Here are the suggested projects that need a committee to tackle:
1. Archiving Project: how can we share content in an appropriate, fair, protected, credited, collaborative fashion? How can we conserve materials for future generations? What are the parameters and protocols for use of archival materials?
2. Outreach: how can we reach out to and dialogue with other groups and communities? How can we increase more diverse participation in Duncan Dance in terms of gender, ethnicity, cultural background, etc. Can we make connections to other related dance and movement disciplines for partnerships and support?
3. Storm the Conferences (and Magazines)! This project committee would look for ways to present scholarly research and other informational and academic articles, papers and presentations at dance industry conferences (NDEO, Dance/USA, Dance Scholars, CORD, etc), as well as dance industry publications (Dance Magazine, Dance Research Magazine, Dance Spirit, Dance Teacher, etc). How can we facilitate Duncan Dance taking a more prominent presence in these outlets, and therefore in the larger dance industry?
4. Branding and Web Standards: how should we be identifying ourselves online? How can we guide the presentation of Isadora, Duncan Dance, and Duncan Dance professionals on the internet for maximum clarity, credibility, ethics, reputation, consistency and so forth? How can we raise awareness and respect for Isadora and Duncan Dance through online outlets?
Once people have submitted their names, IDIS will send a group email to the people who volunteered to let them all know who is a part of the committee. It is our hope that each project committee will consist of a range of different lineages, regions and generations so that many different perspectives will be included.
Some projects (such as the newsletter project or “Storming the Conferences”) may begin before the 2015 Symposium, and may have a different structure.
It is an exciting and inspiring vision that by coming together, we can tackle important issues facing the field of Duncan Dance! Your input and work on these project committees will be so valuable in taking Duncan Dance into the future.
Thank you for all your contributions to the field of Duncan Dance!
IDIS Organizing Committee
Meg Brooker, MFA
Valerie Durham, MFA
Cynthia Word, MFA