The risk of touring regional works within Central and Eastern European countries (CEEC) is still considered high as resources in some parts of the region are still scarce and local audiences are more eager to attend works of internationally acclaimed dance artists. So regional talent continues to go unnoticed. The East is Best informal network was established in 2020 to develop connections, increase the visibility of regional artists, and uncover new projects.

As part of Perform Europe, the East is Best partnership – made up of Exodos Ljubljana (Slovenia), Pekinpah – Spider Festival (Slovenia), UA Association “Contemporary Dance Platform” (Ukraine), Kulturanova (Serbia), Dance Week Festival | Croatian Institute for Movement and Dance (Croatia), Workshop Foundation (Hungary) – has taken the opportunity to elevate the visibility of local talent by building a bigger network, including more partners from the region, touring 13 performance art works, and further developing its digital platform.

The nature of the partnership is rooted in balance and equity between the partners as they symmetrically share their know-how, experiences, and resources, to enhance live communication between regional producers, artists, and audiences. The partnership is also implementing inclusive principles of social justice and commitments to human and societal well-being while promoting sustainable artistic practices.

The digital platform is an experimental, non-hierarchical space for exchange that connects and bolsters dance art professionals, fosters new projects, and grows the CEEC market glocally.
The selected performances are scheduled to tour physical and virtual venues in Ljubljana, Zagreb, Sarajevo, Skopje, Sofia, Budapest, Riga, and Kyiv.



Fourteen artistic works
The essential artistic aim of the East is Best project consists of touring productions of various performative artistic projects from the region. 14 performances were selected by the project partners from a pool of artists. Selected artistic works, also presented simultaneously and archived on the partners’ digital platforms, will be on tour in spring 2022, accompanied by invited artists’ workshops aiming to further develop and empower local dance communities and to create new collaborative opportunities. A guest critic/journalist will also join each tour to study, reflect and promote local dance scenes in various countries. The project, with its mirrored extension in the digital world, is designed to support and enhance the touring of regional works through the established East is Best network, thus contributing to new shared experiences, discovery and promotion of fresh and innovative regional talents.
- "The road to the moon" by Rade Obradović and Katarina Bućić (Kulturanova, Serbia)
- "Inter-view" by Žigan Krajnčan (Exodos, Slovenia)
- "Poslukh" by Khrystyna Slobodianiuk (AU Contemporary Dance Platform, Ukraine)
- "Love will Tear us a Part" by Saša Božić / de facto (de facto, Croatia)
- "Drift" by David Somló (Workshop foundation, Hungary)
- "Together" by Leja Jurišić and Marko Mandić (Pekinpah and Via Negativa, Slovenia)
- "Healers" by Jasna Vinovrski (Croatia)
- "Love me tender" by Žigan Krajnčan (Exodos, Slovenia)
- "Don’t touch my eyes" by Adrijana Danchevska (Skopje Dance Theater, North Macedonia)
- "Our family garden" by Smirna Kulenović (Bosnia)
- "Shamebox" by Willy Prager and Iva Sveshtarova (Brain Store Project, Bulgaria)
- "Annihilation" by Yaroslav Kainar and Totem Dance Theatre (AU Contemporary Dance Platform, Ukraine)
- "In Horizon" by Gundega Rēdere and Association PARTY (Dance festival LAIKS DEJOT, Latvia)
- "Monochrome" by Anton Ovchinnikov (Ukraine)
Producers: “2/8” Creative Community, Ukraine
"Poslukh is a performance in which contemporary dance is the main method to achieve the leading idea and social goal of the project: to shed light on the problem of loneliness in the modern world, and to study the possibilities of avoiding its fatal consequences (mental disorders, suicide). In conditions of isolation, in a limited space, a person goes through various processes. In isolation, people try to preserve their right to freedom – and often come to the conclusion that a single person is not able to resist the outside world. But some people are quietly continuing their lives happily, enjoying the little things that surround them. Finding a way out, they prefer to share it with the world, although this is not possible in isolation. Trough the lighting, music, stage space and the human body, Poslukh gets its performance integrity. It alows the viewer to plunge into the world of the senses and create a parallel reality in which they reproduce their alternative story. They find their place, their feelings in it, and find their own way out."

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