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Theme of After Contemporary

The content theme of the After Contemporary project is the future of dance: what can dance be after postmodern and conceptual dance. Modernism and postmodernism have geared dance into fragmented directions. Where is the future of professional dance art? What defines this future and how can it be discussed?

Through the internal discourse of dance art a larger theme is also addressed: where are we moving towards as humanity? What kinds of tools or knowledge is needed in our contemporary society? What role does dance play? How is dance in dialogue with society?

Dance is an ephemeral art form, without artifacts or objects. It is an art form that is done, gone and over, within short intervals. At the same time, it carries the history, present and future within, in the bodies of dancers, in the discourses and research in, about and around dance. After Contemporary is a means to examine this richness, to draw from the past but orient towards the future.

After Contemporary advances the regeneration of dance, its internal reflection and communication, both in each participating country as well as internationally. The aim is to create a new form of working: The project strives for a new way to encounter and advance artistic practice.

After Contemporary is different from many other networks or collaborative projects in the way that it is a thematic framework for active artistic process, a method for sharing and developing artistic practice. The aim is not to create a network as a self-serving purpose, but to develop working methods for art as research, documentation of artistic practice, perspectives and sharing.

After Contemporary strives for a renewed interaction between dance professionals.



What and why?

The deconstruction that has taken place after the postmodern era changed the dancers’ relationship to ownership – everything is available and reproducible. Because the financial possibilities for art cannot rely on the ideology of constant growth anymore, there needs to be space for unproductiveness, slow production ideology, and grassroots activity. These need to be seen as viable, real alternatives. The era of grand productions and hierarchical structures has passed.

After Contemporary is a proactive agent in this change. It provides a platform and framework where commonly used terms of dance discourse – such as ’contemporary dance’ – can be discussed and deconstructed. The multifacetedness of dance can be articulated and highlighted.


After Contemporary strives to create a new and open, international collaboration form. The aim is to create a communal, collective and open discussion platform –a meeting point – for dance artists, where the state of dance and its possibilities can be discussed on a local and European level. In After Contemporary, professional dance artists gather around a shared topic: what is happening in the field of dance right now? What possible futures does the situation today open up?

The notions of international and network are at the core of After Contemporary: they provide a viewpoint for the theme. Each country, each locality, has its own history and development; the state of contemporary is never the same for everyone. What one considers contemporary might not be looked at as even modern in another cultural context. This multitude of viewpoints creates a fruitful and interesting context for interaction prozac pill.



Background and People

The core group of After Contemporaryu00a0consists of Liisa Pentti (Finland), Olga Sorokina (Russia), Bo Madvig (Denmark) and Hilde Rustad (Norway). The first core group meeting was arranged in Helsinki in 2011.u00a0The starting point for discussion was the tradition of postmodern dance of the 1960s, which was regarded as a base conceptual dance and its establishment in major European festivals in the 1990s. Both Liisa Pentti and Bo Madvig graduated from SNDO in Amsterdam during the 1980s. SNDO was instrumental in bringing artists from the Judson-group to Europe in an era where that was considered highly marginal. In the 1980s the boom of Belgian dance was forming, which later created the structures for production.


At the eve of the 2010s, it seemed that one path of contemporary dance was trodden to the end. Simultaneously, the post-postmodern time still hangs on to its modernistic traditions. In the pressures of production, dancers and producers are painfully aware of these traditions and the limitations that they bring. Internal risk-taking within dance has diminished, as the mechanicalism of society is intensified.


Themes were further developed in joint sessions at BodyWord festival in St. Petersburg and at Full Moon Dance Festival in Pyhu00e4ju00e4rvi. During Full Moon Dance Festival, a one-week long After Contemporary Camp was organized. In addition to the core artists, AC Camp included Keith Hennessy (USA), Marjo Kuusela (Finland), dramaturge Robert Steijn (Holland) and artistic director Bush Hartshorn (Denmark. AC Camp was open to all festival participants.


These meetings and sessions were so successful and beneficial that the core group decided to continue their collaboration and to further develop the framework of After Contemporary.




After Contemporary u2013u00a0International network and artistic framework for dance 2015u20132017 is supported by the Nordic Culture Point (Kulturkontakt Nord).


Liisa Pentti +Co

After Contemporary is an international project and network coordinated by Liisa Pentti +Co.Movie Carol (2015)

Liisa Pentti is one of the key visionaries of the Finnish dance scene. She has worked as a dancer, choreographer and teacher in Finland and abroad since 1986. Her inspiration is in continuously finding new ways to play with movement and create choreography. She is moving in a landscape where dance, performance and theatre are combined, and she is well known to question and explore the limits of performative expression. The art of the performer and her unique presence are the essence in Liisa Pentti’s work, and from that source she creates a recognizable and enchanting ambiance.

The dance group Liisa Pentti +Co was founded in year 2000. It has produced tens of productions and has performed in the Nordic countries, Estonia, Lithuania, Russia, Germany, Netherlands, Hungary and Austria.

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The working methods of After Contemporary are both private and public. The artists in the core group work alone and together, around and about the theme, in both artistic practice as well as discourse. In shared events, the group gathers together to develop the groundwork for public events. Public events take place in many forms and as part of various contexts.

After Contemporary project 2015–2017 events:

  • March 2015 – Project launch meeting in Helsinki, Finland
  • May 2015 – Open call for After Contemporary # 3
  • September 2015 – After Contemporary # 3 event in Helsinki, Finland
  • June 2016 – After Contemporary presentation at Seminarium #6 in Sandnes, Norway
  • December 2016 – After Contemporary presentation and discussion at ICE HOT in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • December 2016 – After Contemporary lecture at PMTS event in Helsinki, Finland
  • (2017 tbc)