In parallel with the presentation of the new section of the Collection: Minimal Resistance. Between late modernism and Globalisation a seminar is to be held, entitled Dance in the 80s: the first steps of contemporary dance in Spain. It includes two round tables, lectures and the display of archival materials in the Collection’s interpretation areas.
It offers a space in which to reflect on a key period in the development of this discipline in Spain.
Once Spain’s transition to democracy was complete, an important new stage began in the configuration of the contemporary culture system and, particularly, that of dance. In the words of the art historian José Antonio Sánchez “the decade of the 1980s was understood as a normalising process”. New exhibition venues appeared, contemporary creation was promoted, in 1980 it became possible to study contemporary dance in a public institution (Institut del Teatre, Barcelona) and in 1985 the National Institute of Performing Arts and Music was founded.
As these new languages took shape, the appearance of festivals, exhibitions and theatres was decisive, since they enabled creators to see international productions and present their own work through new structures such as “Dansa València” (Valencia), Centro Nacional de Nuevas Tendencias Escénicas (Madrid), and Mercat de les Flors (Barcelona), among others.
To explore this period of great creative effervescence, two round tables have been organised. One about institutional development – the different modes of managing and exhibiting the new trends – and another about choreographic creation, which during this decade was very much a melting pot of different languages and forms of experimentation.