Dance and Dance Education in a Digital Environment: All the World`s a Stage

Svebor Sečak, PhD, Associate Professor
Dean of the Alma Mater Europaea Dance Academy

 

Dear participants of the Conference,

we live in a post-postmodern paradigm with many faces. One of it has become an increasing issue due to the COVID-19 situation and life in physical isolation. It was named digimodernism by Dr. Alan Kirby: while in postmodernism we read, watched and listened, in digimodernism we click, surf, download and use smartphones for recording. That is why this is the right moment to dedicate our dance section of this year`s Conference to dance and dance education in a digital environment. We must provide an academic insight into all the implications that this new paradigm puts forward, as well as all the possibilities and limitations the new era brings to dance art.

 

Andreja Kopač, PhD, Assistant Professor, Head of MA studies

 

As in many other areas, the COVID-19 situation has had a key impact on the field of dance and dance education, which brought about new challenges and involuntarily “moved” it from spaces, intended for dance, to the digital environment. As the important factor in dance is a “space that breaths”, digitization in a way enables the expansion of dance spaces from dance studios to other localities, such as nature, industrial environments, urban centers, and other, yet to discover corners of display, which in turn reflect Shakespeare’s famous saying: “ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE.” As the saying claims, we shall not allow the situation to oust the dance culture but take advantage to create or find new spaces of display – both social and intimate – and perpetuate them with the assistance of digital contents; films, videos, vlogs, video records, methodological e-sketches, dance e-lectures. In short, various fields of dance pedagogy, dance creation, dance techniques, dance genres, as well as dance theory, philosophy, critique, and dramaturgy, should be re-connected, newly detected; they should address selected topics and thematic sets, and “illuminate” them in a way to reach a wider audience and address a “new” observer, who seeks “new” answers. Contents which open up a new space of dancing figure in all its dimensions are desirable, stimulating and inspiring, especially in the present society that craves creativity, expression, therapy.

Important links

 

Proceedings

Prispevki z dogodkov v organizaciji AMEU – Akademije za ples v letih 2018 in 2019

Invited keynote speakers

 

Keynote speakers abstracts

 

Dance videos gallery The art of cutting and joining

Modern dance through the eye of the camera

 

The project Contemporary Dance through the Eye of the Camera was created as part of the project On the Creative Path to Knowledge, at the Alma Mater Europaea – Dance Academy. It was aimed at connecting contemporary dance and the television medium. The cooperation, where business mentors, pedagogical mentors and students came together, was set up as an educational research laboratory with a final presentation of audiovisual work.

Choreography and dance: Neja Jeršin, Urška Centa
Director: Jan Bilodjerič
Mentor: Rosana Hribar

Choreography and dance Ajda Fabjan, Larisa Počič
Director Jan Bilodjerič
Mentor: Rosana Hribar

Choreography and dance Kaja Marion Ribnikar, Nataša Djurić
Director Jan Bilodjerič
Mentor: Rosana Hribar

Short dance movies Students of the AMEU Dance Academy in cooperation with the Creative School of Dance Film and Dance Theatre Ljubljana

 

The project Contemporary Dance through the Eye of the Camera was created as part of the project On the Creative Path to Knowledge, at the Alma Mater Europaea – Dance Academy. It was aimed at connecting contemporary dance and the television medium. The cooperation, where business mentors, pedagogical mentors and students came together, was set up as an educational research laboratory with a final presentation of audiovisual work.

Urška Centa: SOLEDAD / SAMOTA

Soledad / Solitude is a mirage of forthcoming social changes that the near future is announcing. Not knowing what the morning will bring is a premonition of threatening visions in which we can repeatedly, mutely observe the cyclical game of history. This is why we are dancing, announcing, waking up: as it is the new world!

Sara Janašković: Marta cut the last rose / Marta je odrezala zadnjo vrtnico

I received a visit. It was me, from another time. I have a hard time trusting the content of my thoughts, my behaviour, our group performances and what is and what isn’t. Let (e)motion speak.

Larisa Počič: A MOMENT THAT DOES NOT COME BACK

The new reality is time, when I discard the apparent layers of everything that I am no longer or have never been. I am wondering how simple life would be if I could live it with full awareness – that a single point in time I will never experience again.