iDANS Contemporary Dance and Performance Festival, Istanbul

Bimeras Cultural Foundation

September 28, 2010

iDANS 04 – The New CosmopoliDANS
1-31 October 2010

iDANS Contemporary Dance and Performance Festival
presented by Bimeras Cultural Foundation
invites once more to creativity!

The Istanbul based interdisciplinary arts festival iDANS will take place between 1-31st of October. The fourth edition of iDANS will rock the streets and the stages of Istanbul with 154 artists, 41 projects and more than 50 performances. The festival will continue with additional events until the end of 2010.

Organized around the theme of “Cosmopolitanism,” iDANS aims to bring into attention the complexity, hybridity and heterogeneity of identities and to expose the multiple cultural affiliations of artistic practices. The festival program highlights the “choreographic” as a practice of cultural, political and affective negotiation and probes the significance of artistic expressions for a democratic public space.

An Overview of the Festival Program
The festival program presents some 41 projects including 5 commissions, 4 co-productions, 9 seminars and 8 workshops by the most challenging players in the field.

Critical Endeavor
Critical Endeavor is an educational workshop program for dance journalists, writers and critics that stems from a European initiative called Jardin d’Europe. It will take place between 18-31st of October 2010 as part of iDANS and it will deal with the questions, concerns, ethics and responsibilities of critical practices in contemporary arts and aims to achieve an informed, yet accessible, discourse on live arts. Internationally acclaimed dance writers, curators and critics will be mentoring the 10 participants of Critical Endeavor.

Prix Jardin d’Europe:
European Dance Prize for Young Choreographers is awarded within the context of iDANS

The “Prix Jardin d’Europe” is the most important project of the “Jardin d’Europe”, a network supported by the Culture Programme of the European Commission, developed by its 10 European partners─Ultima Vez (BE), CCN Montpellier (FR), Workshop Foundation (HU), Lokomotiva (MK), Station (RS), Art Link (RO), Cullberg Ballet (SE), Bimeras Cultural Foundation (TR), Southbank Centre (UK), danceWEB (AT). It will be hosted by Bimeras and the “Prix” will be awarded on the 31st of October to a dance production presented in the frame of an Emerging Works Summit. The jury will be comprised of the Critical Endeavor participants.

Giant Cats in an Urban Stroll

iKEDi is a social creativity project developed by Roger Titley and Airan Berg for the 2010 edition of iDANS. Developed for the general framework for iDANS, iKEDi emphasizes cultures of co-existence, pluralism and diversity with particular attention to Istanbul’s animals.

South African animation artist and designer Roger Titley who is known for his creatures for cinema and TV—such as the dung beetle and the elephants that marked the opening and closing ceremonies of the recent FIFA World Cup—leads the design and supervises the creation of puppets of Istanbul’s endemic animals. Large and small scale puppets will be created in designated neighborhoods with the local residents.

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