- A Conversation with Producers about artist led production models during The DEN Producer days 2019

Place: Kunsthøyskolen i Oslo

Date: 18. Oct 2019

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Executive Producer/Artist Advisor Nadja Dias (Germany/UK), Choreographer/Curator Peter Pleyer (Germany) and Maker, Curator, Dramaturg Luke Pell (Scotland/UK) host a one-off workshop for producers working with independent artists whose practices sit outside of traditional models of production and presentation for contemporary dance.

 In this workshop they will share perspectives from their combined experience in order to open up a space for discussion about how we better articulate, advocate and support 'outlier practices' in order for artists to sustain their work over the long-term in different international contexts/markets.

 The session will begin with 3 x 5 minutes practice provocations from Luke Pell, Peter Pleyer and Toni Tran and will then open up to a discussion with attending producers facilitated by Dias and Pell. 

 Some of the things we will look to explore together are:


Emergence, intersection, innovation - how work remains artist-led

Challenge and dissonance - how we encourage careful critical conversations as part of creative collaboration

Community and contribution - what does ongoing lifelong work look like

 Support networks and ‘allies’ - cross context parallels and peer to peer models

 Content, conditions, culture and cost – ‘market’ and visibility, companionship and investment, long term vs one off

 Partners and presentation- how can we create relationships on an equal footing with gatekeepers and partners, presenters

 Performance, production and the wider practice – which moments are people really interested in

 Identifying as an outlier –provocation, partners, resources, the culture of an artist and the culture of an organisation, where work meets with other worlds


Working internationally across multiple contexts Dias, Pleyer and Pell have supported the development of artistic innovators in contemporary dance and performance for several generations. Through working in the studio, artist development, residency spaces, schools, companies, dance houses, development organisations and with funders their practice has foregrounded the work of artists often considered outside the ‘mainstream’ who:


•        Entered the profession through non-traditional training routes 

•        Create work that addresses their lived experience as part of a minority/marginalised group 

•        Identify as disabled / queer makers 

•        Make work for non-traditional venues / spaces 

•        Whose Identities, aesthetics, processes, practices have challenged, experimented with and innovated in mainstream contemporary dance


Through a British Council Scotland fund they are currently undertaking a research project that explores where barriers might lie for 'outlier artists’ especially in the ever changing and uncertain environment in which these innovators are making work, which not only poses challenges to the artists themselves but also to the organisations who develop producing models in support of artistic creation, presentation and distribution.  

The project aims to find ways to encourage and empower these artists who live and work in ‘the spaces between’ to better articulate and mobilise their practices to increase collaborative opportunities in Europe through a strong sense of peerage; in depth understanding of international opportunities and by fostering key allies and networks that are resonant with their practice.