After consistent work with the contemporary dance field representatives, Lithuanian Dance Information Centre (LDIC) presents the first contemporary dance database in Lithuania. It is a public catalog of Lithuanian contemporary dance creators and performers, dance theatres and organizations, international festivals and residency programmes in Lithuania. In addition, the collection of statistical information about Lithuanian contemporary dance field’s performance indicators of 2016-2018 was initiated and carried out for the first time.
An Important Tool for Dance Presentation
The catalog of contemporary dance created by LDIC is significant because it presents the most important information of the dance field in Lithuanian and English languages in one dance information platform www.dance.lt and helps to present Lithuanian dance more effectively to international and local festivals, cultural operators, sponsors and partners.
The profiles of creators, performers and dance theatres include information on artistic work, video excerpts, contact information and direct access to creator websites. The catalog includes data of Lithuanian creators, choreographers and performers as well as ones of Lithuanian origin and currently active in foreign countries. The profiles of festivals, organizations, educational institutions and residency programmes provide a brief introduction to the activities of the institutions and provide contact information. At the same time, an information booklet “Explore Lithuanian Dance” was published, which presents all the most up-to-date information on contemporary Lithuanian dance. It is used in international performing arts fairs and platforms, meetings with partners and sponsors.
“We didn’t have a clearly structured information about the Lithuanian dance field until now. We were using separate websites of dance companies and separate information material for presentation. Today, a tool has been developed that allows presenting Lithuanian contemporary dance more effectively, contributes to the internationalization of the Lithuanian contemporary dance field, and facilitates communication at the national and international level. We believe that the catalog will be convenient for dance professionals, managers, cultural attachés and others to work in foreign countries and Lithuania”- says Gintare Masteikaitė, director of LDIC.
The database will be constantly updated and supplemented. “We invite dance artists and cultural organizations for dialogue. We aim to make the database a convenient and effective tool for collecting, analyzing and presenting information on Lithuanian dance” – emphasizes project coordinator Anastasia Dichtiar.
LDIC is open to cultural field comments and suggestions on the structure of the database and invites developers and organizations to submit new questionnaires and updated relevant information.
Statistical Information for Analysis
In 2018, the LDIC initiated the collection of contemporary dance statistics. Until now, the performance indicators of the contemporary dance sector have been collected and used only in a fragmentary way, which has prevented monitoring of the overall situation, processes and trends of the sector.
The project sought to collect information on the key performance indicators of the dance sector in 2016-2018: the supply of dance performances in Lithuanian cities, the amount of dance presentation abroad and foreign countries it is presented in, the funding of Lithuanian dance organizations and the income generated by dance companies each year.
The information was collected from six dance companies and theaters with legal status (Kaunas City Dance Theatre Aura, Dance Theatre Airos, Dansema Dance Theatre, Vilnius Low Air Urban Dance Theatre, Vytis Jankauskas Dance Theatre and Šeiko Dance Company) and three independent artists groups active in the dance field from 2016 to 2018 (Nuepiko, Stage Strangers and B&B). It is also planned to include the performance of independent developers in the data collection.
It is hoped that the development of the project and the continuous collection of performance indicators of the dance sector will provide the basis for future field research and wider analysis.
The project was developed in consultation and based on the many years of experience of Nordic dance and circus organizations. The project is funded by the Lithuanian Council for Culture.
All information about the project: www.dance.lt.
Your suggestions and comments on improving the data and dance statistics database are welcome by email firstname.lastname@example.org.