MeetShareDance (MSD) started in 2012 in Madrid, Spain. Initially, it was created to bring together dancers, choreographers and teachers who were interested in dance and disability, as related to their own work and dance practices. It was the way to reconnect with colleagues from different encounters, training and courses and to share best practices and our experiences working with dance and disability in various ways.
MeetShareDance is an immersive participatory event that promotes and aims to create an international dance network for individuals or groups that are working with dance and disability. MSD implements this by focusing on contemporary dance but welcomes all other styles, while always considering the new choreographic possibilities as well as new ways of dancing.
- MeetShareDance is based on a philosophy of »inter-exchange«. We hope to promote the exchange of knowledge and experiences, as broadly as we can, with workshops taught by teachers/movers who will also be participants in other workshops.
- It’s not a dance festival. It’s a workshop festival. It is not about attracting big names in the dance world, or supporting the hierarchies that exist in traditional dance festivals, where the students come and learn from many different »experts« in the field. MSD is about purely this: We want to MEET, SHARE and DANCE.
- The intention is to gather and share new ideas and dance practices, open discussion, discover and chart changes in the world of dance and disability and to expose integrated dance as a strong tendency in artistic and every day life.
MeetShareDance is for all dance professionals and amateurs, choreographers, teachers, dance producers with different abilities. It is based on workshops of mutual exchange. You can be a teacher, but at the time, also a student. Each participant is invited to offer a short dance class, different dance techniques, a master class, a warm up session, whatever they want to share or investigate with the rest of the group.
·· To show the diversity of dancers and promote the development of professionals, inviting dance groups or individuals, national / international to learn from different proposals.
·· To promote both cultural and artistic exchange and growth from the creative encounter between dancers from different dance or artistic backgrounds.
·· To promote dance and diversity in a local environment. To generate interest in the local area of the festival by using a local public space (the city) and working with local artists, to create site-specific dance and performance works that come directly from the participants.
2016, Helsinki, Finland
2015 Dublin, Ireland
2014 Ljubljana, Slovenia
2013 Madrid, Spain
2012 Madrid, Spain