Life Long Burning
General Project Description:
Life Long Burning (LLB) is a project supported by the Culture Programme of the European Union and dedicated to the sustainable support of the European contemporary dance and performance field and the enlargement of its audience. It is implemented throughout a five-year period (July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2018) by a wide-spread and highly professional network of dance associations, companies and production houses: 4Culture (RO), CCN Montpellier (FR), Cullberg Ballet (SE), danceWEB (AT), Het Veem Theater (NL), Lokomotiva (MK), Station (RS), Tala Dance Center (HR), Uferstudios (DE), Ultima Vez (BE), Workshop Foundation (HU) and workspacebrussels (BE). Through its various activities, LLB strengthens transnational cooperations, fosters the mobility of artists and their works, contributes to career development, cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue and promotes knowledge transfer, audience outreach and the public display of dance. It comprises of 10 activities: Prix Jardin d'Europe (European dance prize for emerging choreography), Dance Radar Europe (virtual PR platform), Dance Works! (co-production of dance productions), Critical Practice (training program for emerging dance writers), danceWEB Scholarships (training program for emerging dancers), Wild Cards (support of artistic development through residencies and workshops), Performance Situation Room (research and knowledge-sharing modules), teachback (research on dance education), Dance fiction (open source documentation/publications on project activities) and SuSy-Support System (education and development of young dance administrators).
Read more about Life Long Burning (LLB) here.
The Prix Jardin d´Europe 2014
On Sunday, 17 August, the ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival 2014 ended with the Prix Jardin d'Europe Award Ceremony.
The Prix Jardin d’Europe, and its newest buddy, the Fan Award, were awarded at Kasino am Schwarzenbergplatz in Vienna, attracting enormous media attention. With fantastic and humorous dance interludes, the hosts of the evening, entertainer Dirk Stermann and choreographer Doris Uhlich, caused for the award ceremony to be a more than glamorous show.
One out of many surprises announced by the two moderators was the spontaneous decision to award the so-called ImPulsTanz Award for outstanding accomplishments.
Among the nominated artists – all of which participated in the [8:tension] Young Choreographers’ Series during five weeks at ImPulsTanz – where positions by a new generation of choreographers coming from Europe, North America and Asia. 14 productions presented a unique cross-section of contemporary tendencies and new evolutions in dance.
The jury prize, endowed with 10,000,- euros and a two week artistic residency in the frame of ImPulsTanz 2015 was awarded to: Jillian Peña (US) for the production Polly Pocket
Furthermore, the winner will also carry home a prize sculpture especially created for this occasion by Vienna based artist Deborah Sengl.
This year’s jury consisted of performance artist and choreographer Anne Juren (AT/FR), Charlotte Vandeveyver (BE) – artistic coordinator of the Workspace Brussels for many years and new programming director of the dance department at the renowned STUK Leuven – as well as Catalan dance curator and artist Quim Pujol (ES). During their allocution, the jury explained their decision as follows:
“Difference and repetition are a cornerstone of choreography. Jillian Peña’s piece deals with it in a skillful and critical way. The jury valued the craftsmanship of the choreographer and found pleasure in the ability to destabilize conventional movement and to deal with failure and imperfections. The jury esteemed the strong authorship behind the work and the courage that it takes to stand for a clear position.”
While last year the public was asked to vote for the audience award, in 2014 the Fan Award was introduced, giving the fan communities an opportunity to select the most interesting, funniest, most charming or bad-tempered – and solely created for the online community – teaser clips of the artists and, hence, elect the winner of the Fan Award. Voting took place online between 4 July and 17 August, 00:01am at www.lifelongburning.eu.
The artist with the highest number of votes and hence winner of the Prix Jardin d’Europe Fan Award 2014 is: Rebecca Patek (US)
In addition to the distinction of the Prix Jardin d’Europe, the festival surprised with the brand new ImPulsTanz Prize on the final day of an exceptionally successful festival. This prize was created to award outstanding artistic accomplishments with 3.000,- euros as well as a three week artistic residency at ImPulsTanz.
The award goes to: Dana Michel (CA) for her production Yellow Towel
Since 2001, the [8:tansion] Young Choreographers’ Series presents performances by a new generation of choreographers within the ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival.
The European Dance Award for Young Choreography – the so called Prix Jardin d’Europe – has already been awarded within the [8:tension] series three times (2008, 2012, 2013).
Since last year, the prize will be awarded in the frame of [8:tension] in Vienna for the next five years, as part of the EU project, Life Long Burning. 14 productions were shown this year, selected by a curatorial team consisting of Christine Standfest, Michael Stolhofer, Bojana Mladenovic, Rio Rutzinger und Christa Spatt.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.