Kliker is the first Croatian platform for development of contemporary dance for young audiences. It was initiated by dance artist Sanja Tropp Frühwald and VRUM Performing Arts Collective in September of 2013. and it includes several other dance organizations: Dance center TALA [Zagreb], Prostor Plus [Rijeka], IKS Festival [Split], Kotar Theatre [Delnice], Mediterranean Dance Center / Zagreb Dance Company [San Vincenti / Zagreb], Dance Workshop Ilijana Lončar [Požega], Assitej Croatia [Croatian network of professional and professionally directed theatres for children and young people], Center for Performing Arts Varaždin and festival Days of Contemporary Dance in Varaždin, with recently started collaboration with Theatre Epicentre.
The main goal within this comprehensive and long-term project is to find new forms of production in which young audience is involved in the process of creating a theatre piece or to partake in overall artistic processes. While working with professional artists, experts, educators and teachers we search for current and topical approach to dance and to sustainable audience development. In this process, structures and methods of selection and evaluation of young audience’s theatre content are being formed and standardized.
Generator is a long-term collaborative project that aspires to contribute to the development of performing arts for young audiences in the Balkan region. Central to the project are children, their position in society and issues important for their advancement and future. Therefore, Generator will focus on potentials that performing arts and its related practices have, their ability to communicate with children, introduce and renegotiate systems of valorization as well as address relevant and sensitive issues from diverse perspectives. All this is supposed to be implemented as a set of tools for various education programmes of theaters, dance centers and venues, kinder gardens, elementary and special schools, parents and families. It will join the forces of all regional players and make the new platform more visible, efficient and socially relevant.
The Young Dance Network aspires to create a space for long-term networking and development which in time would provide choreographers, dancers and dramaturges working across the field with a strong platform from which they can work, develop and energize the field of contemporary dance for young audiences. It will hope to develop strong bonds between artists, recruiting new interested parties, finding through exploration of common points of interest, new inspirations and possible collaborative projects and exchanges.
An aim of the network will be to enhance methods for sharing competencies regarding dance for young audiences. The art of dancing is passed on from person to person. Through a process of learning from each other, each person acquires experiences that enable them to develop specific skills and competences. In order to learn more and to share these specificities, environments are needed in which to expose practices and ideas.