We live in a moment in time where dance cannot summon art makers and art lovers under one same physical roof. Where dance cannot be exhibited or practiced as it used to be. This is hopefully a short and temporary period. But in the meantime, my hopes and my efforts are geared towards building an alternative and borderless home to keep developing in a way that we will be able to serve the world at large with the tools that we have patiently developed through our daily practice: resilience, humour, drive and a long etcetera.
It is amazing what technology has provided us with over the last few months. We are in the midst of a re-invention of how we share dance and art. We are adapting each day, experimenting with new models. Little did we know that in our efforts to keep moving, we would suddenly be able to train with artists that we really admire, regardless of our geographical location or financial resources.
Thanks to technology, we have been able to connect dancers all around the world with the teachings of incredible humans. They have generously shared their unique approaches to movement and their wealth of knowledge and experience with us. As a result, our community remains connected, strong and inspired.
In these strange and uncertain times, we have moved to technology in order to keep us moving.
In the process though, we are at the risk of accidentally dehumanising those who we dance with.
We have access to this incredible wealth of wisdom and inspiration in the comfort of our living room.
But we have to acknowledge these 3D human beings are somehow reduced to a 2D figure on a screen. Their voices become muffled through their microphones. And sometimes, we accidentally lose focus, getting distracted by the technology that connected us in the first place.
Therefore, it is important that we do everything in our power to remind ourselves of the beauty of what it means to be human. What it means to be humans together.
Driven by the pursuit of creating our new dance home and celebrating our humanness, we are launching the first ever Towards Vivencia Summer Intensive.
The core purpose of this intensive is to keep training what makes us human as well as dancers. The artists that generously have accepted my invitation to this first TWV Summer Intensive are, above everything else, human beings who I greatly admire. They exhibit qualities that encourage and inspire me and their colleagues to play fully and wholeheartedly in the world. Willpower, humility, compassion, wit, honesty and curiosity. These beautiful people infuse every part of their lives and work with these values. And I know that they will encourage you to do the same.
Here is my deep gratitude to them for having said YES to this mad project.
Here is respect and admiration to the dancers who continue dancing.
Here it is for a future full of Dance, where Dance will be the universal teacher of what it means to be human.
If you want to faster, go alone. If you want to go farther, go together.
The TWV summer intensive is an extension of the dream we have regarding the future of the arts and arts management. We are doing even in our power to create a bridge between the dance community and the decision makers, so that our training, financial and creative needs are heard and met.
We seek to be transparent in how we operate as well as breaking down barriers to make the training dancers need accessible. As we pursue this dream, our models have continued to evolve, adapting as we need to make it possible. Therefore, for the summer intensive, we are taking our financial model to a new level.
When you go to register for the summer intensive classes, you will see that in order to secure your place, we are asking for a small fee per session. The fee is the equivalent of 5€/3-hour session.
If you are able to do so, please consider contributing to our fantastic teachers via our PayPal link below. Please make sure you specify your donation is for the TWV Intensive.
The total income will be distributed as follows:
Any spare donations will follow the same system of distribution between all teachers and team.
Introducing this fee means that we will be able cover the cost of running the intensive, paying our teachers and our team a fair salary for their time and hard work. However, we are still committed to supporting our community and removing financial barriers for dancers, relieving our participants of as much financial pressure as we can.
As we launch this intensive, we are looking for funding and sponsorships.
Our goal is to have the intensive subsidised by outside sources as much as possible. This means that whatever funding we manage to obtain will be used to either partially, or in the best case scenario, fully reimburse you.
If we secure 50% of the total costs to run the intensive from outside sources, we will return 50% of registration fees to all participants.
At this point, we cannot promise anything, except we will do our best to keep fighting for funding and will remain transparent with you every step of the way.
In that case, if you know anyone who could support us, please get in touch.