Mina damer och herrar, hjärtligt välkomna i Arnhem!
För mig som borgmästare är det ett stort nöje att få ta emot er här på denna internationella konferens BEYOND ballet why and how.
Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to Arnhem!
Peak performance is no coincidence. Becoming a real expert in any domain takes a lot of time and effort. This panel discussion relates to sports but is equally applicable to dance. Often, elite athletes have invested more than 10 years of their life before they reach the highest level.
In her daily profession of assistant professor ‘Sports Sciences’ at the Center for Human Movement Sciences (University Medical Center, Groningen) Dr. Marije Elferink, together with many partners and colleagues, follows talented athletes in a variety of sports over time in order to determine what makes one athlete more successful than another.
There are four dimensions in which you can articulate your missions: social, transcendental, societal and personal. In the ideal situation you determine your mission in each of these dimensions.
“We were used to paradise. We can complain or we can look forward. In an artistic sense, if you don’t have anything, you are pushed to find a way. Even if they’re just baby steps. In the end you need to know that you need to reach out and also be reachable. You need to be able to vocalize the value. Collaboration needs to entail this as well. The added value and depth of exchange is becoming more and more essential.”
There’s this one exercise I usually use during workshops. I’ll tell them to imagine their utopia, their ideal world.
“You need to have an understanding of the world you’re in.”
As a leader, you need a mission and you need to be aware of it. Whether you have to guide your family or your employees, ask yourself and ask them: what is it good for?
What you want is not important
When giving guidance, never ask: ‘What do you want?’ People want all kinds of things. Money, success, more free time. Instead ask: ‘What is important to you?’
“I have a strong interest in positive psychology and I’d love today to become an interaction around what I have to share and who you are as professionals.”
Getting somewhere or reaching a goal will take time. Enabling dialogue and giving over control to the dancers themselves is sometimes a paradox within the external demands there might be on our educational system.
Change is around us all the time. From technology, culture, politics to evolution and the weather it surrounds and influences us. In dance it has all kinds of elements and it is often a cyclical process. Form and abstraction and the expression of the body balances with the social context.
At the core of my work acknowledging the dancer as a person and the concept of the individual responsibilities in life-long learning. The Oxford Dictionary says : “An act or process by which something becomes different.”
“Managers crowd out creativity”
There is a distinction to be made between managers, entrepreneurs and leaders. At least, it’s a distinction I like to make.
“Change is essential for moving beyond, there is no progress without it. How can change be facilitated? What skills and tools are needed for individuals to move forward? How should one deal with the fear, challenges, the unexpected, disappointment and expectations?”
– Elsa Urmston, Manager at Dance East Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) in Ipswich, UK
Here you can read the live report of the conference BEYOND ballet why and how by Visuele notulen. Read en watch the content addressing multiple themes that impact many levels of dance. The conference format facilitates content development over three days, presenting in-depth discussions and workshops that offer the opportunity to expand knowledge.