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Dama Network

Dama Network is a Nordic / Baltic network of higher level Dance education institutions and New Media education institutions. It organizes annual exchanges and workshops which take place in Finland, Sweden, Iceland, Denmark, Latvia, Norway, Estonia and/or Lithuania. Dama is mainly supported by Nordplus funding (Nordplus Higher Education). Currently we have 14 members from 8 countries.

Dama workshops in the past

Dama network started operations in 2004. Since then there has been over 30 workshops.

Dama 1:  2005-06                           

The First Dama

Three one month exchanges (in Iceland, Sweden and Finland) with intensive workshops for 15 students, who created a final performance in February 2006 in Turku. 

Dama workshops 2-6

Dama worskhop method developed

During 2007-10 Dama hosted workshops in Rovaniemi Tallinn and Reykjavík. During these workshops the groups created final, public performances in just one week. The workshops produced various outcomes: dance performances, interactive installations, participatory installations, pervasive games, sound art performances, and often combinations of these. Also collaboration with 3rd parties were started: Raflost-festival in Dama IV and  with The Ke∂ja conference in Dama VI. 

2007 June: Dama 2.0 workshop in Rovaniemi
2008 November: Dama III - MOVSSI - Movement, space, sound, interaction workshop in Rovaniemi
2009 May: Dama IV - Raflosti - a multimedia performance workshop as a part of the electronic art festival RAFLOST in Reykjavík
2010 March: Dama V workshop in Tallinn
2010 October: Dama 6 Participatory Performance / Game workshop in Reykjavík

Dama workshops 7-9

Workshops experiences continued

New workshop formats were tried out: Physical gaming and a city walk-through as the focus in Dama VII, in Dama 8 an outdoor performance, with all the students creating towards a common event and a workshop, in which certain topic was handled from many aspects, with various exercises, but no final outcome in Dama 9.

2011 June: Dama VII - Physical Gaming, Performing Space and Media workshop in Visby
2012 February: Dama 8 - Outdoor snow / ice / dance / media performance workshop in Rovaniemi 
2012 June: Dama 9 Workshop White noise in Viljandi

Dama workshops 10-17

Dama gets busy

In 2012, Dama expanded to Latvia and Lithuania, and started hosting 3-4 workshops each year. Most of the workshops concentrated on certain topics, but also collaborations with events (Dama 12) and festivals (Dama 15) continued. Also a more researcherly approach was tested in Dama 14.

2013 March: Dama 10 Workshop Symbols Maze in Riga
2013 May: Dama 11 Workshop Sarabande Undone in Copenhagen
2013 May: Dama 12 Workshop Illusions in Šiauliai
2013 November: Dama 13 Workshop Non-Linear Storytelling in Tallinn
2014 May: Dama 14 Workshop Performing Archives in Malmö
2014 May: Dama 15 /RAFLOSTi Workshop in Reykjavík
2014 November: Dama 16 workshop "Playces" in Visby
2015 January: Dama 17 workshop "Scan" in Copenhagen

Dama workshops 18-26

Dama workshop collaborations

Workshops continued until 2016 with 3 to 4 workshops in a year, with Dama 18 and 26 new collaborations with cultural art festivals. Also the first workshop in Norway was organised in 2016. 

2015 June: Dama 18 workshop Hiljaisuus! Silence! in Kaukonen in collaboration with the Hiljaisuus -festival
2015 November: Dama 19 workshop Error variations in Viljandi
2016 January: Dama 20 workshop Dilemma in Tallinn
2016 April: Dama 21 workshop Rhizomatic narratives in Riga
2016 October: Dama 22: workshop Our Gruesome Heritage in Håøya island
2016 November: Dama 23 workshop Surrogates in Šiauliai
2017 April: Dama 24 workshop The Singing Body in Réykjavík
2018 February: Dama 25 workshop Arctitsch Bliss in Rovaniemi
2018 June: Dama 26 workshop Dama @ Toortuumik in Virtsu

Dama workshops 27-

Dama during the New Normal

2018 October: Dama 27 workshop Space And Focalization In 360° Stereoscopic Spherical Film: Structuralist Perspective in Riga
2019 June: Dama 28 workshop Expressive Gestures and Motion Capture Technology in Visby
There was no such thing as Dama 29 
Dama 30 Cancelled due to Corona pandemic
October 2020: Dama 31 workshop There is a really thin border between success and sucks ass



Dama 28 photos


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Dama 18 video                         


Dama 17 video sample


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Dama 14 photos and interviews


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Dama 11 blog                       


Dama 10 video


Dama 8 video


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Dama 4 video