October 02, 2012

Not Festival, Copenhagen

Not Festival a 1 week event created by 3RD CLASS CITIZEN, and Venezuelan choreographer and multi-disciplinary artist Luis Lara MalvacĂ­as in association with Dansehallerne, The Dance Department of the Statens Scenekunstskole, De Frie Koreografer, TRANSART Collective and Independent artists. It will take place from Oct. 22nd to 27th, 2012. It will serve as a platform for creation, experimentation, presentation and open dialogues. It consists of a series of performances and installations, jams, screenings, lectures and discussions of topics that are relevant to contemporary dance, performance and art today, as well as contemporary dance classes and workshops. All the activities will be created, developed and presented at Dansehallerne at Pasterveuj 20.

Zoran Poposki. Photo: Wong, Kai Yu.
It is a kaleidoscopic, ephemeral, erratic and nomadic new media artistic object. Through the use of old and new technologies and media, it embraces the ideas of global artistic collaboration and the cross-cultural, interdisciplinary, DIY attitudes. It exists outside the realm of the establishment, which implies generally non-existing financial support. However, its inclusive nature allows it to move inside and outside of institutions and at the same time to avoid the institutional restrictions. This political “object” aims to fight the standardized and systematized commodification of the arts. Thus, it is NOT a FESTIVAL.

The event also questions the boundaries and definitions of the generally accepted roles of the "presenter” and the “presented”. Participant artists are encouraged to play an active role in managing and facilitating it, and to use their creativity not only in their own work but also in the creation of the event itself. For instances, My Linblad and Gry Raaby , two Copenhagen-based choreographers/ dancers are helping to coordinate and organize a team of other Copenhagen-based artists. The Dance Department of the Statens Scenekunstskole has agreed to be part of this and to help to co-produce part of the event, as this will be of great benefit for its students. In every edition of the Not Festival a conceptual framework is offered to the participants and it is embedded in the title chosen for each occasion. The title chosen for the Copenhagen edition, Not Festival: An atypical point of view, if you allow me, is open to the artists’ own interpretations.

Day 2: Portrait Of The Artists With Black Framed Glasses. Second Session: 16:30 to 17:30. (Foyer).
Day 3. 20:30. ( Store Carl, Lille Carl and Foyer). Performances include choreography, video, sound and performance art works by: Melanie Maar. Skyped dance performance from NY / Jeremy Nelson & Jimena Paz. Dance / Zoran Poposki . Film/ Ivo Bol. Live sound performance / Luis Lara Malvacias  “Pussy Riot” Dance Performance / Directed by Ursula Eagly “Group Dynamics and Visual Sensitivity (NY/2011) will be re-created to be performed by Copenhagen local dancers.