Ten years after the publication of Šokėjo ABC (The Dancer’s ABC), the Lithuanian Dance Information Centre decided to update the information and adapt the publication not only to today’s rapidly-evolving context, but also for a wider audience. The updated publication Šokio ir cirko ABC (The ABCs of Dance and Circus), including theory, practical advice and insights shared by the finest Lithuanian and foreign professionals, is intended not only for students, young professionals and cultural managers in the fields of dance and circus, but also in other performing arts as well.
Our objective is to ease the creative and practical journey of every beginner in the performing arts, to introduce tools which one can apply for one’s own use. The publication will also be helpful to those wishing to refresh their memory and check their knowledge.
The topics surveyed in the publication include creative practices as well as the basics of cultural management, which all beginning creative artists would do well to learn and know. Here one will find information about the main performing arts organisations operating in Lithuania and sponsoring various creative projects and artist-in-residence programmes, with special attention paid to the fields of dance and circus. There is also information about institutions of higher education operating in Lithuania and abroad. It is worth noting that we present only several of the foreign schools that are most important, in our opinion; there certainly are many more, and not only in Europe, but also in Asia, Canada and the USA.
We are pleased to be able to present texts authored specifically for this publication: the article “Šokio kūrybinis procesas ir rezultatas” (The Creative Process and Result of Dance) reviews the creative process and the dilemmas arising from it; a text analysing an area of ever-growing relevance, how to professionally introduce oneself and present one’s creative work to foreign professionals, “You never pitch alone!”; an article presenting the fundamentals of public relations, “Išvaizdos ir turinio derinys – jūsų viešieji ryšiai” (A Combination of Image and Content: Your Public Relations). In other texts, one will find the basics of preparing project applications, the types of stipends and how to write requests for them, how to professionally prepare one’s CV, what one needs to know about intellectual property, use of music, and why it is important to attain official classification as artist. One can read the publication by selecting topics of particular interest or as a book from start to finish. We of course look forward to your feedback and insights on what topics are not addressed and which topics deserve consideration in greater detail.
The language of the publication is Lithuanian.