During the Flavourama Performatory, selected dancers and musicians/DJs of the street & club scene get together on the stage of ARGEkultur to improvise and use the space as their performative playground.

Where: ARGEkultur, Salzburg, Austria

When: September 7th, 2023

Deadline for applications: May 19th, 2023

As the theatre world, especially in Austria, has its focus on classical and contemporary dance as well as music, the artistic directors Farah Deen and Olivia Mitterhuemer see it as their responsibility to support professional artists of street and club style cultures, to offer them a platform and to make them visible in the theatre. That is why they are curating a dance theatre evening for the second time: the “Flavourama Performatory”.

—We are looking for street and club dancers (hip hop, house, popping, locking, waacking, voguing, breaking and related styles), musicians and DJs (of the same genres) in solo, duo, or trio constellations. The call is for artists who are interested in the exploration of their performative skills and in opening new creative spaces. —

To respond to current discourses and the noticeably growing demand of various festivals and choreographers to show styles like Hip Hop, House Dance or Breaking also in a stage context, different artists will be selected to open new creative spaces together and finally create three improvised short pieces.

To test the codes of the respective dance and music styles, which were largely shaped by marginalized groups in the USA in the early 80s, in a new context, the selected artists will receive a workshop in interdisciplinary improvisation and instant composition by Nayana Keshava Bhat before the performance. Her many years of experience in real-time composition will thus merge with the conventions of street and club dance, or the music that goes with it, to provide the groups with a performative playground where no boundaries are set.

The day (Sept. 7th) will therefore start for all artists at 10:00 am with a workshop by Nayana Keshava Bhat, an experienced contemporary dancer and performer from India with an artistic focus on interdisciplinary improvisation. Within this workshop, she will share her in-depth practical knowledge of real-time composition with the participants, who can gain inspiration for their own freestyle practice from a new perspective.

Then, to connect what they’ve learned back to their own culture, there will be a conversation afterwards about the codes of hip hop and house dance cultures, asking how they can and will bring those codes into the theatre context and make them visible.

After a lunch break, the three spontaneously thrown together groups consisting of musicians/DJs and dancers will be given time to experiment together in the studio and develop a score for their later improvised performance.

– 10:00-11:30 a.m.: Instant Composition Workshop with Nayana Keshava Bhat
– 11.30 a.m. -12.30 p.m.: Discussion & critical engagement on the codes of street & club dances and how to make them visible in theatre
– 12-2 p.m.: Break
– 2-5 p.m.: free sessions in groups
– 7 p.m. Performatory Performance

Niki Awandee will guide the audience through the evening. An additional highlight of the evening is the solo performance “Black” by artist Oulouy (Aerowaves Artist 2022) from Barcelona. The piece is a reflection on violence and emancipation of blackness in today’s world through a body that is both wounded and celebrated.

The application deadline is 5/19/2023; all acts will be selected by Flavourama’s artistic directors Olivia Mitterhuemer and Farah Deen.

A basic technical set-up (incl. turntables/CDjs) will be provided; the performance will take place on September 7, 2023 at 7:00 pm at ARGEkultur in Salzburg.

Basic knowledge of English is required.

Unfortunately, no travel or accommodation costs can be covered.

All selected artists will receive a free ticket for the festival weekend (7-9.9.2023).

You are interested and want to apply?
Then fill out this form: https://www.flavouramabattle.com/open-call/

Note: Since the performance is based on improvisation, there is no need to send finished showcase/performance videos. People applying as a duo or trio do not need a joint video; individual links of each person are possible.

If you have any questions regarding the application, please contact lio@flavouramabattle.com.

We are looking forward to your application!

How to apply: in order to apply, please fill out the form on our website: https://www.flavouramabattle.com/open-call/

Contact details: lio@flavouramabattle.com

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