[DNA] Departures and Arrivals is an international project supported from the funds of the programme Creative Europe in which Station – Service for contemporary dance takes part as one of the thirteen partners from eleven countries. The project was initiated by a famous dance school from Brussels, P.A.R.T.S. (The Performing Arts Research and Training Studios), founded in 1995 by joint efforts of Dance Company Rosas and National Opera of Belgium De Munt / La Monnaie.
The director of the studio is the choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. DNA has tree objectives: greater number of young dancers and choreographers is granted access to existing PARTS education programmes via organising presentations, auditions and scholarships; it establishes new international, two-year educational research programme devoted to young dancers and choreographers that have finished their formal education; supports young, recently graduated, choreographers to enter the world of professionals through residential programmes, co-productions of their first works and presentations.
Within this four-year project, Station will coproduce four works of young choreographers form Serbia that graduated from University after 2008 and who are less than 36 years old. The project is a part of broader intentions of Station to fight actively against brain drain and departures of young artists from the domestic scene of performing arts. Thus, the focus is on the artists that have recently graduated from or are still studying choreography at prestigious schools of higher education in Germany (Berlin, Cologne, Giessen etc.). We consider that support after graduation and opportunities to work in Serbia significantly influence the future professional context of these artists. We want their professional context to be in Serbia not abroad.
During the first year of the project, Station will actuate a new play, the Return of Zombies Episode 3, by Dragana Bulut, choreographer and performer, who graduated from Academy of Arts (Akademie der Künste) in Berlin with Master’s degree in solo dancing in 2012. Author’s residence in Belgrade (October- November 2014) and further promotion of her work within DNA organisation will be supported by this project. In 2016, Station will organise and accommodate audition for local dancers and choreographers as a part of the new participants’ enrollment in P.A.R.T.S. educational programmes.
At the beginning of 2016, a shortlist of eight young dancers and choreographers from different parts of Europe will have intensive two-year support within DNA. This group will have their works performed around the Europe, their new works coproduced; residence, technical support and artistic supervision additionally organized.With this project, Station additionally buttresses the development processes of domestic dancing scene through activating the potentials of young artists, active inclusion in international scene and ensuring long-term partnership with relevant schools, institutions and festivals throughout Europe.
Partners of Station are, apart from P.A.R.T.S., Al Kantara Associacao from Portugal, CDC Toulouse / Midi-Pyrenees from France, Hebbel – Theater Berlin Gesellschaft MBH from Germany, Hellenic Festival SA from Greece, Kunscentrum Vooruit VZW from Belgium, Latvijas Jauna Teatra Instituts from Latvia, PACT Zollwerein Choreographisches Zentrum NRW Betriebs GMBH from Germany, Stitching moderne dans en Beweging from the Netherlands, MDT from Sweden, TRAFO from Hungary and Zodiak from Finland.
Yugoslav Theater Festival in Uzice and Desk Creative Europe Serbia organize the presentation of Creative Europe Program and discussion on the topic of European cultural cooperation and development of regional cultural and art scene, on 10. November in Small hall of National Theater of Uzice starting at 18 o’clock.
The presentation is dedicated to the representatives of all the institutions and organizations in culture from Uzice and places in the region – public cultural institutions, civil society organizations dealing with culture, education, science and research institutions, as well as independent artists, curators and cultural managers.
Presentation and discussion topic will be the European cultural cooperation: how the ideas for projects should be formulated, how and with whom to establish a partnership, where to find the new audience, why is the cooperation important, are some of the issues that will be discussed.
Bearing in mind that the interview is organized on the occasion of the Yugoslav Theatre Festival, a special focus will be placed on the question of regional cooperation and strengthening the regional art scene, and one of the major objectives of presentation and discussion is related to the enhancement of the cooperation and debate of local and regional actors in the field of culture .