The Digital Leap learning modules are 5-day events consisting theory about and hands-on training in digital platforms from different perspectives. The modules offer you an opportunity to develop different skills in digitalization. Topics range from promoting and presenting performances by using digital tools, creating new artistic works in digital and virtual environments, and learning how to employ them in a way that best suits your own artistic practice. Experts of different disciplines will act as teachers, mentors and facilitators.
Although we believe in the possibilities of digital tools, we think creating and getting new ideas works best through face-to-face encounters. Therefore we want to bring artists together in spring 2022 for 5-day learning modules in Prague (CZ) and Vilnius (LT). The learning modules are organized in connection with a local festival and are therefore an excellent opportunity to network with colleagues and presenters from across Europe.
The overall aim for Digital Leap is to produce relevant digital learning materials from each module. The materials will be made available to the performing arts communities in the partner countries to extend the gained knowledge to even more artists.
The learning modules are free of charge for all selected participants. Digital Leap will cover the travel and accommodation costs of the participants. Meals, local transportation and other costs will be at participants’ own expense. Please note that you will need to travel to Prague/Vilnius the day before and depart the day after the module dates.
Module 1 – Promoting your work in digital and virtual environments
14. – 18.2.2022Prague, Czech Republic – Hosted by Arts and Theatre Institute ATI
This module focuses on the fundamental knowledge of the digital environment of today, the largest content distribution platforms and social media networks, their specific formats and the algorithm phenomena.
The module consists of theoretical and inspirational lectures from industry leaders and a series of practical workshops focusing on strategic planning and unique content creation.
Basic knowledge of digital marketing terminology is needed, therefore all participants will receive some necessary materials in advance.
The module is coordinated by PerformCzech, a team of curators and coordinators at the Arts and Theatre Institute in Prague. The module includes networking activities organized in collaboration with Cirqueon, an umbrella organization dedicated to the support and development of contemporary circus in the Czech Republic, and with Vision of Dance, an association of independent professionals and organizations from the field of dance and physical theatre. In the accompanying program you can expect to visit various Prague cultural venues and performances offered by Cirkopolis festival.
Module 2 – What’s next in the digital world
2 – 6.5.2022, Vilnius, Lithuania – Hosted by Lithuanian Dance Information Centre
In this module the participants will learn to understand XR and streaming technology, and how to adapt their work to these platforms. We aim to be inspired by the possibilities of these technologies as well as look into future developments in these areas.
The focus of the module will be on future insights, how to use these technologies and connect to them and share experiences.
The module is organized by the Lithuanian Dance Information Centre, a non-governmental organization dedicated to contemporary dance and circus. Lithuanian Dance Information Centre is the organizer of the New Baltic Dance Festival. In the accompanying program we will visit cultural venues around Vilnius and see performances at the New Baltic Dance festival.
Who can apply?
- Professional* circus and dance artists based in Czech Republic, France, Finland, Lithuania, Norway, Spain or Sweden.
- We expect you to be interested in gaining new digital skills and having learning goals for the module and that you are also interested in networking opportunities with the international dance and circus scene.
- We expect the applicants to have an existing online presence, eg. a website and/or social media profiles, so that they can make use of these as working material and tools as well as distribution channels during the module.
- Applicants are expected to be familiar with working with computers and mobile devices.
- No previous international working experience is required, but we hope you have a clear vision of how you want to work internationally in the future.
- The learning modules will be carried out in English, therefore we expect the applicants to have working proficiency in English.
- We encourage artists from all career stages to apply.
- There are no age limits.
* Circus and dance artists who either have a formal education in their art form, artistic working experience in a professional context or have received public funding for their artistic work.
How to apply?
Please send in your application by filling out the application form on the project website. Be prepared to tell a bit about your experience with digital platforms and your future plans for both working with digital tools and international networking.
You can apply for and be selected to participate in both of the modules, but you may also be chosen for only one of them.
Four artists representing circus and/or dance from each participating country will be chosen for each of the modules, creating groups of 28 artists per module.
- Participants must be present for the full five days of the learning module(s).
- Participants must bring their own laptop to the learning module.
- Travel and accommodation costs will be covered by Digital Leap. Meals, local transportation and other costs will be at participants’ own expense. Accompanying program will be offered by the local coordinator (visits to performances, networking activities etc.).
- Participants need to take care of their own travellers’ insurance, Covid passports and other related certificates needed for travel to the relevant country.
- Participants will be asked to give feedback in a survey after the module.
- The application must be written in English.
- Participants will be asked to do some preparatory tasks in the weeks prior to the module.
- By attending the modules you agree to be photographed and recorded for the learning materials produced and communication activities related to Digital Leap
The call closes on Monday 22.11.2021 at 17:00 EET / 16:00 CET.
The selections will be made by Digital Leap partner organisations based on the quality of the applications, paying attention to the diversity among participants.
The applicants will be informed about the selection in mid December.
If selected, the participants will receive more detailed information and some pre-tasks to prepare 2-3 weeks before the learning module.
Questions about the call or the project? Please contact us:
Czech Republic: Eva Cíchová, email@example.com
Finland: Johanna Terhemaa, firstname.lastname@example.org
France: Laura Jude, email@example.com
Lithuania: Gintare Masteikaite, firstname.lastname@example.org
Spain: Ester Criado, email@example.com
Sweden: Christina Simpson, firstname.lastname@example.org