Dance/Body at the Crossroads of Cultures. Conference. Dance Gate Lefkosia Cyprus

Modul-dance conference · Dance/Body at the Crossroads of Cultures 2011 · Dance Gate Lefkosia

The second modul-dance conference took place in Nicosia (Cyprus). Dance/Body at the Crossroads of Cultures was a celebration of multicultural meetings from different parts of the world, sharing dance and body as their common loci. Everyday life, artistic creation and academic research came together in an interdisciplinary dialogue. Internationally acclaimed theorists and practitioners exchanged their latest questions on dance and the thinking body. Contemporary dance was discussed as a powerful art form helpful in understanding the state of the world today as well as our role in it. The theme, location, timing, collaborating institutions and the discursive modes of the conference demonstrated Cyprus’ valuable contribution and potential as a  partner of international networks.

The conference located in Nicosia, a site of contrasts and a hub of constant transformation and exchanges, in close proximity to the Middle East that is often a zone of crisis and conflict but also of reconciliation and fertile exchange of cultures. Through presentations of academic papers, performances and informal exchanges during walks and meals, the conference brought to the fore key issues of identity, division and transformation; and connected  philosophical and theoretical discourse with the language of practice through inter-arts approaches.

The conference sought to provide an opportunity to bridge the gap between creative people who had been kept apart  for several decades, by the dividing line on the island, and for international and local artists to suggest ways of creating shared experiences in performance.


Thursday 16 June

9:00 – 9:30 h. Official Conference Opening. Chair: Eleni Drogari (University of Nicosia). With Michalis Attalides (Rector, University of Nicosia), Andreas Demetriou (Minister of Education and Culture), Eleni Mavrou (Mayor of Nicosia), Bertram Müller (President of EDN and director of Tanzhaus NRW Düsseldorf), Francesc Casadesús (Director of Mercat de les Flors and modul-dance project leader), Arianna Economou (Director of Dance Gate Lefkosia).  (At University of Nicosia, UNESCO Amphitheatre).

9:00 – 10:30 h. Keynote session. Chairs: Stavros Stavrou Karayianni, Dara Milovanovic. (At University of Nicosia, UNESCO Amphitheatre). Key Note Speaker: Rustom Bharucha, Reconfiguring the Politics of Interculturality in Body/Dance (At University of Nicosia, UNESCO Amphitheatre).

11:00 – 13:00 h. Panel Presentations, Session 1: Identity. Chair: Maria Hadjipavlou. Silenced, by Elena Agathocleous; Spiegel im Spiegel, by Fotis Nikolaou; Distant Land (the body is the place/the man is the land), by Machi Demetriadou Lindahl; Performance Writing: a multimodal investigation of body and word, by Christos Polymenakos. (At University of Nicosia, UNESCO Amphitheatre).

11:00 – 13:00 h. Panel Presentations, Session 2: Identity. Chair: Heather Rastovac. An Arab dance last spring: A Syrian case-study of the limits of Empires, by Maria Kastrinou Theodoropoulou; Iraqui Bodies Bald: Iraqui Contemporary Dance Embodies Butoh, by Jessica Dellecave; Beautiful Me & Desert Crossings: Piecing together a fragmented South African Identity, by Natalia Zervou; Perform D[ance], by Yiorgos Hadjichristou and Alessandra Swiny. (At University of Nicosia, UNESCO Amphitheatre).

17:00 – 18:15 h + 19:00 – 20:15 h. Performance: Collateral Damage. (At Kastelliotissa Hall)

Thursday 17 June

09:30 – 12:30 h. Performances: Chair: Karene Lyngholm. Julia Brendle, Improvisation No.17. Eleni Drogari, Of Apples and Other Forbidden Red Things. Natalie Heller, Me, Myself and I: Heritage: The Battle of Self Becoming. Machi Demetriadou Lindahl, Worthless Body. Sharona Florsheim, Cecilia Now. Fearghus Ó Conchúir, The Making of this Irish Body. Stavros Stavrou Karayanni, My Body is My Oyster: Of Dance and Other Miracles. (At University of Nicosia, UNESCO Amphitheatre). 

14:00 – 15:00 h. Keynote Session. Chairs: Stavros Stavrou Karayianni, Dara Milovanovic. (At University of Nicosia, UNESCO Amphitheatre). Key Note Speaker: Guy Cools, We Are All Carriers: On the Notions of Identity, Territory, Nomadism and Home in Contemporary Dance (At University of Nicosia, UNESCO Amphitheatre).

15:30 – 17:30 h. Pannel Presentations, Session 3: Division. Chair: Dara Milovanovic. Dancing Apart, Dancing Together: Dance as a Tool for Social Change in Communities of Conflict, by Rina Badash; Value and Representation in Contemporary Persian Dance Performance and Pedagogy, by Heather Rastovac; The Marketplace of Odissi Dance, by Nandini Sikand; Multicultural Ingredients-Intercultural Art, by Apostolos Apostolides (At University of Nicosia, UNESCO Amphitheatre).

Saturday 18 June

09:30 – 11:00 h. Panel Presentations, Session 4: Transformation. Chair: Nandini Sikand. Terpsichore Performing on the 21st Century’s Global Stage: Cultural Policy, Dance Management and Nation Branding, by Zafeirenia Brokalaki; Defending the Spiritless Body: White Immigration into Post-Katrina New Orleans, by Rachel Carrico; Wannabe, by Allahoo Performing Arts Company.  (At University of Nicosia, UNESCO Amphitheatre).

11:30 – 13:00 h. Closing Keynote Pannel. Interlocutors: Stavros Stavrou Karayianni and Rina Badash. Key Note Speaker: Rutom Bharucha. Questions and Answer session.  (At University of Nicosia, UNESCO Amphitheatre)

Event Details

  • Starting Date: 16-06-2011
  • Ending Date: 18-06-2011
  • Address: Dance Gate Lefkosia Cyprus, 3 Roupel Str. . Lefkosia (Cyprus)