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Call for applications for the 2nd edition of the DANSATHON, the international dance hackathon

Project initiated by BNP Paribas Foundation and co-organised by Maison de la Danse de Lyon, Sadler’s Wells London and Théâtre de Liège.

This 2nd edition, will take place between 20–22 November 2020 in Liège, Belgium, in the Média Rives Studios of Radio-Télévision belge francophone, as part of the Théâtre de Liège’s IMPACT Festival.

Open to dancers, choreographers, designers, set designers, web developers, students, start-ups, producers and all kind of creators, the call for applications is open until 16 August 2020. To apply please complete this ONLINE APPLICATION

The Dansathon – a mixture of dance and hackathon – is a connected, international artistic meeting. It aims to bring multidisciplinary teams together for three days, to imagine the future of dance through a combination of new technologies (motion capture, AI, VR, video games, data, etc.). In the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic and prevailing social distancing measures, Dansathon is now more than ever an opportunity to envisage new types of dance.  Founded and sponsored by the Fondation BNP Paribas, the event is co-organised by the Maison de la Danse in Lyon, Sadler’s Wells in London and the Théâtre de Liège.

This year, the participants will reflect on the question, “How can dance be part of a society in transition?”. This is broken down into several themes, such as, for example, “High-tech vs low-tech”, “Augmented humans vs diminished humans”, “An energy-generating dance”, “Green Dances” and “Social-distancing dancing”.

For more information about the project click here or watch this short introduction by the venues’ Directors: INTRODUCTION

In respect of prevailing sanitary rules, the forty-eight participants will have appropriate resources and technological tools, as well as access to a digital-manufacturing lab and spaces in which they can dance and create in the best possible conditions. Coaches and experts will also be available to support them throughout the creative process for the entirety of the Dansathon. A team of volunteers will provide assistance with IT, coordination, design, etc.

Over the course of these three days, the teams will have to produce a prototype dance performance, a short creative piece or an installation that bridges different approaches. These creations will be presented to the public and an international, multidisciplinary jury (artists, institutions, leading business figures, multimedia experts and journalists) on Sunday 22 November.

The 2020 Jury will include:

  • Gilles Alvarez · Director of the Nemo Digital Arts in Paris
  • Es Devlin · Artist, Production Designer & Costume Designer
  • Claire Bardainne · Visual artist and Artistic Director of Adrien M & Claire B
  • Wayne McGregor · Choreographer
  • Michèle Noiret · Choreographer

If you have any question about the project or the application process do not hesitate to contact info@dansathon.eu