Photographer: Felix Chan
In parallel with the mission of World Dance Alliance, the Summit provides the rare opportunity for scholars, performers, choreographers, community dance artists, local and international dance groups and companies, to congregate for the underlined issues and inspire further developments. By shining a spotlight on wellness, it intends to display and advocate for the role and importance of dance health to everyone taking part in it.
11 sessions of 32 Paper Presentations
As the major branch of the Summit, every session of paper presentation features a different topic and selected papers with connections in ideas are grouped into the same session. Speakers take turns to present their papers online, followed by a discussion with the audience, hosted by a moderator. It arouses attention to different research interests while being an ideal platform for participants to engage in in-depth conversation.
Sessions are categorized by themes: Light after Lockdown, Creativity, Process, Education, Wellness, Sustainability & Community.
4 sessions of 19 Pecha Kucha Presentations
Presentations here are expected to be brisk as speakers are allowed to show 20 slides only for 20 seconds each. The slides advance automatically as the speaker talks along. This format of presentation enables young scholars to pitch themselves to the audience with their own profile, productions or projects. It is an excellent opportunity for scholars who have developed a strong research focus but are in the beginning processes of writing to get feedback and possible insights from other researchers.
Presentation Format: 20 slides for each presentation x 20 seconds for each slide
Q&A towards the end of each session
6 screening sessions of 16 dance films
As the dance industry has turned to online platforms when live performances are not possible during the Covid-19 pandemic, much attention has been directed to the creation of dance films/videos. This episode of the Summit serves to present innovative perspectives of this increasingly popular trend of dance presentation.
WDA works through four networks, The Creation and Presentation Network, the Education and Training Network, the Research and Documentation Network, and the Support and Development Network.
The networks initiate, co-ordinate and drive activities to advance the issues raised by these special interest groups.