Lab-meetings

Each year a BIDE Lab-meeting takes place in Barcelona with around 60 professionals in performing arts coming from around 25 countries; we welcome three different profiles: Dancers, Choreographers and Cultural Managers linked to institutions and dance organizations.

During this event a series of activities happens, the axis of the encounter is our method of collaborative creation, a format that we call B>Lab. Each day there are three to six B>labs coordinated by members of the team as national and international participants. English is the language of the event. 

Within the event, in addition to the B>Labs, there is also a series of activities thought to promote mobility, exchange, and internationalization of participants:

Speed Dating: short talks between artists to get to know their profiles and realities.

NewsRoom: space of visibility, where to announce specific needs and proposals of the participants current and future projects.

B>Cultural Management Lab: As in the B>Labs movement is the driving force, BIDE also offers a B>Lab with the focus placed on the Cultural Management of institutions, organizations, and festivals that collaborate with us and are connected thanks to the network that we provide.

B>Expo: Space of visibility for BIDE collaborators to present in 6 minutes and with 20 images their program and artistic proposal for the year.

Feedback: Each morning constructive feedback sessions are modulated about the processes that each B>lab had the previous day.

 

The laboratories will have a duration of six hours, and during them, the goal is to write a score played from the dance, music, and drama that will be presented to the public at the end of the session. For this, the playwrights and musicians will rotate two times of laboratory (every two hours of the same) finding a new group of dancers and also with a score in progress, the composition is continued from the point it has ended by the group before. The immediacy of the proposal is in line with the transversal display of ideas of which we spoke earlier; therefore for our 10-years-anniversary we are planning to celebrate the inclusiveness of our project by a theme that gathers together different significances: The Hemispheres.

The Hemisphere is half of a sphere, a section of a geometrical form that we like to see as the focus on a specific part of the body, a fraction of a movement, a zoom in of a group dynamic, or, more widely, anything that is part of something bigger.

The Hemisphere is half of the Earth, it is the upside down of the other half,  a place where everything happens at the same time but in the other way around. It’s conceptually the possibility of synchrony in the difference.

The Hemisphere is one of the two parts of a brain, it is the physical expression of the dualism that leads our beings. The interconnection of two opposite parts that are essentially different and utterly necessary one to the other.

With the concept of the Hemisphere we want to push BIDE participants towards the reflection about the importance of union, solidarity and togetherness and in the creation of an artistic discourse in which connections with the opposite are the vital source for balance.

Starting from this theme here there are some related questions:

- Where are the differences? Where are the coincidences?

- What brings us closer? What drives us away?

- How do we live, inhabit and represent synchrony?

- How do we measure temporality?

- Which hemisphere do I inhabit? Which hemisphere represents me?

- Which hemisphere guides and defines me?

The possible answers to this or other questions can be the starting point for the developing of a B>Lab.

Open Performance: During the 3rd day of the meeting the process of working the community begins, showing in performance format the scenic result created in the B>Labs so far.

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