Moving lab is an artistic and research laboratory dedicated to exploring new artistic ideas and presentation formats based on dance and movement, innovative in form, interactive, inclusive and interdisciplinary and with a strong, meticulous and articulate concept.
It includes a mentored happening involving invited artists (each partner organization proposes one, while the local organization reserves the right to invite additional artists, strengthening the local artistic community). The duration of the lab is up to one whole week during which a topic or work frame is suggested and according to which the mentors are invited. The artists bring their project ideas, inspirations, techniques or interests to the lab where they get the opportunity to develop them by working on it in a group with other artists and a seasoned mentor. Their approach can then be challenged, tested and reviewed from multiple points of view. At the same time, each artist brings the accumulated experience creating an opportunity for everyone involved to learn from the gathered and shared knowledge.
In 2019, Generator platform organized two artistic labs –one in Ljubljana, Slovenia and Vienna, Austria. The first Artistic lab, which was held in Dance Theater Ljubljana in Slovenia, was mentored by two artists from the field of dance theatre for young audiences –Natalija Manojlović Varga and Ivana Djilas. The name of the lab was „Let's begin“, indicating the main topic of the program which was „beginning“. Posing the main questions -where to start, what to start with and how to start, the lab eventually discussed the topics of context, targeted audience, inspiration, research and results through combination of different tasks, games and strategies.
In 2020, the Moving lab selected a main topics -„It's not about me“, as a continuation of the Moving lab program, however, selected artists are now grouped into pairs (tandems) to be able to continue to develop the project ideas –giving them a new perspective through a new partner –new approach to work and new ideas. Dancers and choreographers meet up in pairs, in alternating formations; they may meet for the first time. But using this first encounter as base is already part of the working process. "It's not about me," is both the task and the title. What happens if you don't deal with yourself, but only with the other? Do you become more empathetic? Does it open new insights and does it help to encounter with other people we wouldn't get in touch? Will this create new forms of friendship? Is a more diverse society possible without prejudice? This format is intended to encourage people/artists to move out of their comfort zone and look for new approaches and artistic paths.