Let us think then about the 'local', the 'regional', the 'authentic' in the social and economic context and thus see it becoming more and more blurry. The present system of artistic production in Europe forced the performing artists, dancers, choreographers to develop skills of mobility, adjustment and flexibility, which made them a group of precarious culture producers.
Paradoxically, even if their attitude towards the system is critical, they do perfectly meet, willingly or not, the standards of the neoliberal, 'westernized' countries. What does remain when the 'local' turns out to be a mere product? How does this constant shift between locations, contexts and cultures influence the artists’ work? Is the East still running after the West? And what does the East mean, after all? Let us put the concepts and names in motion, observe their travel and make this crisis move.
IDENTITY.MOVE! offers a transnational platform for theoretical and artistic research in the field of contemporary dance and related performing arts focusing on the 'Eastern Belt' of Europe: Bosnia and Hercegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia.
IDENTITY.MOVE! is coordinated by Goethe Institut Warsaw in cooperation with Centre for Culture Lublin, Obcanske sdruzeni Motus in Prague and the State School of Dance in Athens with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union.