The danceWEB Scholarship Programme 2012 welcomed 67 emerging dancers and choreographers from 40 countries in Vienna to follow a further training program in the field of contemporary dance and performance in the frame of ImPulsTanz - Vienna International Dance Festival from July 11 – August 15, 2012 (View the single scholarship recipients 2012 at www.jardindeurope.eu)

The 1023 applications, registered by mid December 2011, were evaluated by an Artistic Committee, the final selection being in the hands of this year danceWEB mentors Benoît Lachambre (CA) and Robin Poitras (CA), who accompanied the scholarship holders throughout the five weeks of this intense program. Europe’s biggest festival for contemporary dance being the frame of danceWEB 2012, the scholarship holders had the unique opportunity to compose their individual schedules based upon their artistic needs and chose out of 212 workshops and research projects and 54 performances, offered by ImPulsTanz. During the first and the last three days of danceWEB 2012, the scholarship participants were engaged in group activities solely open to them and designed by the mentors, following the purpose of creating a group feeling and dynamic that was all the more important as only little boundary points amongst the so called “danceWEBbers” could be expected due to the individual and therefore different schedules they were all going to follow.
Robin Poitras worked on a public space performance with the group, that played with and should evoke audience involvement, the audience being some random pedestrians on the street. This 2 – 3 hours tour through the Viennese city happened during the last days of danceWEB 2012. Another extra activity was an injury prevention session led by Somatic Move Therapist Dieter Rehberg, who proposed a system of partnership where couples gathered in daily exchange of their body experiences during the festival, with the aim to raise awareness of one own’s physical state in order to prevent injuries.
Two further group gatherings happened throughout the five weeks, the so called danceWEB Salons, equally designed by the mentors. The evening salon happened in the format of an international food evening where the idea of creating an atmosphere for multicultural, cross-boarder exchange of knowledge and ideas was met by the call upon the scholarship holders to bring typical dishes and drinks from their respective countries. The second, all day Salon met the request of having the opportunity to show each other work, being it live or on video, something they currently worked on or an already elderly work. Due to the numerous works signed up for presentation, this format was repeated during the last days of the scholarship program.

In cooperation with the Haus der Europäischen Union, danceWEB organised a reception to which funding and partner institutions and diplomatic representatives of the represented countries were invited to meet the scholarship recipients. This evening of encounters was followed by the mutual attendance of the ImPulsTanz performance “Il faut qu’une porte…” by Manuel Legris & Guests in the Viennese Burgtheater. danceWEB is proud of the attendance of, amongst others, the President of the Austrian parliament Barbara Prammer, the ambassadors from Turkey H.E. Ayse Sezgin and Egypt H.E. Khaled Abdelrahman Abdellatif Shamaa, Deputy Chief of Mission from the US embassy Christopher Hoh, the board member of the Rudolf Nureyev Foundation Prudence Skene, the Director of the Rumanian Cultural Institute Dr.Gabriel Kohn and the artistic director of Szene Salzburg Angela Glechner. This get-together evening reflected perfectly the higher aim of the danceWEB Scholarship Programme, which is far more than just a further technique training program but a kick-off for future collaborations by providing a unique platform for exchange and encounters and creating a wide-spread international network. danceWEB will follow the initiatives that may originate from the danceWEB Scholarship Programme 2012 with great interest and attention.

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