DanceMe UP is a three year European Union Creative Europe supported project focused on creative / innovative dance/choreography and collaborative possibilities with media/video arts. TUAS’s Arts Academy will participate in this project engaging the dance and media arts programs’ students and teachers. The project is based on audience development via digital means which aims to build an international production-oriented network of ten innovative European organizations based in Italy, Germany, Finland, France and Iceland (plus one Associated Partner from Switzerland). The TUAS Arts Academy is the singular HEI/university partner in the DanceMe UP cohort, which also includes community dance programs, professional independent dance and media artists as well as an international dance festival.
TUAS Arts Academy’s dance program will host two dance artists, one from Iceland (fall 2020) and one from Italy (fall 2021) for a two week residency period. These artists will lead creative exploration workshops with Arts Academy’s dance and media student participants, assisted by Arts Academy dance and media artist-teachers.
In the spring of 2021, TUAS Arts Academy will also offer a 4 day “Physical Cinema / Screen Dance” led by internationally recognized Finnish choreographer/film maker, Hanna Pajala-Assefa. Participants will include our dance and media students/teachers as well as incoming DanceMe UP partners from Italy, Germany, France and Iceland.
Dance and media students and teachers from TUAS will have the opportunity to travel to Germany, Iceland, France and Italy for 4 day workshops which will focus upon a diverse area of applied artistic experiences. The students will create a number of collaborative video Physical Cinema / Screen Dance productions that will be presented at the DanceMe international dance festival in Italy during the spring of 2022.
TUAS will be responsible for issuing ECTS credits for the international participants in Germany, Iceland, France and Italy who desire such academic documentation.
In between these IRL actions the digital DanceMe APP will be used. The DanceMe APP represents a virtual space where the DanceMe UP participants present their own research to the audience, discuss and debate with each other by using texts, images, videos and music, helping the artists working with greater ease and more speed towards the creation of the final live performance.