and contemporary dance
collide and new forms emerge
Dancing is a social practice, expression of a country history, of its tradition, value, change, and people. As performative art, dance brings an idea of the body, its social identity, its evolution from the past to the present, and transforms all this memory in a language made by movement. This process shows up in the theatre where an event expression of the soul of an entire community takes place. This means dance has the potential to be a channel able to establish in the people a common sense of belonging. According to that, one of the big challenges of the initiative Clash! When Classic and Contemporary Dance Collide and New Forms Emerge was to develop a Professional Empowerment Strategy to face together the issues coming from the three-macro areas of the project: Dancer’s Training; Audience Development; Marketing and Communication.
In these terms, we argue that a good training in dance practices allows a dancer to be present and aware during a theatre performance, developing like that a communication with the spectator based on kinaesthetic forms of understanding. As a consequence, the outcoming performance will be funded on the quality of communication with the audience leading it to learn and react to a precise language of movement based on the collision of classic and contemporary dance models; these new forms of understanding dance by the public will facilitate the operation of marketing and communication. Our reflection underlined how a way to face the Clash! issues consisted of putting the body, as a common site of knowledge, to the centre of the attention of this research project, providing strategies to give value to the social engagements and exchanges by dance practices.