on contemporary movements of “the Balkans”
In the face of recent political developments on a European and global scale the question emerges of what “the Balkans” or South-Eastern Europe means or potentially could mean today and what questions contemporary artists/choreographers pose themselves in relation to it. How can the space that is given this name now be defined? Does it still exist? Currently it mainly crops up in relation to migration movements along “the Balkan route” which define this borderland between Fortress Europe, the centre of “the Western world”, and the now heavily repressed and war torn countries (Turkey, Syria, i.a.): Assuming that a “West” no longer exists, according to Jean-Luc Nancy’s thesis, how we can look at the “Balkans” from different sides and what perspectives are there?
In the EDN Roadshow the invited artists from diverse cultural contexts of South-Eastern Europe discuss positions and developments in contemporary dance, its structures, aesthetic strategies and practices.