SHARING CREATIVE DANCE TALES
In a partnership with HKD
, Olwyn Lyons led a weekend intensive in March 2023 with three socially engaged dance professionals in the Children’s House, Rijeka to enable them to deliver the FRANCIS FOOTWORK VR
and CREATIVE DANCE TALES
programme in Croatia.
ABOUT PORT OF DANCE
HKD’s Port of Dance Festival is a legacy of the Spring Forward Festival in Rijeka, which was held as a part of Rijeka 2020 – European Capital of Culture. Its core goal is to increase understanding and develop a wider audience for the performing arts. The festival offers local audiences the chance to see the best of international contemporary dance performance alongside showcasing local dance productions. There have been three editions of Port of Dance to date. Since 2022, in addition to live experiences, Port of Dance has dedicated a part of the program to stage performances translated into VR technology. The festival retains it connection with Aerowaves, programming a minimum of three authors from the European network’s portfolio each year.
Founded in 2018, HKD is a newly established institution in the culture of Rijeka. It is a public institution for the performing and visual arts, with the tasks of coordinating, preparing and conducting cultural programs in the field of performing and visual arts, artistic creativity and related activities. Its large performance space (520 seats) stages numerous cultural, educational and entertainment programs throughout the year, in the field of dance, drama, music, film, multimedia and visual arts. There is also a place for exhibitions – Gallery Kortil – which also occasionally features some of the stage programs. A third venue is the Atrium, which can accommodate up to 200 visitors. This space is mainly intended for concerts, lectures, round tables and smaller scene forms.
HKD is a member of Aerowaves, Pan Adria and many international networks. In, 2021 HKD became Aerowaves’s production centre for the Springback Ringside VR project. HKD has been open for work with the community, through the numerous projects from its beginnings. Its space and programs are open to diverse audiences and organizers of various cultural programs. HKD fosters inclusivity as one of its fundamental values, through its accessibility as a venue and programs for people with different physical abilities. With its Volunteer programme HKD promotes volunteerism among the organizers of cultural programs and encourages citizens to actively participate in the implementation and organization of programs in the community.
In accordance with the European Green Plan, the adoption of ecologically acceptable practices in the spirit of green infrastructure is one of the value orientations of HKD included in the strategy of this institution.