For each edition of Just in Time / anarchivTANZ we organize workshops with local communities. We visit schools, nursing homes, dance schools, theatre groups, book clubs … here we are working at Klein Kasteeltje in Brussels a refugee center for asylum seekers.
We ask the participants of the workshops to write down their favorite movements and to also write a personal letter to dance. So far we have collected about 2500 letters and published a selection of them in a wonderful book made in collaboration with Kareth Schaffer and Serge Rompza (NODE Berlin_Oslo).
All the letters to dance are hand written. And the writing hand is a moving hand, is a dance on paper. All the letters are very personal. They tell intimate stories about people’s relations to dance. Some contain secrets, some surprises, others anecdotes, some are true love letters. Many of the stories circle around universal topics like love, fear, joy, pain, disappointment, exile and migration, childhood, age.
The favorite movements we collect, are a mirror of the diversity of the participants. Among the many we have collected so far, none are identical, and only a few are similar. They show what people love to do, how they wish to be in movement. They show the excitement of physical expression. To draw is a fun practice, and to exchange the drawings is a communication through movement.
The Berlin Ballroom was the first. People met in the wonderful Ballroom at the Bibliothek am Luisenbad. In Berlin "Turkish Wedding Dances" were amongst the favorite movements as you can see...
In Tel Aviv Kareth Schaffer and Roni Katz were doing the workshops and collected wonderful letters from different communities.
The Ballroom in Tel Aviv at the Tmuna Theater was simply magic and a wonderful celebration of dance!
Favorite movements from kids at a workshop at the Gemeenschapscentrum Nekkersdal in Brussels!
In Los Angeles we visited the Teatro de las Americas in Camarillo. What an amazing group of people! Again we have learned so much about dance!
One of the wonderful aspects of the project is that we meet people. Just in Time is not just a touring performance, but a format that includes workshops where the participants in the workshops help us create the ballroom in the end of the project. With many we stay in touch and continue to work also for other projects. In Los Angeles we have met wonderful people, amongst them Jennifer Jonassen (photo) who runs the Intrepid Dance Project. Check out their website!
The Ballroom at the Odyssey Theater in Los Angeles was incredible. The mix of people and the energy were fantastic.
For each edition of Just in Time we also ask local artists to read or perform their "Letter to Dance"
The Ballroom in Brussels happened at the Kaaitheater and opened with a letter by Anne Teresa de Keersmaker (read it here). During the ballroom letters by Giulia Sugranyes, Benjamin Vandewalle, Cynthia Loemij were performed ...
Nils Bovri heated the dancefloor!
And Alain Franco closed the Brussels Ballroom with his personal letter to dance in form of a concert.
deufert&plischke, David Kaplan, Kareth Schaffer