The International Festival of Contemporary Dance in Athens ARC FOR DANCE FESTIVAL, with Artistic Director Frosso Trousa at its helm, has been organized since 2008 by the nonprofit arts company DAN.C.CE Unitiva, and since 2018 it is enjoying the support of the Greek State and the European Union through the Operational Program “ATTICA 2014-2020”.
The festival that spearheaded the effort to bring new trends and choreographers to the forefront is reaffirming its faith in the open dynamic of dance as this is reflected in its continuous interaction with other art forms and expressions.
It is insisting on fostering the appropriate environment allowing for the emergence of innovative creative trajectories and a substantial experimentation on the language of dance by novice and seasoned choreographers alike.
It is broadening the contribution of Greek artists in the global discourse on dance by facilitating their participation in international networks and inviting to Greece dance professionals, programmers and specialists from around the world.
It is enhancing the presence and visibility of dance in the public sphere and proposing new approaches to comprehending and relishing the movement of the human body.
Above all, ARC FOR DANCE FESTIVAL is opening up the prospect of continuity, of its fundamental development and improvement, at least one vector of which may be identified in the euphorically radical suggestion of remarkable contemporary artist Janine Antoni:
Following Joseph Beuys’s logic that we are all artists, I would like to suggest that we are all choreographers. We are constantly adjusting our movements, not only to perform a given task but also to express our inner states. It is only our level of awareness or consciousness that keeps us from experiencing ourselves as choreographers.
— Janine Antoni
This coming September, ARC for DANCE FESTIVAL draws attention to the specific and urgent issue of symbiotic pleasure, the multidimensional beauty of life, as offered to us by dance rituals and as put to the test of new public health data and protocols.
ARC for DANCE FESTIVAL invites us to a special tribute at the Municipal Theatre of Piraeus titled “Protocol 1: Body Present," in an attempt to reconvene the dance community – in other words, to re-create the circumstances, in real time and in real place, under which a work of art may be literally embodied, with bodies present, (inter)acting, feeling, in a shared experience.
Responsibly participating in the broader social discourse that arose from the pandemic, ARC for DANCE FESTIVAL chooses to focus on effectively supporting the people of the dance community in Greece and, with the cooperation of the Municipality of Piraeus, to enable them to prepare and present some of their new and well-known works.
Adhering to all safety standards for both artists and viewers, ARC remains true to its mission and calls for “bodies present,” focusing on the newly enhanced importance of understanding the fragility of human life while also empowering the present and caring for the future. ARC invents and proposes new ways in which we may relish movement, music, coexistence, community, and the human labor invested in them, amidst the unprecedented state of an ever more taxing normality.
ARC offers a different protocol of thought, action, responsibility and care, empowering and supporting a wide range of Greek artists, who will be presenting seven of their works at the Municipal Theatre of Piraeus during 17–20 September 2020, dancing against absence, indifference and alienation, interpreting presence, and sharing in the (e)motion of the free body, the body present.
The consistent development and systematic cultivation of a healthy ecosystem of dance has been, since 2008, the work of DAN.C.CE Unitiva, the nonprofit arts company that has been organizing ARC FOR DANCE FESTIVAL, enjoys the support of Dance Cultural Center (DAN.C.CE) and is a member of the wider European network Aerowaves – Dance across Europe.
Froso Trousa Founder - Chairwoman DAN.C.CE UNITIVA
Artistic Director ARC FOR DANCE FESTIVAL
Dimitris Nasiakos Co-founder and Deputy Chairman DAN.C.CE UNITIVA
Production Manager ARC FOR DANCE FESTIVAL
Evita Karadimitri Programming Manager DAN.C.CE UNITIVA
Director Visual Communication ARC FOR DANCE FESTIVAL
The "International Festival of Contemporary Dance ARC FOR DANCE FESTIVAL"
is realized within the context of the Operational Program "ATTICA 2014-2020"
and is co-funded by the European Union (European Regional Development Fund) and national resources.
The realization of the “13th International Festival of Contemporary Dance ARC FOR DANCE FESTIVAL”
is in compliance with accessibility provisions, in order to ensure accessibility to PWD.