Foreign Bodies

Foreign Bodies project takes place between December 2014 – October 2016 in Bucharest/RO, Oslo/NO and Reykjavik/IS and includes workshops, coaching projects, conferences, residencies, productions and presentations of dance and film. The project is developed around the concepts of ‘foreign body’ and ‘periphery’ and arises from the partners strong intentions to contribute with their international expertise to an enhance of artistic mobility in a context in which migration it’s seen as an important phenomenon of the society.

Geographically situated at the European boarder, the partner countries are developing a cooperation project, which activities are addressing both dance specialists (artists and cultural facilitators) and large audience. The concept of ‘periphery’ is seen from the project’s perspective, geographically and economically, influencing the development of certain groups within the society, and also their access to education and culture.

The objectives of the projects are:

supporting artistic mobility, by expanding the possibility to develop artistic exchanges – workshops, residencies, coaching projects;

facilitating the access to culture by public presentations, shows, live streaming;

generating a better understanding on cultural diversity and consolidation of the intercultural dialogue, with a special focus on the ethnic minority of Roma people;

long-term development of the bilateral relations between 4Culture and partner organizations: WEE/Francesco Scavetta and Reykjavik Dance Festival, in the field of art and culture, with a special focus on cultural diversity.

Activities: Workshops | Reykjavik (Iceland): Halla Ólafsdóttir and Johan Moström | August, 18th – 26th, 2015; Dancing / Talking / Hoping with Zoë Poluch and Stina Nyberg | 25th – 27th, 2015; Mette Edvardsen | November 2015.

Coaching Projects in Bucharest (Romania):

o Dance Film with Simona Deaconescu

o Bodies in transition – dialogues at the periphery.

o Community dance 50+ | October 2015 Shifting Geographies in Contemporary Art – 3 days Symposium | Bucharest, April 2016. Creating (at) the periphery – residencies, artist talk, productions and presentations of dance and film

o Residencies and artist talks o Productions :4Culture Association will produce a performance led by Inger-Reidun Olsen, with a crew of 4 young Romanian artists.

o Film Documentary : 4Culture Association will produce a documentary film with the topic of ‘foreign bodies’, with a Romanian-Norwegian crew. The film will be available also on DVD and broascasted on the European Level, in various festivals and venues of the project partners (and their collaborators), in Norway, Iceland, as well as in 4Culture network partners from all over the world.

Supported by a grant from Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and the Romanian Government. In the frame of the Promotion of Diversity in Culture and Arts within European Cultural Heritage Programme, with the support of EEA Grants and Romanian Government.  Project co-financed in 2016 by AFCN.

Project promoter: 4Culture Association

Project partners: Stiftelsen WEE-Scavetta/Kipperberg Foundation (Norway) and Reykjavik Dance Festival (Islanda)

Media partners: Art Out, Ceașca de Cultură, Feeder, Getlokal, Orasulm.eu, Zeppelin, Zile și Nopți, Romania Pozitivă, Liternet, Online Gallery, Metropotam, Cooperativa Urbana

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