Twinning Projects

Twinning is an opportunity for people from diverse cultural backgrounds and places to share skills and knowledge in a collaborative process to create new understandings.

We invited proposals for Twinning Projects that address the Panpapanpalya 2018 core themes: dance, gathering, generations, learning and related sub-themes: community, sustainability, diversity and inclusion. The shared focus could be a cultural perspective on a global issue, a concept to be explored, a story, poem or piece of music as stimulus or a choreographic exchange.

If you have a question about Twinning Projects send an email to the Committee Administrator:

A project can involve combinations of individuals or groups, for example:

  • Early learning centres from the same region representing diverse cultures
  • Primary or secondary school teachers and their students from different national or international settings
  • Inter-university collaborations from different national or international settings
  • Community dance groups from different national or international settings

It is recommended the project start at least one year prior to the congress. Twinning partners can share and exchange their ideas and views via a range of platforms e.g. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, email, Skype, conference calling, Vimeo or YouTube.

Twinning projects may be presented at Panpapanpalya 2018 in the following ways:

  • A Twin Lab activity which provides time and space for people to continue the process of meeting, creating dance and to develop knowledge together as a workshop and/or performance
  • A paper, research project or poster
  • A film or digital recording

The Twinning project committee of Panpapanpalya 2018 will endeavor to assist linking you to a Twinning partner if you require support making the initial connection.

Examples of Twinning Projects:

We will be following some of our Twinning partners on their journey in the lead up to Panpapanpalya 2018. The first of these are Wagana Aboriginal Dancers and Raven Spirit Dancers

During the first week of January 2018, Choreographer and Director Jo Clancy and Songwoman Jacinta Tobin from the Wagana Aboriginal Dancers in Australia travelled to Vancouver Canada to collaborate with Choreographer and Director Michelle Olsen from the Raven Spirit Dancers to create an intergenerational performance piece for Panpapanpalya 2018. The project was initiated by Mary-Elizabeth Manley through the Roots Research and Creation Collective and aimed to discover how these First Nations Artists creative and cultural practices and ideas might connect and transpire in dance making. The creative team worked with 4 young dancers aged 5, 7, 12 and 13 over the week and created a powerful and moving 10 minute piece derived from their respective river stories and feelings about water and stone.

Throughout the week the dancers created in the studio, over feasting and by the Capilano River. Squamish Elder Bob Baker spent an afternoon sharing his stories and knowledge with the group and Metis Filmmaker Gregory Coyes documented much of the creative process. The young dancers were engaged and involved in the dance making and enjoyed a day ice skating and snow sledding together. The work will continue to develop and grow over the next 5 months and will be shared with 4 more young Wagana dancers before Raven Spirit travel to Australia in July to meet on Darug and Gundungurra country in the Blue Mountains and then present in Adelaide.


Photo 1 – Kimowin and Isabel (Raven Spirit) in Canada Stage 1 creative development

Photo 2 – Amelia (Raven Spirit) and Killi-Mai (Wagana) in Canada Stage 1 creative development

Photo 3 – Jacinta Tobin & Jo Clancy (Wagana) Mary-Elizabeth Manley (Roots Research) and Michelle Olsen (Raven Spirit) in Canada Stage 1 creative development

Photo 4 – Anastastia, Jess and Jacklyn rehearsing in the Blue Mountains by Wentworth Falls Lake

Further Examples

A choreographic exchange

Two groups of secondary students and their teachers from different countries collaborated to choreograph a dance inspired by one of the congress themes, generations. Fundraising commenced at the start of the project, organised by the students and their teachers.

Organisational process

  1. The first communication was a full year before the congress. Using Skype the teachers exchanged ideas and thoughts about their selected theme, learning about each other, and sharing creative processes and movement styles.
  2. A private Facebook page was set up so all participants could interact and share ideas and thoughts. Students were encouraged to introduce themselves through the Facebook page.
  3. The teachers worked with their students, developing choreographic ideas that reflected the theme.
  4. Musical accompaniment was agreed upon and sourced.
  5. Skype communication occurred regularly each month with the teachers and students exchanging video footage, progress reports and feedback.
  6. Three months prior to the congress the teachers developed an outline of the structure to integrate the choreography.
  7. The two groups met at the congress, where they collaborated in a Twin Lab over three 2-hour sessions, to refine and rehearse their dance work.
  8. The culmination of the project was the performance of the work followed by a discussion forum.

A cultural exchange

A Jamaican community group was interested in learning about Australian Indigenous dance. The group connected with an Indigenous dance group to explore possibilities for sharing cultural dances. The groups investigated similarities and differences between the two forms of dance, collaborating to develop a dance video work that represented both cultures. Representatives from each group presented the video at the congress.

An action research project

A researcher interested in dance education connected with a generalist primary teacher. Together they designed an action research project to investigate the impact of dance education on student engagement in learning. The researcher presented a paper outlining the findings of the project at the congress.

Things to consider when planning a Twinning Project:

  • Timeline (calls for Twinning Project proposals will close 1 September 2017)
  • How your proposal links with the Panpapanpalya 2018 themes and sub-themes
  • Funding and methods of fundraising*
  • Documentation of the process
  • Presentation at Panpapanpalya 2018
  • Music licensing and copyright
  • International time differences

*Please note that funding to assist your Twinning Project may be applied for if you are a daCi member through the daCi website. You can find out more about Twinning from the daCi website Funding page

Key dates
24 April 2017 Open call for Twinning Project proposals
16 October 2017 Closing date for Twinning Project proposals

Click here for Twinning Project proposal form