interactive dance performance for children 4 - 7
Concept and choreography:
Dalija Aćin Thelander (RS/SE)
and Keren Levi (IL/NL);
Music: Tian Rottveel;
Video: Assi Weitz (AT/NL)
Co-produced by: Arts Station Foundation, Station Service for Contemporary Dance (Belgrade, Serbia), Little Theatre Dusko Radovic (Belgrade, Serbia), Weld (Stockholm, Sweden), De Stilte - Theatre for children (Breda, Holland)
Supported by: Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland, Arts Grants Sweden, Stockholm Stad, Ministry of Culture of Republic Serbia,
Up Side Down is an interactive performance which proposes to our youngest audience an involving and interactive experience of contemporary dance and visual arts. It invites children into a shared adventure, which they can spectate, activate and influence. A perceptual and kinesthetic journey constituted of a variety of stimuli, engendering first hand, direct experience which heightens awareness of perception as embodied and interdependent with its surroundings. The performance setting affirms the minimalistic aesthetics, endorses imagination and values the simplicity and inspiration found in the every day objects and actions. The project's priority is to enable frequent accessibility for children and therefore it will be produced in several countries, by partners who share this vision.
Up Side Down aspires to challenge the concepts of performing arts for children and to promote the importance of artistic experiences in early years, in the context of both artistic and social experience.
The project will be developed during several residency phases, consisted of creative processes and rehearsals, informed by the research and evaluations, including try-outs with participants of the targeted age. Within each of the residencies we will collaborate with the local dancers in order to create the performance. Residencies will be supported by: De Stilte (Breda, Holland) on January 4.-15; Arts Stations Foundation/Stary Browar Nowy Taniec (Poznan, Poland), on February 6.- 21; Station Service for Contemporary Dance and Youth Center Belgrade, (Belgrade, Serbia), on February 27. - March 6; Weld (Stockholm, Sweden) in November 2016. Each of our partners will produce a local version of the performance and organize future presentations of the work.
Dalija Aćin Thelander works within the performing arts field as a choreographer, theatre maker and cultural worker.
She presented her works internationally on numerous festivals such as Impulstanz, Tanz im August, Les Particules, Perforations, BITEF etc. In 2008 she received Prix Jardin d’Europe for the performance “Handle with great care” on 8:tension, Impulstanz Festival, Vienna.
Her current work aspires to contribute to the notion of choreography as expanded practice and focuses on the interactive and participatory role of the audience.
She is involved in intensive explorations in the field of contemporary dance for children and babies. She created several dance performances for children and babies as well as a choreographed installation for babies “Baby Space” which has been produced so far in Serbia, Poland and Denmark.
She is co-founder and coordinator of Station Service for Contemporary Dance Belgrade, co-founder of Nomad Dance Academy for which she initiated, curated and produced numerous programs and productions. She is a co-founder and co-curator of Kondenz festival for performing arts in Belgrade.
She collaborated with numerous theatre directors and won several awards for choreography for drama theatre.
As a free lance artist she lives in Stockholm, Sweden since 2012.
Keren Levi since 2004, Keren Levi (1972, Israel) has built an international profile as a choreographer with a body of work including “Territory” (2004/NL) about identity and framing, in collaboration with musician Tom Parkinson and media artist Tammuz Binshtock, which won them BNG award, and the duet “Couple-Like” (2006 NL/ BE), in collaboration with Belgian maker Ugo Dehaes. In 2007 Levi was invited by Tala, a Zagreb based production house to make "Out of Service", a performance about the gesture of performing, together with a local Croatian cast. Later that year she created "The Prize Piece", from and about the award-commission which was given to her for "Territory". In 2009 Levi made and performed “Big Mouth”, together with Israelis makers Oren Laor and Niv Sheinfeld, which was followed by “Couple-Like # 2”, another collaboration with Deheas and a winner of the Dutch prestige Silver Cricket award for 2011. Together with Parkinson, Levi made "Envelopes", a performance about kin relation between siblings and between music, and dance, which premiered in Spring Dance Festival Utrecht, 2010. In 2012, Levi made the video-dance performance "The Dry Piece" which opened in Festival a/d Werf and won the Dioraphte Award from De Nederlandse Dansdagen 2013. On that year she collaborated again with Parkinson in the creation of "To Band", a music-dance concert, which premiered in Breakin'walls Festival, Frascati Theatre, Amsterdam. Her new creation "Clubbing", which continues the long term exchange with Parkinson, premiered in March 2015.
Levi teaches contemporary dance technique, body-work and choreography in The School for New Dance Development (SNDO) and in The Modern Dance Department in The School for Performing Arts Amsterdam (AHK) , as well as in festivals, training programs and companies across Europe. She has recently graduated from the MA program of Amsterdam Master of Choreography (AMCh).