Thu 10 Feb | 10:00 – 11:30 | Theatre Museum | ONLY FOR LIVE PARTICIPANTS

UA Talks X Ice Hot: Dance in the age of ecocrisis?

This discussion will be recorded and released as podcast later on.

The climate crisis is one of the most urgent challenges of our times. New reports keep showing us that we are running out of time. Systemic and structural change needs to take place on multiple levels simultaneously. 

What can we do with dance in the midst of a global crisis? How do we move towards more sustainable working structures? What are the future horizons of dance (touring, working, international collaborations)? What will we have to give up, what will we gain? 

Speakers: tbc
Moderator: tbc

Helsinki-based antiracist and feminist arts community UrbanApa joins Ice Hot in creating a series of conversations around some of the most urgent topics in contemporary dance. During three consecutive sessions UA Talks X Ice Hot brings together artists, curators and producers to talk about dance in the age of the eco crisis, about inclusivity, diversity, power, and responsibility. 

UA Talks will be recorded and released as podcasts later on.

Thu 10 Feb | 13:00 – 14:00 | Theatre Museum | STREAM FOR REGISTERED PARTICIPANTS

Meet the curators: Perspectives on programming Ice Hot Helsinki

Let’s talk about curating a Nordic dance platform!
Can the artistic selections give an insight into what’s hot right now in Nordic dance and choreography, while also strengthening the Nordic dance ecosystem?

Ice Hot Helsinki’s co-curators and jury members talk about the aims and issues in making artistic selections for this platform edition and discuss the curating process from their diverse perspectives.

The discussion will be livestreamed and recorded.

Thu 10 Feb | 16:00 – 17:30 | Theatre Museum | STREAM OPEN FOR EVERYONE

Nurturing Change

Theatre and festival directors from different continents meet to share and discuss their paths for nurturing change in their regions and contexts.

How can art organisations listen, follow and support the movements leading to change?
How to practice solidarity and channel resources to societal transformation?
What does decolonising mean in practice?

The panelists are members of Dramatic Episodes, a network initiated by the Goethe-Institut focusing on the future role of theatre in civil society.

Moderated by Satu Herrala, curator, choreographer, researcher (FI)

Speakers: tbc

The discussion will be livestreamed and recorded.

Fri 11 Feb | 10:00 – 11:30 | Theatre Museum | ONLY FOR LIVE PARTICIPANTS

UA Talks X Ice Hot: Focus on audiences! Who is here and who is not here

The lack of diversity both on stage and off stage has been in constant discussion during the past few years. Despite good intentions and the fact that the population of the Nordic countries keeps diversifying, reaching new audiences and communities seems to be extremely hard. Why is this? And how could the situation be improved? Through our focus on audiences we will go deeper into conversations about structural change. 

Speakers and moderator: tbc

Helsinki-based antiracist and feminist arts community UrbanApa joins Ice Hot in creating a series of conversations around some of the most urgent topics in contemporary dance. During three consecutive sessions UA Talks X Ice Hot brings together artists, curators and producers to talk about dance in the age of the eco crisis, about inclusivity, diversity, power, and responsibility. 

The discussions will be recorded and released as podcasts later on.

Fri 11 Feb | 13:00 – 14:30 | MUU Helsinki Contemporary Art Centre | STREAM OPEN FOR EVERYONE

Encounter with Asia Network for Dance (AND+) and European Dancehouse Network (EDN)

What does a sustainable dance production cycle look like in Asia and Europe? How has it responded to the pandemic and climate crisis?
What possibilities do we see in how to produce and distribute dance in the future, focusing on exchanges between these continents?

Speakers from two major networks, AND+ and EDN, as well as artists will give insights into the dance production cycle from diverse regions and countries in Asia and Europe.
EDN Member Tanssin talo – Dance House of Helsinki will introduce their artistic development project SPARKS.

The seminar is supported by EDN and the Creative Europe programme of the European Union and will be livestreamed.

Fri 11 Feb | 15:30 – 17:00 | MUU Helsinki Contemporary Art Centre | STREAM FOR REGISTERED PARTICIPANTS

The future is now: Working with and for teenage audiences

Reaching and engaging young adults and teenagers is in many ways a sustainability matter: it’s about growing future audiences and bringing up the next generation of artists, but also about career development opportunities for artists and ways of expanding their audience base.

A panel offering multiple perspectives will discuss two interconnected topics: working with teenagers in artistic processes and finding new audiences for contemporary dance and choreography in teenagers. What does the future generation wish from contemporary dance experiences and demand from presenting venues and artists?

Speakers & moderator tbc

Sat 12 Feb | 10:00 – 11:30 | MUU Helsinki Contemporary Art Centre | ONLY FOR LIVE PARTICIPANTS

UA Talks X Ice Hot: Power, responsibility and politics of curating!

The nature of power is elusive, especially in the fields of arts and culture. In the aftermaths of #MeToo and BLM we have noticed how difficult and yet necessary it is to talk about power, hierarchies and responsibilities. The way to a safer and more inclusive dance field is to increase transparency in who is holding power, how are people appointed, how decisions are made and who are the gatekeepers.

Speakers & Moderator tbc

Helsinki-based antiracist and feminist arts community UrbanApa joins Ice Hot in creating a series of conversations around some of the most urgent topics in contemporary dance. During three consecutive sessions UA Talks X Ice Hot brings together artists, curators and producers to talk about dance in the age of the eco crisis, about inclusivity, diversity, power, and responsibility. 

The discussions will be recorded and released as podcasts later on.

Sat 12 Feb | 13:00 – 14:00 | MUU Helsinki Contemporary Art Centre | ONLY FOR LIVE PARTICIPANTS

Greener productions & distribution practices — how far should we go?

Ecological awareness has been making its way into strategies and policies as well as everyday practices for a good while. Solutions for smarter touring and greener technical riders are being tried and developed. We should be heading for greener artistic production and distribution practices.

In this talk we are posing the question: How ready are we as creators and practitioners to compromise for the sake of the environment – and to which lengths should we even go?

Get inspired, challenged and throw in your own solutions and wildest ideas!

Speakers & moderation tbc

Sat 12 Feb | 14:30 – 15:30 | Theatre Museum | STREAM OPEN FOR EVERYONE

How sustainable can international live events be?

Ice Hot Nordic Dance has worked on minimizing the carbon footprint of the Helsinki platform and maximizing the gain that all participants get out of the experience. What have we learned from this stimulating, yet complex process so far and what can be learned from other sectors? How can we all act as agents of change in making our events more sustainable?

Speakers:
Helmi Saksala, Communications specialist
Katarina Lindholm, Ice Hot Nordic Dance partner / Ice Hot Helsinki Project Lead
Katariina Uusitupa, Production Manager of Flow Festival
Other speakers tbc

The discussion will be livestreamed and recorded.