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By Jovana Rakić

Dance for young audiences is a constantly changing and vibrant field that offers the possibility of questioning, examining, researching, and problematizing various social issues. Contemporary dance gives us (the artists) the possibility to constantly develop, changing our points of view on issues like accessibility, togetherness, equality, freedom, sharing space and responsibility, inclusion and full participation in our practices.

The month of April – a month in which ASSITEJ Serbia honours its birthday, and later the International Day of Dance is celebrated – was the right moment to think and write about dance for children and young audiences in Serbia. Although it has existed for decades, dance as an independent field, as an art form separated from the theatre, yet present in the performing arts for children and young people, is still understood as new, young, developing, attractive, but often too abstract. Dance is just like a teenager – a misunderstood young rebel, still emerging and unestablished. At least, that’s how the performing arts institutions in my environment still understand it. Given that this year at the AAG in Novi Sad and Belgrade we are dedicating ourselves to listening to the voices of young creators as much as young audiences, we have an opportunity to devote some time to this young art, which is still looking for its place in theatre institutions throughout the Balkan region.

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