Dance Laboratory Project
D_LAP is a research and development project that seeks to explore intercultural understanding, philosophical perceptions, technical and methodical approaches in choreography, dance and performance arts through stimulating critical discussions and practical exchange. D_LAP affords participating artists a rare opportunity to explore and expand ideas, as well as questioning and understanding the influence of cultural and artistic diversities. Establishing a transnational network between participating artists in supporting self-sufficient artists is a main goal, with the long term intention of creating greater understanding, tolerance and space for emerging cutting edge artistic work. D_LAP invites artists from different cultural backgrounds and regions, however it does not focus on cultural or national representativeness. All together the project seeks to promote and stimulate critical discussion about the arts while bringing attention to DIY-methods, artistic strategies and cultural persistence. D_LAP is an art project enacted by the setting up of a working space where differentiated parties can engage in the (at)tensions activated by the crossings of each other’s art practices, politics, ethics, cultures and daily life. A project therefore conceived as an ethical encounter, by the dwelling of a relational landscape, where differentiated motives, working strategies, tools and conditions may be examined, exchanged, and jointly developed. D_LAP invites participants from various artistic practice to reflect upon some of the crucial issues around which we build the conditions for living together, whether in art or daily life. These issues will be addressed and challenged in both bodily and intellectual terms, by the enactment of each other’s choreographic and performance practice, and a continuous exchange of thoughts and concerns. D-LAP is at first to be a knowledge generating project, which does not require an end production of a work from the participants. Nevertheless, an experimentation of ideas will be presented at the end of the program.