We thought it vital to defend the very existence of a hybrid language in the performing arts by giving it greater cultural and public visibility. Hybrid scenic forms, in their emergence and development where qualified as contemporary, already have a past. We give vent and expression to this “contemporary past”, in our shared desire to stake out and defend these artistic forms. We wish to follow, demonstrate and archive the still fresh trails of this scenic innovation. OPEN LATITUDES will therefore make video recordings of a eight interviews of critics, art historians, choreographers, social science researchers – bringing their perspectives and analyses to bear on the dynamic of hybridisation that grew out of dance from 1993-2008 in Europe.
Their interviews will be shown either before or after performances, in dialogues with guest artists regarding their positions vis-a-vis certain theories.
After 18 months, the documents collected will be published alongside a wider European dissemination, in line with the various structures of project partners.
New York, september 2009 : Jean-Marc Adolphe, chief editor, revue Mouvement
Bruxelles, october 2009 : Christophe Slagmuylder, artistic director KunstenFestivalDesArts