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6th IDOCDE Symposium on Contemporary Dance Education

July 27 - 29, 2018 at ImPulsTanz Vienna International Dance Festival


You are here!

6th IDOCDE Symposium – Summer 2018


Here – in an unknown potential of knowing – you are called to create, realize, give shape to Time, Space, and a Body of Knowledge together, during the 6th IDOCDE Symposium.


Previous IDOCDE symposia aimed at encouraging not only the analytical study of how to think and speak about the practice of dancing, choreography, dance pedagogy, art and their participatory natures differently, but also the practical learning of how to do all those practices differently. This was through attentive moderation of formal and informal environments; scores that enabled sharing, analyzing, questioning, reflecting, and documenting of prepared content and presentations created on the spot – disseminated through practice and theory.  

The IDOCDE symposium of 2018 is being curated in response to what Team IDOCDE learned from the IDOCDE Community, the past symposia and within the reflective realm of the MIND THE DANCE publication. This symposium's making is unfolding differently from previous Symposia inasmuch as it is going to be based on the single priciple:

that the Symposium is (1) THE PLACE and (2) THE TIME for (3) THE BECOMING RELATIONSHIP, the content of which is going to be revealed (recognized as content) almost exclusively in real time.

Thereupon, it becomes even more interesting and challenging to focus on documentation through the lens of and look into possibilities of fostering new authors and mentors for the future.


Here, we dare you:

Bring your work, inquiry, ideas, reflections forward and join the community that will attempt to instant-compose a socio-political, choreographic sculpture of experience-based knowledge – and so collectively and collaboratively bring about the 2018 IDOCDE Symposium entitled

You are here! 

In order to do that several requirements will need to be met by potential Symposium “presenters”. 



•   The willingness to co-moderate a session* at the 6th IDOCDE symposium that is going to take place at Vienna's Arsenal (where the ImPulsTanz Workshops are taking place annyally) between the 27th and the 29th of July, 2018. In other words, the willingness to contribute to the moderation of this session with your experience, expertise & eagerness in close collaboration with one or two more facilitators and one of the mentors of

•   Attending the MIND THE DANCE Residency –  a series of daily collaborative working sessions between Monday-Friday, July 23–27 (the week leading up to the symposium). The aim of the residency is to work on the content and strategies to bring about your symposium session. Besides it offers to probe into with a mentor, in order to familiarize yourself to the content and vision of the publication.[1]

•   Attending one of the MIND THE DANCE Local Labs

MTD FRANKFURT Lab: 26-27 October, 2017; MTD AMSTERDAM Lab: 01-02 December, 2017; MTD ISTANBUL Lab: 02 December, 2017; MTD OUTOKUMPU Lab: 30-31 January, 2018; MTD GRENOBLE LAB: 08-09 March, 2018; MTD - BUDAPEST Lab: 24-25 March, 2018; MTD HAMBURG Lab: 22-23 June, 2018; or MTD VIENNA Lab: 21-22 July, 2018 (week prior to the 2018 symposium).

•   Willing to support the community online by becoming a mentor for



  • Free accommodation for the duration of MIND THE DANCE residency and the IDOCDE symposium: staying with members of the local dance community and their supporters.

  • Free access to all Symposium events.

  • Access to all MIND THE DANCE material, including the authorization/certification to disseminate material.

  • 50% discount for ImPulsTanz workshops and research projects (max 3).

  • Discount to ImPulsTanz performances during the symposium weekend.

  • Discounted lunch at the café on site during the symposium weekend.


If you’re interested to take the challenge and join us, PLEASE SEND YOUR MOTIVATION LETTER to Tell us about your experiences with dancing, facilitating, participating, teaching; tell us about your research, field of expertise, and how it would apply to this context; tell us about your interest in developing collaborative organisational and documentational practices; and/or tell us about your relationship to the notions of risk-taking, compromise, patience, and successful communication – no later than February 15th, 2018.  Extended to March 1st, 2018.

If with questions, please write to and

“Finding flow. Not fighting chaos. Work inside chaos. And relax. Pay attention to your body." [2]

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For our "note to co-lecturer candidates" with more details of the July 23-27 Master Lab and of July 27-29 IDOCDE Symposium, please check this link.




*We invite you to think out of the ‘usual’, the ‘conventional’, the ‘traditional’ formats of public presentations, sharings, and teachings. In other words, we invite you to think ‘outside the box.’ This might be the opportunity for some to question or problematize the assumed role language has in enabling communication. What of your thinking and working would best be presented in words, and what of your thinking would best be presented in action, experience, performance, movement, etc.?


[1] Facilitators and Mentors will be brought together to form focused work groups by Team IDOCDE.

[2] Britton, J. (2017). Climbing The Mountain. The Performer’s Journey into Presence. Leonara Press. p.97 


Your Symposium and REFLEX Project Team:

Defne Erdur, Eszter Gál, Claire Granier Blaschke, Pavle Heidler, Kerstin Kussmaul, Martin Streit 




The IDOCDE symposium is part of the EU program REFLEX EUROPE.

REFLEX researches and uses documentation as a tool for reflection in order to improve the teaching and to increase the impact on the learners in contemporary dance.