Professionals Program

Professionals program

Welcome to the professionals program in Gothenburg on March 19-21 2020!

The days will be filled with talks, mingling and of course – dance performances! The program is for anyone working with dance, performing arts or culture for young audiences in general. Take this opportunity to meet other professionals and let yourself be inspired by three full days of dance.

During the professionals days we discuss issues like selection – what we present and why – and about research in the field of culture for young audiences. With a group of both international and Swedish guests active in the field, we hope to shed some light on good examples, listen to both facts and opinions and twist and turn the perspectives. Together we’ll hopefully end up a little bit wiser!


Program

Thursday March 19 – CANCELLED!!!

Talk #1 – about internationalization through programming and about creating a genuine ownership within the audience.

Gerhard Verfaillie, Artistic Director of the Krokus Festival in Belgium, talks about internationalization and what artistic choices this could mean for a festival. Paulien Truijen, co-founder and dancer with the Cie. Woest company, talks about artistic choices that goes beyond target group adaptation with a clear purpose of creating ownership within the audience.

The talk is moderated by Catharina Bergil and presented in collaboration with Folkteatern.

Time: 13:30 – 16:00
Language: English
Location: Folkteatern, Olof Palmes Plats, Gothenburg
Nearest tram stop: Järntorget (tram lines 1, 3, 6, 9, 11)

The talk is free of charge, but you have to register!

Friday March 20 – CANCELLED!!!

Talk #2 – about adapting without watering down and about the Thai performing arts scene in relation to the European.

Sue Buckmaster, Artistic Director of Theatre-Rites, talks about adapting Akram Khan’s Xenos into ChottoXenos for younger audiences. Adjjima Na Patalung, Artistic Director of BICT Fest in Bangkok, talks about producing a contemporary performing arts festival in Thailand in relation to a European context.

The talk is moderated by Catharina Bergil and presented in collaboration with Folkteatern.

Time: 12:00 – 15:00
Language: English
Location: Folkteatern, Olof Palmes Plats, Gothenburg
Nearest tram stop: Järntorget (tram lines 1, 3, 6, 9, 11)

The talk is free of charge, but you have to register!

Late-night meeting point
Take the opportunity to meet old colleagues and new acquaintances over a glass and a bite to eat. The official “late-night meeting point” of the festival is the gastro pub Station Linné, right by Linnéplatsen.

Time: from 20:00 – late…
Location: Station Linné, Linnéplatsen 9, Gothenburg
Nearest tram stop: Linnéplatsen (tram lines 1, 2, 6)

Saturday March 21 – CANCELLED!!!

Talk #3 – about queer perspectives in performing arts for young audiences and about the importance of representation.

Sandra Grehn, Postgraduate in Literature focusing on Theatre Studies at the University of Gothenburg, talks about representation using what discourses, narratives and bodies there are in performing arts for young audiences today as her starting point. Peter Sunesson, Producer for the Salto! Festival in Skåne, talks about non-normative and queer perspectives in performing arts for young audiences.

The talk is moderated by Catharina Bergil.

Time: 14.00 – 17:00
Language: English
Location: Konstepidemin, Hus 10, Carl-Erik Hammaréns backe, Gothenburg
Nearest tram stop: Linnéplatsen (tram lines 1, 2, 6)

The talk is free of charge, but you have to register!

Mingle
In connection to the talk on Saturday March 21, we’re hosting a mingle! Here we want to take the opportunity to invite everyone who’s attended these days – both participants and audience – and the artists, dancers, choreographers and producers who performs in or work with the festival performances, as well as representatives from the local and regional dance community. There will be some lighter snacks to eat and something to drink and perhaps also a surprise or two. Hope to see you there!

Before the mingle starts, we take a tour of Konstepidemin. Here we learn more about Sweden’s largest artist run artist cluster. We hear about the history of the area, perhaps we get to peek into someone’s s studio and just enjoy the atmosphere, guided by Big Wind who has their work facilities at the area.

The mingle is presented in collaboration with Förvaltningen för kulturutveckling, Västra Götalandsregionen. The tour is presented in collaboration with Konstepidemin.

Time: 17:00 – 18:00 (approx..)
Location: Konstepidemin, Hus 10, Carl-Erik Hammaréns backe, Gothenburg
Nearest tram stop: Linnéplatsen (tram lines 1, 2, 6)

The mingle is free of charge but you have to register!

Late-night meeting point
Take the opportunity to meet old colleagues and new acquaintances over a glass and a bite to eat. The official “late-night meeting point” of the festival is the gastro pub Station Linné, right by Linnéplatsen.

Time: from 20:00 – late…
Location: Station Linné, Linnéplatsen 9, Gothenburg
Nearest tram stop: Linnéplatsen (tram lines 1, 2, 6)



Participants

The participants of this year’s talks program represent various parts of the performing arts scene for young audiences. They are producers, artistic directors, dramaturges, directors, dancers and researchers and will present perspectives regarding representation, internationalization, gender identity, target group adaptation, artistic choices and much more. Here you can read a bit more about the participants and what they will talk about.

Gerhard Verfaillie (BE)

Gerhard became Artistic Director of the Krokus festival in Belgium in 2003. At that point it was an small annual regional theatre festival for young audiences that he then developed into the international arts festival it is today. The festival focuses on new artists and work, presenting 35 companies and more than 100 shows each edition. In 2015 Gerhard became the General Manager of the ccha – cultuurcentrum Hasselt, which is the main venue for the Krokus festival, and also became Artistic Director of HET LAB, a residential workspace for arts for young audiences.

Using the Krokus festival in Hasselt, Belgium as the starting point, Gerhard will talk about the choices that an international art festival for young audiences are faced with in order to remain internationally relevant. What are the thoughts regarding programming performances, art installations and the festival professionals program? What artistic delimitations, if any, decides what the program will look like?

Paulien Truijen (NL)

Paulien is one of the co-founders of Netherlands/Belgium based company Cie. Woest who mainly focuses on site-specific performances. She graduated from the Amsterdam School Of Arts in 2007. Since then she has worked across a broad field of performances ranging from film, opera, site-specific, street and theater. In addition to working with Cie. Woest she has toured with Erik Kaiel / Arch8 in performances such as Murikamification and Tetris, which won an IPAY Victor Award in 2016. Besides performing in and working with the business side of Cie. Woest, she teaches dance-theatre workshops and classes for children and youngsters.

Woest is exploring what it means to create in public space, both with and for young and adult audiences and performers. What does it actually mean to create for a specific age group? And should we really decide up-front whom our performances are best suited for? Paulien will talk about how they, by creating outside of the traditional theatre setting, build ownership by and for young people and adults alike.

Sue Buckmaster (GB)

Sue is the Artistic Director of London based Theatre-Rites, a puppetry expert and a fourth generation of theatre practitioner. Since 1996 she has directed 12 site-specific productions and 15 theatre productions for Theatre-Rites. She has worked with companies like the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Following on from the highly successful Chotto Desh, which Sue directed for the Akram Khan Company in 2015, she also directed Chotto Xenos for family audiences. In 2018 the University of Essex awarded her an honorary doctorate in recognition of her inspiring leadership in theatre direction and puppetry.

Sue will talk about how she approaches making and adapting shows for children, using the adaptations of Akram Khan’s Desh and Xenos into Chotto Desh and Chotto Xenos for younger audiences. She will also talk about creating work on not naturally child-friendly subjects like the refugee crisis, the banking crisis and neuroscience for her company Theatre-Rites.

Adjjima Na Patalung (TH)

Adjjima is a theatre director, curator and producer. In other words; a typical arts professional from Thailand, who wears many different hats. Her current role is that of Festival Director at BICT Fest and Creative Director at Arts on Location, a creative development organization. She has a background in visual arts, crafts and liberal arts. Since 2006, she’s been dividing her time living and working in Bangkok and London. Her wish is to utilize her experiences to generate more awareness among the Thai public sector about the benefits of performing arts for people of all ages.

Contemporary performing arts from Thailand is basically unheard of in Europe. Even more so when it comes to performing arts for young audiences. Yet within Southeast Asia, the Thai contemporary performing arts scene is considered one of the most active. Adjjima will share insights on what it’s like to produce an international contemporary performing arts festival for young audiences in Thailand in relation to her experiences of working in a European context.

Sandra Grehn (SE)

Sandra Grehn is a Postgraduate in Literature focusing on Theatre Studies at the University of Gothenburg. Using three performances presented at Backa Teater during 2009–2012 as her starting point, Sandra has investigated how axis of power like sex/gender, sexuality, age, nationality and whiteness all act in the dominant discourses and if and how these discourses are hybridized and reshaped through the actor’s bodies, the costume, choreography, mask, music, light, sound, scenography and in the interaction with the audience.

During this year’s talks program, Sandra will discuss representation using what discourses, narratives and bodies there are in performing arts for young audiences today as her starting point. But also how this affects children and youth’s perception of themselves and others. In what way can bodies in performing arts be said to have a double function as signifiers, when the audience perceive both the actor/dancer/musician and the part/movements/music that they stage, dance or play?

Peter Sunesson (SE)

Peter Sunesson works at Dansstationen in Malmö as producer for the Salto! festival. The festival takes place in October and is a yearly recurring dance festival for children and young audiences in Skåne. Presenting approximately 150 performances each year, the festival is one of the largest dance festivals for young audiences in Sweden and Europe. Peter has also worked with the selection for various festivals like Bibu 2016 and 2018, and he’s also part of the Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s working group for dance and circus.

Peter will talk about how we can present the non-normative in performing arts for young audiences. What expressions do queer perspectives get when we create performing arts for the young audience and what significance does representation have for children’s experience? A talk dealing with perspectives regarding the relationship between pedagogy and art, thematics and representation and gender identity and gender roles.

Catharina Bergil (SE)

”I work as the head of the performing arts educations at the Academy of Music and Drama in Gothenburg. Here I have the privilege of following the development of the students up close, as well as accessing current research in performing arts. I teach the subject Teater och samhälle (Theatre and society), where we discuss contemporary performing arts using notions like relevance, cultural policy and audience encounters as the starting point. For many years I worked as the program director at The Museum of World Culture in Gothenburg when it was brand new – also then focusing on current contemporary issues. And since several years back I’m connected to the Gothenburg Dance and Theatre Festival. Therefore I’m incredibly excited about the sharp Step program and to lead talks with exciting performing arts professionals from different parts of the world.”

Catharina Bergil will moderate the talks during all three professionals days.


Registration

The talks, mingle and other activities that takes places during the professionals days in Gothenburg on March 19-21 are all free of charge. Please note that this does not include the performances that are presented in and in the vicinity of Gothenburg. Tickets for the performances are reserved at each respective venue.

To register for the talks and the festival mingle, please fill out the form below!


Tickets

Tickets for the festival’s performances are reserved at each respective venue. Please note that the majority of the performances presented during the festival are school performances and thus not open to the public.

During and in connection to the professionals days in Gothenburg on March 19-21, we’ve reserved a handful of tickets for professionals to some of the school performances. These tickets are booked by e-mailing us at: info@stepfestival.se. Please note that it’s first come, first served. Tickets for public performances are booked through each respective venues ticket office.

Monday March 16

Förvandling
Big Wind | Sweden
Time: 09:30
Location: Blå Stället, Angereds torg 13, Angered
Tickets: free tickets are booked by e-mailing info@stepfestival.se

Förvandling
Big Wind | Sweden
Time: 10:45
Location: Blå Stället, Angereds torg 13, Angered
Tickets: free tickets are booked by e-mailing info@stepfestival.se

Tuesday March 17

Förvandling
Big Wind | Sweden
Time: 09:30
Location: Blå Stället, Angereds torg 13, Angered
Tickets: free tickets are booked by e-mailing info@stepfestival.se

Förvandling
Big Wind | Sweden
Time: 10:45
Location: Blå Stället, Angereds torg 13, Angered
Tickets: free tickets are booked by e-mailing info@stepfestival.se

En scen kväll
Time: 15:00 – 19:00
Location: tbc
Registration: tbc
For inquieries, please e-mail: mia.bjorklund@kultur.goteborg.se

Wednesday March 18

Förvandling
Big Wind | Sweden
Time: 09:30
Location: Musikens Hus, Djurgårdsgatan 13, Gothenburg
Tickets: free tickets are booked by e-mailing info@stepfestival.se

Förvandling
Big Wind | Sweden
Tim: 10:45
Location: Musikens Hus, Musikens Hus, Djurgårdsgatan 13, Gothenburg
Tickets: free tickets are booked by e-mailing info@stepfestival.se

Torsdag 19 mars

Förvandling
Big Wind | Sweden
Time: 09:30
Location: Kyrkbyns bibliotek, Kyrkbytorget 4, Gothenburg
Tickets: free tickets are booked by e-mailing info@stepfestival.se

Balancing Bodies
Cie. Woest | The Netherlands/Belgium
Time: 10:00
Location: Byalagsgatans äldreboende, Byalagsgatan 3, Gothenburg
Tickets: free tickets are booked by e-mailing info@stepfestival.se

Förvandling
Big Wind | Sweden
Time: 10:45
Location: Kyrkbyns bibliotek, Kyrkbytorget 4, Gothenburg
Tickets: free tickets are booked by e-mailing info@stepfestival.se

Balancing Bodies
Cie. Woest | The Netherlands/Belgium
Time: 12:00
Location: Byalagsgatans äldreboende, Byalagsgatan 3, Gothenburg
Tickets: free tickets are booked by e-mailing info@stepfestival.se

Professionals Program – Talk #1
Krokusfestival/Cie. Woest | Belgium/The Netherlands
Time: 13:30 – 16:00
Location: Folkteatern, Olof Palmes plats, Gothenburg
See above for registration.

Chotto Xenos
Akram Khan Company | Great Britain
Time: kl 19:00
Location: Dergårdsteatern, Alingsåsvägen 9, Lerum
Tickets: tickets are booked via via ticketmaster.se

Friday March 20

Förvandling
Big Wind | Sweden
Time: 09:30
Location: Biskopsgårdens bibliotek, Vårväderstorget 3, Gothenburg
Tickets: free tickets are booked by e-mailing info@stepfestival.se

Förvandling
Big Wind | Sweden
Time: 10:45
Location: Biskopsgårdens bibliotek, Vårväderstorget 3, Gothenburg
Tickets: free tickets are booked by e-mailing info@stepfestival.se

Professionals Program – Talks #2
Theatre-Rites/BICT fest | Great Britain/Thailand
Time: 12:00 – 15:00
Location: Folkteatern, Olof Palmes plats, Göteborg
See above for registration.

Natten
MYKA | Denmark
Time: 13:00
Location: Världskulturmuseet, Södra vägen 54, Gothenburg
Tickets: tickets are booked by e-mailing info@stepfestival.se

Natten
MYKA | Denmark
Time: 14:00
Location: Världskulturmuseet, Södra vägen 54, Gothenburg
Tickets: tickets are booked by e-mailing info@stepfestival.se

An Encounter
Jordi L. Vidal Company | Belgium
Time: 16:00
Location: Mölnlycke kulturhus, Biblioteksgatan 2, Mölnlycke
Tickets: free entrance. Tickets are booked by e-mailing hanna.uddenberg@harryda.se

Saturday March 21

An Encounter
Jordi L. Vidal Company | Belgium
Time: 12:00
Location: Ale Kulturrum, Vitklövergatan 1, Nödinge
Tickets: free entrance.

An Encounter
Jordi L. Vidal Company | Belgium
Time: 13:30
Location: Ale Kulturrum, Vitklövergatan 1, Nödinge
Tickets: free entrance.

Professionals Program – Talk #3
Göteborgs Universitet/Salto! | Sweden
Time: 14:00 – 17:00
Location: Konstepidemin, Carl-Erik Hammaréns backe, Gothenburg
See above for registration.

Professionals Program – Mingle
Tme: 17:00 – 18:00
Location: Konstepidemin, Carl-Erik Hammaréns backe, Gothenburg
See above for registration.


En scen kväll

Welcome to En scen kväll, focusing on dance for young audiences, March 17 2020! Come meet the city’s dance groups and enjoy dance performances for young audiences. During the evening there will also be a lecture and talks about dance for young audiences!

Step has started a collaboration with Göteborgs stad regarding the local showcase day En scen kväll, that for this occasion fittingly enough focuses on dance for young audiences. It feels great to able to present this in collaboration with Göteborgs stads Kulturförvaltning as a prestart of Step’s professionals program.

En scen kväll takes place at Stora Teatern in Gothenburg on March 17, from 15:00-19:00. The afternoon will be filled with local dance performances for young audiences, lecture, talks and presentations. This is also an opportunity to meet presenters, dancers, choreographers and invited guests of a light bite to eat!

During the afternoon you will be able to see Art of SpectraTension, Big WindFörvandling, Danskompaniet SpinnMiramos, Embla dans & teaterMotsatser, Fuse FamIdentity, Gilda Stillbäck/PossibilitasHerr Kattzon och Lilla Morrhår, Kompani Catapult#NEXTLEVEL and MYSKShakti.

There will also be a presentation from Lisa Spets from ZebraDans in Stockholm. Lisa will give a talk about dance for young audiences focusing on the actual experience.

The day is moderated by Nina Rajabi.

Registration is done through Göteborgs stads Kulturförvaltning.
Click here to register!

For any questions regarding the registration, please send an email to: mia.bjorklund@kultur.goteborg.se.

Time: 15:00 – 19:00
Language: Swedish
Location: Stora Teatern, Kungsparken 1, Gothenburg
Nearest tram stop: Kungsportsplatsen (tram lines 3, 4, 5, 7, 10)

En scen kväll is free of charge, but you have to register!


Information

Transport
The easiest way to get around in Gothenburg and Region Västra Götaland is by public transport. More information, tram and bus lines and timetables can be found at www.vasttrafik.se.

Would you rather go by taxi you can for example choose Taxi Göteborg, TaxiKurir Göteborg or Minitaxi .

The easiest way to and from Landvetter Airport is with www.flygbussarna.se that goes between the airport and Nils Ericson Terminalen every 12 minutes. The journey takes approximately 30 min.

Accomodation
The official festival hotel is Spar Hotel in Majorna.
Please state “STEP” when you book and you’ll get a discount on your reservation.

Venues
Folkteatern Göteborg
Olof Palmes Plats
413 04 Gothenburg
www.folkteatern.se

Konstepidemin
Hus 10
Carl-Erik Hammaréns backe
413 14 Gothenburg
www.konstepidemin.se

Tips on cafés
Doppio – espresso bar with great breakfast
Espresso House – chain with a good selection of coffee, juices and baked goods
Kafé Magasinet – breakfast, bagels, coffee and beer
Kastello – good coffee at a great location on Linnégatan
Steinbrenner & Nyberg – focus on pastries and amazing bread

Tips on restaurants and bars
Barabicu – pan american grill and awesome drinks
Brewers Beer Bar – craft beer and sourdough pizza
Dubbel Dubbel – dumplings and dim sum
Folk – food from the sea and the plant kingdom and natural wines
Indian Masala – classical Indian cuisine and affordable lunch
Jerntorgets Brygghus – craft beer and every-day food
Made In China – asian fusion dim sum with great lunches
Mellan-Rummet – smaller dishes that spans Spanish, Nordic and Indian
Mexikanska Monarkin – great tacos and frozen margaritas
Olssons Vinbar – amazing wines and a Nordic-French kitchen
Pustervik – lunch soups at legendary music venue
Ramen Ya – world class ramen
The Rover – craft beer, burgers and other assorted goodies
Saluhallen Briggen – anything from traditional Swedish food to a wine bar and great Vietnamese food
Station Linné – casual gastro pub with a large selection of beer from around the world
Sushi Sendai – simple and tasty sushi
Tvinky – modern Spanish/French with great wines
Zamenhof – a ”recreation center for adults” with all-day dining, craft beer, pokébowl and game room
Ölstugan Tullen – craft beer and every-day food