The next RENDEZ-VOUS will be held on Saturday the 30th of October 2021 in Leuven. A major meeting with lots of workshops, dance possibilities and opportunities to exchange experiences for all the folk dance groups in Flanders and Brussels.
RENDEZ-VOUS will be held in Dutch. If you don’t speak or understand Dutch but you would like more information, contact Leen, who is responsible for heritage projects, at email@example.com.
Welcome to the fourth edition of Rendez-Vous. This year, we are meeting up on 30 October at the Provinciehuis in Leuven for a whole day of dancing and exchanging ideas. Register at the link below.
- 9:30-10:00: Arrivals
- 10:00-10:30 Welcome
- 10:30-13:00: Choose your Rendez-Vous sessions
- 13:00-14:30: Shared meal, chat and exchange of ideas
- 14:30-16:30: Dance session
- 17:00: Reception
This year you can choose between two all-day sessions OR one of the two morning sessions and a collective dance session in the afternoon.
10:30 Make your choice of RENDEZ-VOUS sessions (2 all-day programmes OR 2 morning sessions + collective afternoon session)
- Playing music together (Gabriel Lenoir)
This year’s music session will be led by Gabriel Lenoir. Gabriel is a violinist who plays in groups including Shillelagh, the group that recorded the music for the ‘Covid-Proof Dancing’ project. Gabriel is a dancer as well as a musician, specialising in dances from French Flanders. For Rendez-Vous, Gabriel will work on melodies from the Covid-Proof Dancing project. He will focus on creating second voices and rhythmic accompaniments to melodies.
This is a session where all instruments can play together! The repertoire will be discussed and sent to participants in advance.
- Creating folk dances (AnnetteTruijens-Thodé)
Use folk dance material to create a new, coronavirus-proof dance of your own, facilitated by Annette Truijens-Thodé. We will spend the day exploring how you can use existing elements of folk dance to create new forms. Big or small: you can take your dance as far as you want to.
How do you start creating a dance? How can you involve your dance group in the process? How do you create an appealing choreography with plenty of variation? This exciting workshop will send you home with lots of new ideas.
At the end of the day, we will share our journey and discoveries with the other participants.
Annette Truijens-Thodé is the president of deDansPunt., Danspunt’s counterpart in Brabant in the Netherlands. She has more than 30 years of experience as a dance teacher, choreographer, organiser and folk dancer.
Note that this session lasts all day. There are 12 places, so sign up fast!
- Heritage working groups – inspiration session with practical examples (Gregory Vercauteren and Cor Vanistendael)
What does folk dance have to do with heritage working groups? Find out how your dance group can add value to the activities of a heritage working group or groups. During this session, we will explore the possibilities, you will be given a few practical examples and you will learn about the activities of the heritage working groups.
Cor Vanistendael works for North Kempen Heritage, where he has regularly supported folk dance and gildedans (‘guild dance’) projects over the years. He will offer an overview of the possibilities that a local heritage working group can offer folk dancers in terms of supporting their projects and initiatives with funding, advice and other resources.
Gregory Vercauteren will explain what heritage working groups are, what they do and what they have to offer your association. Gregory Vercauteren works for FARO, the Flemish support point for cultural heritage. He is the contact person there for the 27 heritage working groups in Flanders and Brussels.
- After the coronavirus – what now?
The pandemic has certainly not been an easy time for many dancers, dance groups, volunteers and folk dance fans. We have received many questions over the last few months about how you can get going again as a group, how you can find new dancers or bring back the ones you had before, and how you can breathe new life into your activities.
We have invited Marjan Blockland from Kwadraet to answer these questions. She has developed a training course on how (volunteer) groups function and how to start or restart them after the pandemic. The session is partly shaped by the participants themselves, but Marjan will direct it. We will consider what this period has brought us. How can we learn from it? What do we need to pick up the pieces again? What will give us energy and inspiration to get going again as a dance group?
Note that this session has a maximum of 16 participants.
13:00 Shared meal, drinks, chat and exchange of ideas.
14:30 Creative dance session
Dance session (Covid-proof)
True to tradition, we will be putting our dance shoes on in the afternoon. This year, we will be exploring a few dances from the Covid-Proof Dancing video series, alternated with other dances. Expect traditional dances and new ones as well. It’s an ideal way to pep up your repertoire! Don’t be put off by the title ‘Covid-Proof Dancing’: there is nothing to prevent you from having a bit closer contact with the other dancers here and there than originally planned 🙂
This dance session will be led by Pieterjan Hantson (Choronde)
Drinks and meal provided by Danspunt
Watch the aftermovie of last year’s edition: