How would you feel if your city had professional dance artists working there all year long? DANCE ALL YEAR LONG is a 12-month residency program that travels to different cities and invites local and international dance artists for two week long residencies.
At the end of the residencies the artists share their projects to the local community, free of charge. Artists can choose what kind of artistic output they want to share. For example the sharing can be in a form of a performance, lecture, installation or dance video.
The goal of each project is to present the locals the diversity of today's dance and choreography. At the same time we hope to inspire and give the participating artists the possibility to visit new places and present their work to new audiences.
We will collaborate with different kinds of local venues who can provide free work space for our artists. In return we give the venues back a free dance event. We strive to build new bridges, organize and support new collaborations for dance.
DAYL is a freelancer dance production that is always funded with the generosity of local organisations. Our main collaboration partner and supporter is always the local city where we organize our project that year. After getting the local city on board we start looking for other supporting organisations to make the project happen. We aim to give each artist at least a free accomodation and some production money to make their projects turn into reality.
DAYL is a mobile project by design. It can move into a new city each year. We hope to inspire and give ideas on how to develop the culture life of cities that we visit. We aspire to find and create new collaborations between venues and artists and spread out professional dance outside of capital cities.
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Taneli Törmä - LOCATION X is the creator of DANCE ALL YEAR LONG. Taneli has been an active dance artist for many years. He has created and produced his own dance projects in many cities all around Europe.
Taneli has been researching how and where can one make a career out of dance today? How could our jobs as dancers bring more value than just making art for ourselves? How could we enrich and enable professional dance art projects even in smaller cities where there may not even be any established dance scene at the moment?
When Taneli started DAYL he envisioned it as a customizable dance platform and residency program. He wanted to give back and support his fellow dance artists. Since the beginning, the core principals for Taneli and DAYL were diversity of dance and the different ways it can be experienced.
With the help of Taneli's network and knowledge from previous projects he curates and organizes this unique program. Each year DAYL researches its impact for the cities and their residents as well as the artists. What can we all learn from these collective experiences?
More info about Taneli Törmä - LOCATION X: tanelitorma.com