Gathering 154 artists, 41 projects and more then 50 performances, iDANS is Istanbul’s contemporary dance and performance festival. The renowned European dance prize Prix Jardin d’Europe is awarded within the festival and each edition there is a different theme.
Driven by the theme “at work”, iDANS 2011 examines to what extent each step in the realisation of art performances can be considered as “work”; how the notion of immaterial labour, as the predominant mode of production in current economies, is reflected in the conception, implementation and organisation of artistic processes; and how artistic labour contributes to and transforms economic and symbolic production.
Organized and presented by Bimeras Cultural Foundation each year around a curatorial theme, the conceptual framework of the 2011 edition of iDANS is determined as “At Work”. The program will feature discussions, staged performances, public space interventions and workshops as well as informal meetings in order to interrogate, to what extent each step in realizing a contemporary performing arts work can be considered as “work”; how the notion of “immaterial labour” as the predominant mode of production in current economies is reflected in the conception, implementation and organization of artistic processes; and how artistic labour contributes to and transforms creativity-centred economic and symbolic production.
In contemporary “creative capitalism”, we see the emergence of a new type of worker. Similar to a dancer, the “new worker” is expected to be endowed with mental mobility, agility, adaptability, flexibility, and playfulness and should continuously be engaged in the production, circulation, and distribution of images, ideas, affects, codes, sensations and gestures.
iKEDi was designed as a social creativity project parallel to iDANS in 2010. Continuing since March 2011 as a school project each month at two designated public schools, iKEDi will once more navigate the streets of Istanbul and will gather together people around creativity in 28 different neighbourhoods.
when: Sep – Oct 2011 (annual)
For more information visit: www.idans.info