15m2

festival

internacional

de microdansa

itinerant

1st edition 2021: josep beulas – santa coloma de farners (girona)

15m2

festival

internacional

de microdansa

itinerant

1st edition 2021: josep beulas – santa coloma de farners (girona)

15m2

festival

internacional

de microdansa

itinerant

1st edition 2021: josep beulas – santa coloma de farners (girona)

15m2 international festival of itinerant microdance

  15m2 is a festival of itinerant microdance that takes place in unconventional spaces around a central theme and a specific place, with the aim of connecting the scenic creation to the cultural fabric of the territory and the fields of knowledge.

  A small-format emerging festival to reflect on art, culture, and contemporary society. A way to weave links between the cultural sectors and the citizenship from the central theme and the territory.

1st edition: josep beulas - santa coloma de farners

horizon

  The first edition of the festival will be held on the work of the painter Josep Beulas in his hometown -Santa Coloma de Farners (Girona)-, under the theme Horizon.

  Beulas (1921-2017) is one of the most important landscape painters of the second half of the twentieth century. He created a synthesis painting at the limit of abstraction, and deeply worked on the idea of the horizon: landscapes of desolate agrarian environments, without any vegetation, abandoned by man and modernity, where the horizon line connects the essentiality of his landscapes. The year 2021 marks the centenary of his birth and the festival wants to vindicate the value of his work and his personality, a simple man who loved art and the environment where he lived.

  Fragment of the documentary Aún Pinto. Beulas: retrato a los 95 años. Sally Gutiérrez, CDAN 2019.

  Biography of Josep Beulas and Recasens (here)

  Links of interest

  Santa Coloma de Farners (Girona)

1st edition: josep beulas - santa coloma de farners

horizon

  The first edition of the festival will be held on the work of the painter Josep Beulas in his hometown -Santa Coloma de Farners (Girona)-, under the theme Horizon.

  Beulas (1921-2017) is one of the most important landscape painters of the second half of the twentieth century. He created a synthesis painting at the limit of abstraction, and deeply worked on the idea of the horizon: landscapes of desolate agrarian environments, without any vegetation, abandoned by man and modernity, where the horizon line connects the essentiality of his landscapes. The year 2021 marks the centenary of his birth and the festival wants to vindicate the value of his work and his personality, a simple man who loved art and the environment where he lived.

  Fragment of the documentary Aún Pinto. Beulas: retrato a los 95 años. Sally Gutiérrez, CDAN 2019.

  Biography of Josep Beulas and Recasens (here)

  Links of interest

  Santa Coloma de Farners (Girona)

1st edition: josep beulas – santa coloma de farners

  15m2 is a festival of itinerant microdance that takes place in unconventional spaces around a central theme and a specific place, with the aim of connecting the scenic creation to the cultural fabric of the territory and the fields of knowledge.
  A small-format emerging festival with reduced seating capacity that creates a climate of intimacy and proximity between the creators and the audience. A way to reflect on art, culture, and contemporary society, weaving links between the cultural sectors and the citizenship from the central theme and the territory.

  We expect to host a total of 10 creative projects: 8 selected from this call and 2 invited by the festival organizers.

  The festival wants to promote and support the creation of small-format scenic proposals in small spaces, both for the quality and the interest of the projects. We also want to encourage the creation of scenography proposals in movement works, with research of scenography elements related to the central theme. On one hand, we want to promote local and proximity creation, and on the other hand, we want to welcome creations from outside Spain to internationalize the festival. In each edition, we will try to reach a minimum of 2 local creations and 2 from outside Spain.

  In order to recognize the work and effort of the creators and the projects presented, the festival will organize an awards ceremony with 4 categories:
          – Best interpretation Award
          – Best scenography creation Award
          – Root and memory Award
          – Audience Award

  15m2 was born with the desire to create a circuit of itinerant microdance in the Catalan territory, not only to expand the scenic creation and cultural programming outside the big cities, but also to build a framework for exchange with programmers and cultural managers of small format. A transversal and transparent festival to give visibility to the labor situation of the performing arts sector.

terms and conditions of the call

  The festival 15m2 opens a call for 8 creative projects that will be presented within the program of the 1st edition: Josep Beulas – Santa Coloma de Farners under the theme Horizon on 4 and 5 September 2021.

aimed at
  Creators, artists and researchers linked to the performing arts, with backgrounds from any artistic field, but who consider the body and movement as the main tools of their work. Open to local, national and international creators.

requirements
          – microdance creations will be short pieces between 15 and 20 minutes and will be inspired by the theme of the festival. In case you want to present ideas or projects that have been already developed, you should adapt the proposal to the work lines of the call.
          – movement and body will be the main themes of the proposals, although other disciplines of the performing arts or multidisciplinary projects can also be included.
          – the scenic space will be a square with sides of 3.90m in length with a surface of  15m2.
          – the creations must be adapted to the festival’s exhibition spaces, which may be either indoors or outdoors. The organization of the festival, with the agreement of the creators, will decide the stages according to the proposals and the casuistry of the place.
          – the show spaces will be unconventional, so the creations must have few technical requirements and no special lighting needs.
          – times of assembling and dismantling should be no longer than 10 minutes each one.
          – in addition to the show, you will have the option of performing between 2 and 3 more shows on the proposed stage. The festival organization, with the agreement of the creators, will decide the number of shows according to the project.
          – availability on September 4th and 5th, 2021.

evaluation criteria
  The main criteria will be the quality of the artistic proposal and its interest in the context of contemporary stage creation. As a guideline, there are other criteria or interests which match with the work lines developed by the festival:
          – links with other artistic disciplines and fields of knowledge.
          – capacity to generate a context of reflection and critical thinking around the proposal.
          – scenography creation projects, with scenography elements and materials related to the central theme.
          – projects of local and proximity creation.
          – projects that exude robustness and solidity in the creative process, with values of roots and memory and a willingness to listen to the rhythm of the scene.
          – interest in establishing a dialogue with the festival to define possible collaborations in the processes of stage creation.

we offer
          – a platform to weave links and collaborations with other creators and cultural managers.
          – a financial contribution for participating in the festival; 350 € for the creation and presentation of the project. If extra shows are performed (between 2 and 3), 170 € per show will be added. Each selected project must invoice the amount agreed with the organization of the festival.
          – possibility to participate in the activities of Knowledge and territory organized by the festival to generate a context of reflection and critical thinking around the theme.
          – visibility and diffusion through the different communication channels of the festival.

Important: the financial contribution for the participation in the festival and the economic endowment of the awarded prizes is subject to the outcome of the grants presented by the festival. Also, the organization will not be responsible for accommodation or travel. In case of coming from outside Catalonia, the possibility of covering part of the travel expenses will be assessed if funding is obtained.

documentation to be submitted
          – completed form. Fill it out here.
          – description of the microdance project: brief synthesis of the idea and current moment of the proposal, objectives, interests and general work lines (maximum 2 pages).
          – images or audiovisual material of previous works and/or of the proposal presented in case you are already working on it.
          – complementary information: related materials or contents, references, trajectory, works with scenography elements and materials, etc.
          – CV: artistic trajectory of the creators (maximum 1 page for each creator).

To participate, please fill out the form and attach all the requested documentation by e-mail to info@festival15m2.cat

deadline
  The deadline for submitting microdance projects will be April 30th, 2021.

resolution
  The publication of the selected projects of the call will be made during the month of May on the website www.festival15m2.cat, and the resolution will be communicated by e-mail to the participants.

  Participating in this call implies the acceptance of the rules and the conformity with the decision of the organization.

contact information
  15m2 Festival Internacional de Microdansa Itinerant
  info@festival15m2.cat

thematic axis: subject and locality

  The festival is structured around a thematic area, with a specific theme and place that highlight the territory and the fields of knowledge.

  The themes are related to current affairs and to artistic, cultural, traditional, historical, scientific or natural knowledges, in order to emphasize the uniqueness of the territory. Thus, for example, the themes of future editions will be diverse: from themes related to the plastic arts such as the literary work of a poet, the plastic work of a sculptor or a photographer, to contents linked to cultural, historical, archaeological or natural heritage, or contents related to knowledge of customs and beliefs, crafts, rural art or Romanesque art.

  Also, current issues and social criticism such as the problem of plastic waste, depopulation, aging and dependence of the elderly, or liquid modernity.

microdance

stage

  15m2 is a microdance festival that takes place in unconventional spaces of 15m2, located both indoors and outdoors, interesting because of the theme and the municipality of the festival. The stage will be square with sides of 3.90m in length.

  The reduced dimensions of the stage will create a bare, intimate and close atmosphere with the public, with the aim of promoting new audiences in unconventional dance spaces.

  The audience will be placed according to the characteristics of the selected places, for example, in small spaces there may be 1 audience side with 15 seats or, in larger or outdoor spaces, 3 or 4 audience sides with 45 and 60 seats respectively.

creation

Microdance creations will be short pieces between 15 and 20 minutes, inspired by the theme of the festival. Movement and body will be the main axis of the proposals, although other artistic disciplines will be also welcomed. The festival will value the creation of scenography proposals with elements and materials related to the central theme to encourage scenography creation in movement works.

The creations must be adapted to the festival’s exhibition spaces, with few technical requirements, without special lighting needs and with times of assembling and dismantling no longer than 10 minutes respectively.

program

  The festival will host 10 microdance creations. There will be a public call for the selection of 8 proposals and the festival will propose 2 creations as guests. The proposals will be chosen according to the artistic criteria of the festival and territorial criteria. On the one hand, we want to encourage local creation and proximity to the locality of the festival, and on the other hand, we want to welcome creations from outside Spain to internationalize the festival.

  The festival wants to generate a microdance circuit in the Catalan territory to decentralize and expand the scenic creation and cultural programs outside the big cities.

knowledge and territory

  15m2 is a festival that wants to generate critical thinking to reflect on art, culture and contemporary society, to highlight the territory and the fields of knowledge. A way to weave links between creators and performing artists, cultural sectors and citizenship from a thematic area, as well as link the scenic creation with the cultural fabric of the territory.

  The festival will create one or several complementary activities (workshops, debates, talks, exhibitions, plastic installations, etc.) to the stage shows, both to connect the non-stage disciplines and to create participatory processes for the citizenship with the theme and locality of the festival.

  One of the final objectives of the festival will be the construction of literary or visual works based on the thematic area of reflection, from artistic, scientific and documentary point of views. Thus, for example, depending on the areas of knowledge of the theme, a group of experts or a participatory process will prepare a final document as a synthesis of the festival.

knowledge and territory

  15m2 is a festival that wants to generate critical thinking to reflect on art, culture and contemporary society, to highlight the territory and the fields of knowledge. A way to weave links between creators and performing artists, cultural sectors and citizenship from a thematic area, as well as link the scenic creation with the cultural fabric of the territory.

  The festival will create one or several complementary activities (workshops, debates, talks, exhibitions, plastic installations, etc.) to the stage shows, both to connect the non-stage disciplines and to create participatory processes for the citizenship with the theme and locality of the festival.

  One of the final objectives of the festival will be the construction of literary or visual works based on the thematic area of reflection, from artistic, scientific and documentary point of views. Thus, for example, depending on the areas of knowledge of the theme, a group of experts or a participatory process will prepare a final document as a synthesis of the festival.

organization and support

The 15m2 festival is organized by Última vèrtebra, a platform for research and investigation around movement and contemporary scenic language. A space for creators, dancers and collaborators from other artistic disciplines, with the desire to connect the fields of knowledge and the uniqueness of the territory with the scenic creation, a look at art and the rhythm of contemporary society.

    The festival is supported by the Municipality of Santa Coloma de Farners and the Association of Dance Professionals of Catalonia (APdC) and has been selected by the project Carretera i Dansa: Beques de Dansa Aplicada 2021 of APdC.