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CLASH! International Festival

The Hybrid in Dance Models, between Classic and Contemporary

The videos of the Festival are available on the official Vimeo channel by request

Held from the 8th to the 13th of December 2020, CLASH! International Festival. The Hybrid in Dance Models, between Classic and Contemporary was an intense journey through dance that made possible a "virtual meeting" between different countries and European partners. Six events dedicated to dance were broadcasted every day on the official website and on Facebook/Vimeo sharing the roundtables and the screendance performances produced by the partners involved in the project Clash! When Classic and Contemporary Dance Collide and New Forms Emerge, promoted by Balletto di Roma (Italy) and co-funded by Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. Coordinated by Sapienza University of Rome (Italy), every day of the CLASH! International Festival was curated by each partner-dance company - Balletto di Roma (Italy), 420PEOPLE (Czech Republic), Companhia de Dança de Almada (Portugal), Derida Dance Center / Art Link Foundation (Bulgaria), Polski Teatr Tanca/ Polish Dance Theater (Poland) - focusing on a particular issue explored along the project in the last two years.

During the Festival week, the online program was followed by hundreds of viewers from all over the world, making also possible an interaction between the users and the producers thanks to the live chat on the social network. Born before the pandemic, CLASH! International Festival had to face, during its realization, the new complexity of the present becoming a new “hybrid” event, crossing live and digital instruments: an unexpected evolution that discovered in the problem an opportunity for a further step into new research areas.

We are now happy to announce that it will be possible to watch the videos of the Festival days on the official channel users can request access to one of the Festival days by writing to


The Days of the CLASH! International Festival

The opening day was curated by 420PEOPLE: the presentation by the director Václav Kuneš was followed by a roundtable and a workshop on the topic of the Audience Development and the impact of pandemic; the issues were discussed with the keynote speakers Petra Kašparová (420PEOPLE AD expert), Rosťa Novák (actor, director, performer, choreographer, founder and principal of the new circus ensemble Cirk La Putyka and artistic director of the multifunctional space Jatka78) and Lukáš Jandač (director of the international start-up project GoOut). Then, 420PEOPLE presented the screendance performance ORĪGĪ (direction, concept and choreography: Václav Kuneš - cinematography and postproduction: Tomáš Vlček). The plot in the film brought together three dancers (Simona Machovičová, Francesca Amante, Fanny Barrouquére): a ballerina, a musical dancer and a martial arts representative. Thanks to the initial duel (clash!) between the dancers, a new (fourth) style was created, which was the only channel of communication, showing the body is the best technology: the only possible truth.

Day 2 was curated by Polski Teatr Tańca: the theme of the day, presented by Iwona Pasińska (Director of PDT) and Agnieszka Jachym (dancer and coordinator of the CLASH! Project), was “Optimal Training for the Contemporary Dancer & Involvement of the Public in Dancer’s Everyday Life”. The international choreographers, Václav Kuneš (Czech Republic), Maciej Kuźmiński (Poland) and Yoshiko Waki (Germany), reflected together on which techniques can nurture contemporary dancer training and discussed practices how to reach a wider audience and involve its members in dance. Then, Polski Teatr Tańca presented the screendance performance Find the love in the dark, choreography by Davide Valrosso, as a part of the creative exchange with Balletto di Roma. The dance piece explores the theme of love and the “clash” between good and difficult (artists-dancers of Polish Dance Theatre: Agnieszka Jachym, Jerzy Kaźmierczak, Zbigniew Kocięba; Music: Zbigniew Kozub; director of cinematography: Marek Grabowski; editing: Edyta Pietrowska). Polski Teatr Tańca also shared a Q&A Session live on its Facebook page.

Day 3 was curated by Balletto di Roma: the theme of the day, presented by Luciano Carratoni (general manager Balletto di Roma), was “Hybrid Training for Today’s Dancers & New Training Path Strategies. Led by Francesca Magnini (artistic director Balletto di Roma), the round table saw the participation of Valerio Longo, deputy artistic director of Balletto di Roma, and Andrea Costanzo Martini (international choreographer); guest keynote speakers were Adriana Borriello (artistic director Da.Re) and Suzan Tunca (International Choreographic Arts Centre - ICK Amsterdam). Then, Balletto di Roma presented the screendance performance [dis]solution: three dancers/choreographers from Polski Teatr Tanca - Agnieszka Jachym, Jerzy Kaźmierczak and Zbigniew Kocięba - came in Rome to create a piece for three dancers of Balletto di Roma - Giulia Strambini, Michele Ruggiero, Lorenzo Castelletta - testing a movement research based on improvisation and producing confrontation between individuality and a group (assistant: Roberta De Simone; video: Matteo Carratoni; lights: Emanuele de Maria).


Day 4 was Curated by Derida Dance Centre / Art Link Foundation (Bulgaria): the theme of the day, presented by Atanas Maev (general manager of Derida Dance Center) and Milena Videnova (production assistant of Derida Dance Center), was “Culture Diplomacy as Tool for Better Achievements Before and After the New Normal”. The keynote speakers were Axenia Boneva (Ministry of Culture of Bulgaria), Desislava Pancheva (Culture contact point of Creative Europe desk), Stefka Tzaneva (Goethe institut, senior expert), Biliana Genova (Head of the Culture department of Sofia). Then, Derida Dance Centre presented the screendance performance Fractus: the choreographer Jivko Jeliazkov, together with Vladislav Iliev (visual artist) and Ivan Shopov (composer) created a visual dance performance in which bodies interact with each other in a certain geometric structure. The internal relationship develops in many layers, building a universal pattern, which associatively leads the viewer to a personal experience (Dancers: Ivona Mashova, Simona Todorova, Philip Milanov, Vyara Bolgradova; Project assistant: Isabel Mitkova; Camera: Nikolay Karasabev, Dimitаr Kunev, Alexаnder Genchev -; Video editor: Nikolay Karasabev).

Day 5 was curated by Companhia de Dança de Almada: the theme of the day, presented by the artistic director of the company, Ana Macara, was a focus on Creative Processes together with the authors of the different pieces presented in the festival. The topic was investigated also trough the presentation of the dance piece Noir by Bruno Duarte, and its adaptation for the screen, by director Marta Romero. The other choreographers involved in the panel on the CLASH! creative processes were: Vaclav Kunes (Czech Republic); Jivko Jeliazkov (Bulgaria); Davide Valrosso (Italy); Agnieszka Jachym, Jerzy Kazmierczak and Zbigniew Kocieba (Poland). Adopting the same aesthetics and ambiance of a film noir, in contrast to an admittedly contemporary soundtrack and movement, Noir was created from a series of premises designed by the different partners that inspired a work in which the individual clashes with the group that is itself constituted by confronting entities (performance: Beatriz Rousseau, Bruno Duarte, Francisco Ferreira, Joana Puntel, Luís Malaquias, Mariana Romão and Raquel Tavares; cinematography and grading: Lluís Miras; music: Brenda Lee, Bruno Duarte, Davidson Jaconello and Martin Phipps).

In order to reflect together on the impact of the pandemic on the performance field, the last day of the festival was dedicated to open a ground to exchange visions on the role digitalization can play to preserve the actualization of dance activities, and on the funding opportunities European programs will provide to sustain dance practitioners in the near future.

Day 6 was curated by Sapienza University of Rome and Balletto di Roma: the theme of the day, “Experience: Lessons Learnt, New Paths and Perspectives”, was presented by Vito Di Bernardi (full professor of History of Dance - CLASH! project manager for Sapienza University of Rome). Francesca Billi (CLASH! international relations) moderated a dialogue between three key representatives of the European Institutions: Marta Gutierrez Benet (Programme Manager, Erasmus+ programme coordination, Directorate General Education, Youth, Sport and Culture), Willibrord Sluijters (Head of unit REGIO/G.4 - Italy/Malta - Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy) and Pedro Velazquez (Deputy Head of the Creative Europe Unit, European Commission, Directorate General Education, Youth, Sport and Culture). Letizia Gioia Monda (adjunct professor of Digital Technologies for Dance and Theatre Performance at Sapienza University of Rome), in a dialogue with Andrea Costanzo Martini (Guest Choreographer of Balletto di Roma), talked about the strategies of transmissions the choreographer adopted during the pandemic. A second roundtable saw the participation of Cristina Da Milano (vice president of CAE - Culture Action Europe), Andreas Hannes (Artistic Programmer & Producer of Cinedans Fest) and Ariella Vidach (choreographer, dance pedagogue, artistic director of AiEP/ Avventure in Elicottero Prodotti), providing visions, insights and experiences on the role digital technologies are having during COVID-19 pandemic, with a special focus on the process of digitization of dance and choreographic language as part of our culture.

Then, Sapienza University of Rome presented the videodance performance The Hybrid in Dance Models. Visual Storytelling of Choreographic Creative Processes: a visual storytelling of the choreographic creative processes developed by the five dance companies, partners of the CLASH! Project (directing and editing: Chiara Crupi; dramaturgy Letizia Gioia Monda; with audiovisual contributions by Balletto di Roma, 420PEOPLE, Polski Teatr Tańca, Companhia de Dança de Almada, Derida Dance Center).

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supporting partners of the Clash festival


The event took place within the CLASH project! When Classic And Contemporary Dance Collide And New Forms Emerge, co-financed from the Creative Europe program (Grant Agreement No 2018-2032/001-001).

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The Hybrid in Dance Models, between Classic and Contemporary

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