Hi everyone! I’m Dasha Lavrennikov.
I am a dancer and choreographer, who was born in Russia, grew up and trained on the East Coast of the U.S (at Concord Acadmey and Connecticut College), and is currently based in Sevilla, Spain.
I have recently received a great honor: I am one of 65 artists selected to receive a danceWEB scholarship, out of an applicant pool of over 1023 dancers and choreographers worldwide. It's a very important recognition of my work as an emerging artist in contemporary dance and a life-changing opportunity for me.
DanceWEB is essentially a 5-week week residency program, within the frame of ImPulsTanz - Vienna international Dance Festival, taking place in July/August.
It allows 65 young professional dancers and choreographers from a diversity of countries and backgrounds the possibility to continue an intense multinational professional training program while being provided with space, time, resources and mentorship to develop and exhibit their artistic work in the field of Contemporary Dance and Performance. Moreover it provides the opportunity to develop important networks with artists from all over the world. ImPulsTanz is the largest international Dance Festival in Europe, and thus one of the best places to develop future international collaborations and networking for young artists. Two artistic mentors and renowned international choreographers Benoît Lachambre & Robin Poitras, will facilitate our choreographic work. Impulsetanz is essentially a gathering of creative thinkers, performers, dancers, teachers, and theorists in the fields of contemporary dance and performances.
Participating in the danceWEB program is a tremendous opportunity for me, providing space, time and mentorship for artistic exploration, collaboration and growth. I will share the artistic work I create and the knowledge gathered with my local dance communities upon my return, with the hopes of promoting further cultural and artistic exchange.
Why do I need to raise money if I have already been awarded a scholarship??
Dear friends I am asking for your support to make this dance project possible for me. In order to participate in this danceWEB programme this summer 2012, I need to secure 1/3 of the scholarship ($ 2,850). The European Commission as well as several Austrian funding organizations will fund the remaining 2/3 of the expenses. In addition to the tuition cost, I will be providing my own personal funding for airfare and meal expenses for the duration of 5 weeks.
There are very few resources for emerging artists and their professional development in the US, as well as in Spain where I currently live.
Therefore I must rely on private donations from family, friends, and wonderful supporters like you.
This funding needs to be provided by July 1st, 2012.
Thus I am in need of $2850 to cover my expenses and make this project a reality. With your support I will be able to complete the amount needed so that I can attend danceWEB this summer!!!
Any amount you can contribute helps!
Please feel free to spread the word about this campaign to anyone you know and think would be interested in helping me out.
Thankyou so much for your time and support!
A bit about me:
I am a young artist committed to and interested in working outside of the commercialized arts sector, using the creative and performance process to explore, reflect on, question and comment on issues and themes that touch our contemporary society and the human being in its diversity. I am interested in inventing alternative realities on stage as well as through interventions in urban spaces through the use of poetic multi-sensorial languages that allow us to communicate, collaborate with, and provoke the audience as well as those engaged in the creative process.
Over the past few years I have been fortunate to get to work and play creating, collaborating, and performing in diverse international projects in France, Spain, Denmark, Russia, Germany, Peru, Colombia, Brazil, India and the United States. I have witnessed and experienced how the artistic process transforms lives and communities; the creative process allows each and every human being (who participates as performer or active spectator) to explore, express, communicate and generate a dialogue between our inner subjective and outer objective worlds.
What moves and shakes me up? How can we explore and transcend dominant social structures, represenations and images of the body, and the culture of fear and anxiety within our contemporary society through dance and performance processes?
Let’s mutually enter into a constantly conscious state of questioning, transgression, and intercommunication: provoking emotions and using bodies as a point of interaction, points of departure, a permeable quality that exchanges energy, intelligence, sensations, and narratives.
I am diving into an exploration of how to use my creative artistic process to transform dominant vertical social relations into horizontal spaces of critically conscious playful and rebellious exchange: here movement, touch, breath and voice allows one to permeate frontiers of the body, sharing and exchanging energy, meaning, and sense of humanity.
Alongside the creative process, productions, and artistic collaborations, I am committed to developing methods and techniques to provide what I believe to be a pertinent experimental performing arts education to children, adolescents and adults. I am concerned with increasing access to quality performing arts education in particular in respects to marginalized populations in cities/towns. Over the last years I have witnessed how dance , physical theater, and performance practices develop body mind awareness, our human creative empathetic capacities, as well as our multi-sensorial somatic capacities. Building and developing self esteem and our sense of solidarity through performing arts practices we are able to exchange experiences, knowledge and our diverse visions of the world through our multiples intelligences and generic human creative capacity to respond our environment and struggle for human dignity, regardless of how oppressive, disfunctional, and fractured this reality may be.
Here is the break down of what I'm receiving as part of danceWeb. You'll see what an incredible gift and honor this is for an emerging choreographer like me!
- Individual coaching by the danceWEB artistic mentors Benoît Lachambre (CA) & Robin Poitras (CA)
- Participation in the research projects of ImPulsTanz 2012 (ProSeries and CoachingProjects)
- Participation in the technique workshops of ImPulsTanz 2012
- Free Admission to all performances of ImPulsTanz 2012
- Free Accommodation in Vienna for the period of the Scholarship Programme (single or double room)
- Free Access to approx. 300 awarded dance film videos as well as to screenings of documentations and to the dance film productions of artists and companies who perform at the ImPulsTanz
- Exchange of ideas and contact with the international teachers and choreographers of ImPulsTanz 2012
- Lecture demonstrations & talks
- Special projects exclusively offered to danceWEB scholarship holders
- representation in the yearly growing, international danceWEB-database at www.jardindeurope.eu