministry of Culture.

Foreign touring is often supported from Cultural Endowment of Estonia or
Estonian Ministry of Culture.

Financing of touring in Estonia is mainly coming from four different
local municipalities, Cultural Endowment of Estonia; local offices of the
Cultural Endowment of Estonia and programme “Theatre to countryside”
in the Estonian Ministry of Culture.

Foreign touring of Estonian choreographers or groups is often supported
from Cultural Endowment of Estonia or Estonian Ministry of Culture.

The organisers of festivals or guest performances can apply funding from
Estonian Ministry of Culture and from Cultural Endowment of Estonia to
invite foreign dance companies to perform. Also foreign cultural offices or
embassies can support these events.

During 2006 (last statistics available; from Yearbook of Estonian Theatre
Statistics 2006), 12 Estonian dance companies and choreographers visited
10 different countries. They gave 26 performances.

In Estonia we do not have an artist residence programs. Kanuti Gilidi
SAAL is working partly as a residency place for contemporary dance
artists and choreographers, but has a lack of room. There is a plan to
widen the artist work rooms in the future in Kanuti Gildi SAAL.

There is also a practise using alternative places for artist residencies by
finding rooms that are not working as residency rooms but are suitable for
working, though it is not used very often.

Kanuti Gildi SAAL and STÜ (Independent Dance Association) are the
producer or co-producer of most of Estonian independent dance
productions. Simultaneously they are responsible for these artists touring
Kanuti Gildi SAAL is also co-producing international works.
Sometimes some festivals are co-producing local and foreign productions.
State theatres are not interested in co-producing contemporary dance

Some companies having also foreign co-producers.

Estonian Independent Dance Artists Association and Fine 5 dance school
are responsible for daily dance classes, master classes and workshops for
professionals and semi-professionals.

Estonian dance scene consists of 10-15 active choreographers/groups who
are operating as production based. So there are several productions and
festivals, but there is a big lack of spaces for rehearsing and especially for
performing. Also there is lack of touring networks or other support
systems for touring and mobility and regional centres. This applies both to
national and international work.
Two dance organizations (producers, co-producers) are supported partly
by the Ministry of Culture.
Estonia has two ballet companies – Estonian National Ballet and
Vanemuine Ballet in Tartu.

Yearly 10-15 premieres by independent artists. Total audience number for
contemporary dance yearly around 25000-35000.

This paper is produced April 2008 by Eneli Järs and Priit Raud of Kanuti Gildi Saal.


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