WILDERNESS DANCE – a project from the keðja network.

First announcement: Call for applications starts on June 18th through www.kedja.net

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Wilderness Dance
Wilderness Dance is a unique residency opportunity for contemporary dance groups. The residencies will take place in 10 communities on the edge of the Nordic/Baltic region offering artists a platform to explore, engage, create and present work in close proximity to wild nature and local residents.

The Wilderness activities take place between January 2013 and January 2015. Wilderness is one of the largest programmes in the Nordic/Baltic region which has contribution to regional development through artistic creation, as a main aim.
Deadline for application is August 15th 2012.  

The Wilderness Manifesto

  • The vast Nordic/Baltic region is a unique source for artistic inspiration.
  • Wilderness brings areas on the edge into the limelight as partakers in a strong contemporary dance project.
  • Wilderness contributes to the public debate about the future of Nordic peripheral communities.

Wilderness believes

  • In the power of the ARTS in the force of ART for regional development
  • That ART is indispensable for the quality of life in all communities.

Wilderness offers 

  • Two 21-day residencies in 2 different communities in 2 of the Wilderness countries – in total 42 days.
  • Travel, accommodation and subsistence for up to 5 artists  during each residency
  • A fee of € 1.300 per artist and up to € 3.000 towards production costs.
  • An opportunity to engage with and be inspired by various local resources, events, circumstance and last but not least – its people.

During the 1st residency artistic group will be asked to give the local community an insight in to their artistic development during the period.
At the end of the 2nd residency the artistic group is expected to give a presentation of their artistic work.

The criteria’s for application

  • A Nordic/Baltic identity. The call is open to artistic groups from all of the 8 Nordic and Baltic countries. The group / majority of artists in the group either have to live and work in the Nordic/Baltic region or have a close professional relationship with it. We will not ask for individuals passports.
  • A genuine interest to engage with the local community. See the descriptions of each community.
  • The proposed artistic idea has a clear focus on contemporary dance.  The artistic group can be composed of artists from various genres.

The Wilderness partners are committed to bring contemporary dance to the “edge” and have a strong belief in the power of arts for regional development. We  are looking for artists who see it as an opportunity to adapt to different circumstances than those provided in the metropolitan areas.

The 10 artistic groups will be selected by the Wilderness partners. 5 groups, one from each of the 5 Wilderness countries will be chosen. The other 5 groups can be from any of the 8 Nordic and Baltic countries.

The Residencies
The residency period starts in January 2013 and ends in May 2014. Once the residency period reaches its end, the Wilderness partners will select some of the artistic projects for presentation at keðja events and/or other possible presentation platforms.

In the menu you find information, photos and video presentations of the 10 residency communities. The two 21 day residencies have been pre-matched/combined by the Wilderness partners. Check here for details.

Registration Form
Please study all information well, including videos from all countries (be patient, some load up a bit slowly) and the pre-matched combinations before you fill in the registration formYou will be asked to select your 1st , 2nd and 3rd choice of matched residency places.  Make sure you are available for the requested choices, periods of residencies are non-negotiable. Please note that artistic groups should not choose a residency in their own home country.
Example: Groups from Iceland – with an Icelandic national identity should NOT choose residency options within Iceland.

Contact for keðja Wilderness
Asa Richardsdóttir [email protected]

We look forward to receiving your applications!

The keðja Wilderness Dance partners in
Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Latvia and Norway