Do we need more collaboration within the dance field on the Visegrad axes? What can we learn from existing V4 performing arts projects in terms of strengths and pitfalls? And a Visegrad Dance Platform? What good would it do (and to whom)? Is is mobility and collaboration that artists from the Czech Republic, Slovaki,a Poland and Hungary strive for the most? What do inspiring models from abroad teach us? Is Visegrad merely a financing channel or could it become a marketing label selling V4 dance across the world? To what extent is our field influenced by the current negative connotation of Visegrad in international relations? Does the artistic Visegrad with all its open-mindedness have the potential to redefine the negativism around the political Visegrad?

These are just a few of the questions that will be addressed within a conference entitled Visegrad Dance Platform? by 50 artists, arts managers, critics and dance theorists from V4 countries. The conference is held within the XXth edition of the Flora Theatre Festival.

VDP? online

Visegrad Dance Platform? is a project supported from the International Visegrad Fund. The project is organized by DW7 in partnership with L1 Association (HU), Centre for Culture in Lublin (PL), Truc sphérique (SK) and Tanec Praha (CZ).


FRIDAY, May 13

19.30 Gala opening of Theatre Flora festival
PRAEAMBULUM - Ingun Bjørnsgaard Prosjekt
Moravian Theatre Olomouc

21.00 Welcome drink
Jesuit Convict
Univerzitní street n. 3

22.00 Festival party (optional)
festival grounds
Jesuit Convict


9.30 Meeting of conference participants over morning coffee at Divadlo na cucky (Wurmova 577/7)

10.00 Official opening of conference program

10.00 – 11.30
PANEL I - Existing collaborative projects & initiatives in the field of Visegrad
Mapping out existing V4 collaborations. What are their strengths and what pitfalls to beware of?
moderator: Martin Bernátek (NIPOS ARTAMA / Arts and Theatre Institute)

Orsolya BÁLINT (Journalist of Vasárnapi Hírek / KÖM by L1 Association)
Barbora Ulriková (Stanica Žilina – Zárečie, Visegrad Residency Programme)
Ewan McLaren (Alfred ve dvoře theatre / Identity.Move)

11.30 – 13.00 Lunch

13.00 – 15.00 Good collaborative practice in different territories – inspiration for the Visegrad?
Good practice in different geographic regions. What is their cement? How do they operate? To what extent is the practice implementable in the V4 context?

moderator: Yvona Kreuzmannová (Tanec Praha)

Dragana Alfirević (Nomad Dance Academy)
Kirre Q. Arneberg (Ice Hot Platform)
Susanne Naes Nielsen (Kedja - a platform for the Nordic-Baltic contemporary dance community)

15.00 and later
optional attendance at festival shows
festival party

SUNDAY, May 15

10.00 Morning workshops / round tables

participants divided into 3 study groups
1. Needs of mobility within V4 – powered by Marta Ladjanszki (L1 Association)
2. Mapping (venues, institutions, opportunities) within V4 – powered by Markéta Perroud (Tanec Praha)
3. V4 Visibility – Jadwiga Majewska (independent dance writer, theoretician, dramaturge, curator, organiser, researcher)

11.30 Morning workshops summary + discussion

12.30 Conference closure