D.A.N.C.E. is a European interdisciplinary professional insertion programme for young dancers under the Artistic Direction of Frédéric Flamand, William Forsythe, Wayne McGregor and Angelin Preljocaj. Affiliated to this foursome are Pierre Droulers, Michèle Anne De Mey and Thierry De Mey, the new artistic direction of Charleroi/Danses and the independent media artist Lutz Gregor.

The apprentice programme offered by D.A.N.C.E. is based upon an intense training in both classical and contemporary dance techniques combined with an interdisciplinary approach to the art form involving other diverse disciplines. D.A.N.C.E. has been conceived in collaboration with 30 Institutions from 17 member states of the European Union and was founded in 2004.

The programme is designed for young dancers between 18 – 22 years old, who have recently completed a traditional dance training Programme. These internationally renowned choreographers are assisted by their chosen team of experts in the related and diverse artistic fields and subjects covered in the programme. The objective is to confront them with the complexities of the contemporary interdisciplinary universe, to familiarise them with the daily life of a dance company, to offer them new contacts and to broaden their horizons in the professional world.

The Programme has two bases, the South Base is in Aix/Marseille (Ballet Preljocaj and the Ballet National de Marseille) and the North Base is in Dresden (Palucca Schule Dresden – Hochschule für Tanz). All Apprentices have a university student status in the Palucca Schule and upon completion, receive a certificate from the D.A.N.C.E. Programme and either a Master Class Diploma or Guest Student Certificate from the Palucca Schule.

Following a pan-European audition tour in 2005 in 14 Countries, from the 900 candidates, the Programme began in September 2005 with a group of 24 Apprentices from 12 Countries. Auditions have just been held across Europe for the second group, which will begin in September 2007.

D.A.N.C.E. wishes to initiate a dynamic transmission of knowledge from its European network and is supported through the Culture 2000 and Leonardo Da Vinci Programmes of the European Union.

Workshop – Associated Teacher – Lutz Gregor: Physical Cinema

The main objective of this workshop is to encourage a greater sensibility for dancers and choreographers towards the role that technology may have on the creation process and in choregraphy

The module is divided in several parts, which involve a basic introduction, a deeper analysis of performancs modules, a media conceptand an adaption and transmission phase

In the fisrt part of this worshop, we will work on exercises of visual perception, of physical awareness, for example, such as the synchronization of movements and the relation between the human eye and the camera.

We will develop a work method where within which the camera does not observe the movement from the outside, but rather from the inside. Based on imrovisation, the danse will be created in relation to this medium. All the participants, dansers and film directors, will be invited to exchange their roles and to be both in front of and behind the camera.

Visual perception and its tranformation via an image
Integration of vision and movement
Development of movement material and the use of choreographic scenography for camera
Relation between the camera and the dancer
The dancer as actor

Dynamic dramatury, dynamic narrative (notation, choreographical storyboard)
Dialogue between the abstract and architectural spaces in film
The choreography of cinema
The continual dynamic of written movements
Concepts of film editing

Dance and Cinema
History (experimental films, musical comedies, music videos)
Image of the body in art, photography and science