8. Vibra - International workshop & festival of contemporary dance Special online edition/ LJUBLJANA

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Vibra was established in 2013 with the intention to promote and present contemporary dance in Slovenia and to offer intensive workshops and research programs for young professional dancers in the field of contemporary dance. For 7 consecutive years, the festival's program was based on the immediate interaction between the established dance makers, the young generations of emerging dance artists, and the public. The measures taken against Covid-19, including restrictions in social distancing and international mobility, have prevented us from organizing the festival as planned.

The special online edition of Vibra 2020 is free of charge and aimed at professional and semi-professional dance makers as well as dance lovers. It features online workshops, lectures, choreographic and video labs, production of a dance video, and presentations of short dance videos. The workshops and lectures are led by internationally renowned artists.

This special edition is designed to support creative and educational processes, enhance the visibility of younger generations of dance artists, and promote contemporary dance in the current public health crisis.



Dramaturgy lectures
24-25 August

Dr. GUY COOLS (Belgium / Austria) is a dance dramaturge. He is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Ghent University, where he finished a practice-based PhD on the relationship between dance and writing. He has worked as a dance critic and dance curator. He curated from 1990 till 2002, the dance program of Arts Centre Vooruit in Ghent, Belgium and has also curated many international festivals. As a production dramaturg, he worked amongst others with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Akram Khan, Alexander Gottfarb, Arno Schuitemaker, Koen Augustijnen, Danièle Desnoyers, Stephanie Thiersch.

His publications include The Choreopolitics of Alain Platel’s les ballets C de la B, In-between Dance Cultures: on the migratory artistic identity of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Akram Khan, Imaginative Bodies – dialogues in performance practices, The Ethics of Art: ecological turns in the performing arts.

Guy works as choreographic and dramaturgical mentor. He lectures and teaches at different universities and arts colleges in Europe and Canada (University of Ottawa, Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts in Tilburg; University of Limerick in Ireland; University of Ghent, Belgium).

With the Canadian choreographer, Lin Snelling, he developed an improvised performance practice ‘Rewriting Distance’ that focuses on the integration of movement, voice, and writing.

Guy Cools credits Pawel Wyszomirski
Guy Cools credits Pawel Wyszomirski