Conference: «Borders, boundaries and margins in contemporary dance»

Borders, boundaries and margins in contemporary dance
Center of Mediterranean Architecture


Conference program


Saturday July 21st

17:30 – 18:00 registrations

18:00 -18:15 opening greetings

18:15 – 18:35 Sofia Falierou, Artistic Director of Dance Days Chania

18:35 – 19:00 Olga Kolokytha, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, University of Vienna
“Dance Days Chania in the local community and as cultural ambassador for the city and the country


Sunday July 22nd

09:30 – 10:00 registrations, coffee


Steriani Tsintziloni, Dance historial and researcher, artistic advisor for dance at the Athens Festival
“Mapping ballet and contemporary dance: the case of Athens Festival during the Cold War (1955-1966)”

Prof. Aruna Bhikshu, Department of Arts and Communication, University of Hyderabad
“Trends in Indian Dance in 20th Century: An Identity of Entwining Cognizance”

Freda Antypa, Dance scientist
“Widening the educational boundaries – including dance in the educational process”

11:30 – 11:45 short coffee break

11:45 – 12:45 DANCE AND PRAXIS

Κatherina Vasiliadis, International productions manager, curator and developer of artistic projects
“International communications for contemporary dance / stage arts”

Natalie Zervou, Assistant Professor, Department of Dance, University of Wisconsin Madison
“Improvisation as a Tool for Cross-Cultural Dialogue: Engaging Precarity and Refugee Experiences through Dance”


Joan Ramon Rodriguez Amat, Senior Lecturer Sheffield Hallam University
“Dancing in the edge of town: centres and peripheries in city festival mobility”

Konstantinos Alketas Oungrinis, Associate Professor, School of Architectural Engineering, Transformable Intelligent Environments Laboratory Director, Technical University of Crete & Marianthi Liapi, research director, Transformable Intelligent Environments Laboratory, Technical University of Crete
“Kinesthetic experience as a fundamental connector between dance and space”

14:15 – 16:15 break

16:30 – 18:30 Video dance/ documentaries screening introduction by Aliki Chiotaki
& round table discussion.

19:30 Center of Mediterranean Architecture
Editta Braun & Dante Murillo, “resident_interactive”
Entrance free


Notions of borders are part of the academic discourse already since a long time ago, with the academic interest to have been reignited during the past few years as a result of the crisis, or better, of the crises, taking place at a global level. Borders, boundaries and margins are no longer defined merely geographically, but also socially, financially, linguistically, culturally and artistically and are characterized by parameters that are connected and interlinked.

In today’s globalizing world, where societies are formed from individuals from different cultural backgrounds, the need to promote intercultural dialogue becomes imperative. Equal participation in cultural life and respect to different cultural identities are not only democratic, but fundamental human rights. The concept of democracy in culture is enriched with the safeguarding of the democratic quality of the citizens and their participation in the cultural life, with the existence of open common communicative spaces and the creation of new ones, and with the expansion of culture in international relations.

The conference aims to investigate the notions of borders and margins in contemporary dance and discuss the elements that create, define and reshape them.

Its interdisciplinary nature aims to bridge the gaps and instigate dialogue between disciplines, academic fields, artists and creators; its broad thematic covers, but is not limited to, the following areas:

• artistic creation

• dance and its relation to other art forms

• intercultural dialogue

• creative migration • cultural diversity

• free movement (e.g. for political and/or social reasons), etc.

The conference will take place in Chania, Crete, Greece on the 21st and 22nd of July during the 8th Dance Days Chania festival. We welcome abstracts of up to 400 words excluding references and a short bio to [email protected] until the 13th of May 2018. Notifications will be sent on May 23rd.

Registration fee is €50- and €30- for students. Fee includes the conference pack, coffee and refreshments during breaks.

Scientific Committee:
– Olga Kolokytha| Assistant Professor, Department of Communication – University of Vienna
– Marianna Psilla| Associate Professor, Head of Department of Communication, Media & Culture – Panteio University
– Bush Hartshorn | Head of Artist Development at DanceBase, Edinburgh & Dance artsits mentor