Open Campus Stockholm
Stockholm, 11-12 June and 17-27 August 2011

The third Campus within the Enparts project took place in Stockholm -Sweden in June 11th-12th and August 17th-27th, 2011. It is an interdisciplinary workshop dedicated to selected young artists from various Europen countries. Watch Campus trailer >>
Enparts Campus is dedicated to creating extraordinary conditions for young artists. The first Campus, called The Electric Body, was held in Venice in 2009 and the second, Body is What Remains, in Belgrade in 2010. Dansens Hus hosted the 2011 workshop, Open Campus, focusing on artistic practice and the changing role of artists.
ENPARTS - Open Campus is an interdisciplinary and intercultural project organized by Dansens Hus Stockholm. The underlying idea of the Campus is to encourage young artists to engage in interdisciplinary collaboration by offering them resources and mentoring. The aim is to increase connections and networking possibilities, and to create a framework for future artistic collaboration.
Open space has been used as a method to establish a common starting point, and to create a shared framework for the workshop. The workshop was led by artistic coordinator, Anna Koch, coaching the participants through this process. The daily work has been complemented by inspiring lectures, and visits by selected experts from various fields. Dansens Hus offered its facilities and technical support for the workshop, and stood as the main venue for Open Door – an open presentation of the workshop.
The Campus was promoted by ENPARTS (European Network of Performing Arts), a five-year EU project seeking to establish sustainable collaboration between different partners and artists in the field of contemporary performing arts. The network consists of seven European partners from five different countries headed by the La Biennale di Venezia in Italy. In addition to Dansens Hus, the other ENPARTS partners are Berliner Festspiele, Spielzeit’Europa and Musik der Jahrhunderte in Germany, Dance Umbrella in the U.K., Musicadhoy in Spain and Bitef, Republic of Serbia.
Open Campus was held in two parts and all participants had to attend both of them. There was also be some preparation done via the Internet between the meeting dates. The working language was English. The call was open to all art forms although the contemporary performing arts provide the framework for the artistic research. There was no cost to the participants for attending the campus (all costs, including travel, accommodation and subsistence were covered by the ENPARTS project).
OPEN CAMPUS - Part One invited the selected artists to a two day meeting to discuss and set the theme for the workshop in August. The meeting used open space as a method to map the interests and concerns, and then through discussion chose the topic(s) and methods for the workshop.
OPEN CAMPUS – Part Two consisted of a ten-day workshop to follow the set themes or topics. There were also specialists and advisors invited to follow the workshop. These specialists operated as mentors as well as inspiring examples, sharing their experiences.
OPEN DOOR offered the public a possibility to share some of the findings and results of the workshop with the artists. Open Door was a one-day happening with encounters, discussions, and showings.
Artistic Coordinator:
Anna Koch is a dancer/choreographer and the artistic director and founder of Weld (-06) an experimental platform for dance related contemporary culture in Stockholm. She is a frequent participant in the worlds of art, theatre and in the field of electronic music. As a choreographer Anna Koch has created a whole range of experimental choreographies, including commissions for various contexts. During her years at Weld she has initiated more than 150 projects within dance, art, literature, theory, music, film, performance and architecture. As a dancer Anna has worked with artists such as Xavier Le Roy, Michael Laub, Gregory Colbert and Sweden based Efva Lilja, Margareta Åsberg and Lotta Melin. Anna also works as a supervisor at the doctorial studies in choreography at the University of dance and circus in Stockholm.
Call for participants opens: February 25th, 2011
Deadline for applications: March 18th
Selection of participants : April 2nd
Pre-meeting: June 11th-12th
Open Campus: August 17th-26th
Open Door: August 27th
Evaluation meeting: August 28th
Location: Dansens Hus Stockholm
Artistic Coordinator: Anna Koch
Number of participants: 16-20
Application must include:
  1. Artistic curriculum vitae
  2. Motivation letter that explains why you would like to participate in Open Campus
3.       Links to your work (youtube, vimeo, photos, sound recording etc.)
The selection is addressed to dancers, actors, musicians, photographers, composers, set designers, video makers, directors, playwrights.
Selection criteria:
 - clearly described interest in participation
 - affinity and commitment to experimental and interdisciplinary art projects
 - motivation/certain preliminary experience in collaborative work
 - age preference between 25 – 35 years