Dance Concerts are the new initiative initiated by TOGETHER ALONE in collaboration with SITE Sweden. Dance Concerts are imagined as a reoccuring happenings happening every first Thursday in the month of October, November, December; hopefully continuing through 2017.
Each Dance Concert’s protocol will be informed by the parameters of the specific practices that will be exposed in the concert. Protocol to be introduced at the beginning of each Concert.
Dance Concerts is a notion to be developed and defined through the practice of their continual creation and re-creation.
Dance Concerts are to stand for the opportunity for artists to gather in public and work – without having to justify working by ‘performing working’ or ‘adding value external to working upon working’ in order to ‘make the work viable’, i.e. interesting, valuable, shareable.
‘To gather in public and work’ means to ‘work on stage before an audience’; means to ‘share the intimate act of practicing, or studying in public’ – in which case the event ‘of sharing the intimate act of practicing’ is already the content, is already the point of the gathering and thus needs not further elaboration or justification. This is to say that ‘the material you’re working on’ needs no further elaboration or justification.
Dance Concerts want to offer the audience the kind of content that could be described as raw, or unimbelished, or unresolved. The kind of content that the daily life of an artist will be consisiting of.
Dance Concerts want to offer the audience the opportunity to see dancing that is interesting and boring, clear and puzzling, known and not known, intuitive and cerebral, introverted and introspective, performative rather than performed.
Inasmuch as Dance Concerts want to place into the public sphere the subtle, the fragile, and to a certain degree the intimate, the frame that is Dance Concerts will take responsibility to inform the audience of necessary protocols the purpose of which is to enable the kind of being together that will make possible the sharing of the intimate. One could imagine Dance Concerts being introduced to the audience as ‘study groups’, ‘safe spaces’.
One of the points of the protocol will be Moderated Conversations. The aim of Moderated Conversations will not be to give feedback! The aim of Moderated Conversations will be to by sharing observations study the event itself, study the assembly itself, and study the working and the observing, study the being together and the sharing of interests. The aim of Moderated Conversations will be ‘to practice empathy and the eventual passing of judgement consciously, articulately, smartly’. The aim of Moderated Conversations will not be to come to single conclusions upon which all agree, but will be to survive disagreement and be informed by it.
Hope to see you at Dance Concerts!
Pavle Heidler, organizer