Presentation of RRP at ECITE 2015, parts 1 & 2
The Round Robin Project (RRP) is based on the understanding that the global Contact Improvisation (CI) community consists of a network of overlapping CI communities. The goal of the Round Robin Project is therefore to:
• support local initiatives and
• foster the information flow between them
As the global Contact Improvisation (CI) community continues to grow, the question is how to stay connected and at the same time encourage the diversity of individuals, groups, and voices to develop freely. Online, numerous personal, local, regional, national, and event-based websites have been created to provide specific CI communities with information about Contact Improvisation: event listings, people, links, news, definitions, text, and archive materials, etc.
Local and regional webmasters provide the communities they serve with information in the appropriate languages, look after the information posted, provide community centers (photos, reports, etc.) and, last but not least, also represent the local specificity and practice of the dance form through choices in design and content.
The local specificity of websites and the local support of web masters is absolutely necessary for the flow of information and better communication within a global community. The existing, inefficient dispersion of information on many different websites complicates the information search and input: "How many calendars or Facebook pages do I have to post my events on? How many websites do I have to go through until I find what I need?"
The goal of the Round Robin Project (RRP) is to support, strengthen, and inspire the worldwide CI community by creating a global sharing place for information about CI activities and archival resources in all languages.
This collective resource would contain:
• Global CI Calendar (GCIC) [LINK THIS TO THE ABOUT GCIC]: CI events all over the world (workshops, festivals, jams, classes, conferences and performances)
• Global CI Archive (GCIA [LINK TO ABOUT GCIA]): articles, essays, books, theses, transcripts, videos, other CI artifacts (in any language)
• People/Places: contact info (teachers, places, organizers/organizations)
(This is to be further discussed.)
• CI websites (categorized)
The tool created will support as many different languages as possible.
This effort will be supported by a rotating group of volunteers from different language groups.
Global & local synergy
We encourage local/regional groups to link to and contribute to this global pool of resources.
The tool will be available free of cost and easy to use.
Organisation and Maintenance of the RRP
The Round Robin Project is being developed by a "steering committee" (the original vision group was Dieter Heitkamp, Eckhard Mueller, Norbert Pape, Nancy Stark Smith, Tinu Hettich) in connection with a "technical team." Colleen Bartley joined the RRP steering committee in 2013 and Norbert stepped away The original tech team was Tinu and Martin Huelse and now it is Davide Casiraghi, with input from YOU, the global contact community.
Once the RRP website (with calendar and archive) is up and running, the steering committee will become a "caretaking committee" which will rotate among volunteers from the worldwide CI community. Likewise, the tech team will ultimately be replaced by other competent tech caretakers in the CI community. The previous members of the teams will remain available as consultants if needed
We hope to create a roof and a ground for the collection and sharing of information and resources about CI throughout the world.
We are currently looking for different l sources of funding (from institutions and individuals) to support overall costs of server, development, and maintenance. Individual and regional contributions might be solicited but we see this as being a free resource for users. We are looking to secure long term support so that the basic continuity of the resource is assured for 10-20 years.
Global Contact Improvisation Archive (GCIA)
Current Steering Committee
Dieter Heitkamp, Nancy Stark Smith
“What CI materials exist and where can they be found?”
The goal of the Global Contact Improvisation Archive project (GCIA) is the creation and development of a digital archival structure that lists (and in some cases houses) materials addressing diverse subject areas within Contact Improvisation.
We envision the Global Contact Improvisation Archive as nonhierarchical and multilingual, offering a source for information and inspiration by making materials about CI known, categorized, searchable, and thereby available.
The RRP Archive team is currently developing the structure for a Global Contact Improvisation Archive. We are in the process of defining the core elements (title, subject, description, creator, source, etc.) as well as working on format categories (article, thesis, book, poem, interview, etc.), subject categories, and a tagging system—aiming for a transparent, easy-to-use structure.
The Global Contact Improvisation Archive will include the following item types (alphabetical order):
• Collection – aggregations or groups of resources
• Dataset – lists, tables, charts and databases
• Interactive Resources – dvd roms, forms on Web pages, applets, multimedia learning objects, chat functions, or virtual reality environments, video tutorials
• Moving Images – animations, slide shows, films, television programs, videos, zoetropes, or visual output from a
• Physical Objects – inanimate, three-dimensional objects or substances
• Service – CI Online Stores, CI Calenders,….
• Sound – recorded speeches or sounds, audio recordings of interviews, lectures/talks, discussions, classes, panels
• Still Image – paintings, drawings, graphic designs, photos, plans, maps, and drawn scores
• Text – academic theses, articles, books, college term papers, critiques/ reviews, essays, exercises, flyers, interviews, journals, legal documents, letters, newsletters,notebooks, poems, portraits, reviews, scores -published and unpublished
• Text & Image – resources consisting primarily of a combination of words for reading and still images
The GCIA will either house the materials listed above or indicate where they are housed, pointing people directly to the sources. In this way, authors can retain their right to define access procedures to their materials.
In order to create a context for the most diverse materials and perspectives, the GCIA team decided to follow the guidelines developed by the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI), which is used by many major archives worldwide.
Once the structure of the GCIA website is set up, a platform will immediately exist for sharing resources and making materials easily searchable. Anyone will be welcome to list their CI materials in the Archive database (and eventually upload some of them, space permitting) by entering the information directly into the GCIA website, or through links on collaborating CI websites.
Through the synergy of collaboratively gathering materials, we wish to foster research, critical discourse, a spirit of inquiry and curiosity, and inspire further production of information, supporting the ongoing development of CI.
Recent developments of the GCIA project
In March 2012 Nancy Stark Smith (Contact Quarterly), Dieter Heitkamp (University for Music and Performing Arts Frankfurt am Main) and Norbert Pape (contactencyclopedia.net) met and exchanged with other archive projects (Motion Bank, Siobhan Davies Archive, Pina Bausch Archive…) in the framework of the 3rd Dance Education Biennale 2012 Frankfurt am Main.
Participation of CB and DH in the European Video Dance Heritage Conference 2013
Participation of DH in two national meetings of dance archives and dance studies people in Berlin.
David’s technical help to develop a test website.
Invitation to participate
If you would like to support this global CI sharing initiative as a tech consultant, translator, communicator/promoter or in any other way, we’d love to hear from you!