SANSKAR VIRTUAL PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL
CREATE TO CHALLENGE UNCERTAINTY
10th - 16th August 2020
WHAT IS THE FESTIVAL ABOUT?
The global art environment has suffered in recent times with a reduction in funding, closure of performance venues, and inflation in the economy. The lack of resources and programming methods leave many artists with no avenues to showcase work. The recent pandemic left dance makers out of the system deeming arts an “unessential service”. Artists have lost revenues, prospective performances, and teaching opportunities which has led to a parallel creative and financial crisis within the performing arts community.
Sanskar Virtual Performance Festival aims to provide support to dance artists affected in one way or another during this global health crisis. The festival will generate visibility, new connections, and a new, hopefully, sustainable perception of the virtual world through offering a curated performing art platform online.
WHY THIS FESTIVAL?
Sanskar Virtual Performance Festival is an immediate response to this global pandemic that has crippled us as a society in so many ways. While the world continues to grapple with this situation, we hope to bring positivity through the arts and help artists and audiences alike to cope with the situation. Many festivals have been called off or are indefinitely postponed; Sanskar wants to fill in this gap by adapting to the virtual world which is helping us connect and create a sustainable virtual arts ecosystem.
EQUALITY VISIBILITY EMPOWERMENT SUSTAINABILITY
A platform that is sustainable and can empower everyone irrespective of your background or country of residence. We want you to have visibility on a global scale and bring together artists and audiences at a virtual meeting point.
In times of a global economic crisis, we hope to provide you with some creative inspiration and platform to share your work. Through various donors and crowdfunding sources, we hope to provide you with some financial respite. We hope to provide everyone an equal stage open to all.
The theme for the first Sanskar Virtual Performance Festival 2020 is ‘Challenging uncertainty’ The idea of freedom has been questioned for many weeks now, and this deeply human need plays a decisive role in our lives. Despite different realities on different continents, we are all trying to understand this “new normal” and it's meaning for us as individuals.
The fundamental ideas of performing arts – freedom, creativity, expression, exchange, interaction, connection, touch, research – are all being redefined. Sanskar wants to see these questions and responses through the art of movement and expression through the body.
Choreographers and performers are encouraged to create performances keeping in mind the current scenario and movement restrictions specific to the country they are creating in. We are interested in seeing how artists interpret and create for virtual space where your audience albeit present is largely invisible and your stage is limitless.
How do performers interact with a virtual audience and move on to a virtual stage? What are the boundaries – if any – of such a performance format, and what freedom does it provide to a performer and creator? These very questions should be interpreted differently by choreographers across the world on a virtual stage.
Sanskar Virtual Dance Festival will be programmed keeping in mind the contemporary situation and contexts of dance arts. The festival will be a mix of performances by invitation and an open call to all. The festival will be programming up to 75 short pieces that are created according to the theme for 2020. Performances by invitation will be extended to choreographers who have created path-breaking works for a live audience and developed a distinct performance style in the dance world. These choreographers now wish to redefine their performance making for a virtual space.
The festival will also hold panel discussions and short masterclasses surrounding the theme for this year. The festival would like to invite choreographers to share their expertise and creative resources to emerging choreographers across the world.
OPEN CALL DETAILS
APPLICATION TO BE OPEN ON 1ST JULY 2020
Performances with a minimum duration of 4 minutes and not exceeding more than 8 minutes
Categories of Solo, Duets and Groups choreographed and performed keeping in mind the country's specific confinement law
The choreographers must be minimum of 18 years of age to apply. Performers can be of all ages.
Performances should be created specifically for the festival and should not have been performed or published anywhere on social media or other venues.
Up to 75 performances corresponding to the festival quality standards will be selected through the open call.
Application deadline on 26th July 2020.
APPLICANTS ARE TO SEND A VIDEO OF THEIR PERFORMANCE IN ALIGNMENT WITH THE REQUIREMENTS LISTED BELOW:
The video must be filmed as a real-time dance performance. Performance must not be in a dance film format.
The frame format must be 16*9.
The video should be shot in high resolution for best quality output.
The eye of the camera should be the eye of the audience: The camera must be placed as the audience eye. The performance must be oriented towards this lens.
The camera must be fixed in one position; the position can be at the choreographer’s discretion.
The performance can be filmed anywhere.
The video performance must not have any form of editing. The video must not use zoom tools or camera gimmicks of any sort. No special effects or video filters shall be used.
Performances must have a well thought out idea of production exploring scenography, music, lighting, and costumes keeping in mind confinement restrictions.
No post-production work of any sort must be performed on the video. No sound-, music editing or colour grading tools to be used.
The video has to be shared as a private video link (Vimeo or Youtube).
The performances must not be published on social media or performed prior to the festival anywhere in any capacity.
If found published before the festival, the performance will be forfeited.
On selection, the video must be sent in HD quality via Wetransfer or any other online portal.
Sanskar is not responsible for music copyrights. Performers have to get permission or arrange the copyrights by themselves.
AN INITIATIVE TO SUPPORT ARTISTS
By bringing good quality works of art through an open call and curation process, the festival will create a strong virtual reality art space bringing together performers, audiences, and art supporters on one platform thus contributing to a sustainable art context that benefits all. Providing visibility to all art makers around the world. Powerful art is the need of this time; it is helping many to cope with this confusing time period. Through the virtual festival, we hope to make art accessible to those who might find relief and a creative outlet through the performing arts. Sanskar Virtual Dance Festival will be an on-going annual virtual art platform creating this ecology of arts. As contexts of creation change with time, the platform wishes to be a constant space of sharing and exchange of ideas.
Sanskar Virtual Performance Festival is supported by
Tanzburo. Basel, Switzerland
Sozo - visions in motion. Kassel, Germany
University for Music and Performing Arts. Frankfurt, Germany
Fontys Dance Academy. Tilburg, Netherlands
Tallinn University Baltic Film, Media, Art and Communication School. Tallinn, Estonia
SANSKAR Global Platform for Performing Arts is based in India and represented by different international associations from Switzerland, Russia, and Belgium.
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