Motion Toolkit: cultural management workshop in Riga

Do you want to learn… How to evolve to the next level your artistic/management career? Where to start from and how to develop your vital idea into a comprehensive project? How to be creative and entrepreneurial in a continuously changing context? How to create community relevant connections and co-productions – topical and essential to enable you to reach the widest public with the work? Where to find money to make your project happen?

Then join us for the Motion Toolkit – a special two-day management training workshop designed for Latvian dance professionals and emerging arts managers, who are seeking for further professional development and are interested in strengthening their practical knowledge and creative skills in project management.

The workshop will be led by two experts – Ghislaine Boddington (creative director body>data>space London) and Cosmin Manolescu (curator & director of United Experts/Gabriela Tudor Foundation, Bucharest), with an extensive experience in project management, international collaboration and co-production.

The participants to the Motion Toolkit will have the opportunity to learn more about how to plan, organise and run their artistic/cultural projects through different approaches and methods. The workshop morning program will include daily presentation sessions, cases studies and practical group exercises, in which the participants will learn how to use simple but effective working tools (such as SWOT analysis, etc.) in the implementation of their projects. The afternoons are dedicated to individual mentoring sessions hold by the two experts based on the needs expressed by the participants. Topics such as: researching your concept, identification of project goals and objectives, establishing good partnerships, and drafting the budget. A special focus will be given to European collaborative projects. The training workshop provides an excellent opportunity to learn more about simple management and production tools, to identify potential collaborators or simply learn how to creatively and successfully run your project.

18 February: 10.00-14.00 group session; 15.30-18.00 individual mentoring session
19 February: 10.00-14.00 – group sessions; 15.30-18.00 individual mentoring session
20 February – 10.00-13.00 –closing discussion

The workshop is free of charge but interested participants have to be fully available for the entire working program proposed. The workshop will be led in English.

If you are interested to participate to the MOTION TOOLKIT training workshop, please send a letter mentioning your interest and needs in relation with the workshop together with a biography or CV to the email address by January 15, 2012, For more information please contact Ilze Zirina (Association of the Professional Dance Choreographers of Latvia), email or phone HA directly.

The Motion Toolkit workshop in cultural management is organised by Gabriela Tudor Foundation/United Experts, in partnership with body>data>space (UK), and the Association of the Professional Dance Choreographers of Latvia (LV) in the frame of the European mobility and exchange programme “E-Motional Body & Cities”, co-funded with the support from the Culture 2007-2013 Programme of the European Union.


Ghislaine Boddington
– Creative Director – body>data>space
Ghislaine is an artist, dramaturg, curator/producer, researcher and thought leader specialising, since the early 90’s, in the body’s integration into responsive technologies and interactive interfaces. She has developed long term expertise in experiential innovations and virtual/physical blended projects and holds in depth knowledge of the way we perceive, participate, move, communicate and behave within interconnected space. She co-founded the collectives shinkansen (1989-2004) and body>data>space (2005-present), gathering 25 years experience in the process direction of interdisciplinary, culturally diverse groupings. She has directed and co-curated numerous events series, workshops and symposia on topical technologies, network culture, identity politics and intercultural relations, throughout East/West Europe, the US and Asia. She  regularly delivers keynotes across arts, creative industries and business, and works as a moderator worldwide, enabling debates that place the live body at the centre of digital interaction. At present with body>data>space she is directing EU Culture collaborative project Robots and Avatars (first exhibition at FACT Liverpool, 16th March to 27th May) and is dramaturge for the new MADE Commission by Joseph Hyde, which premieres at the National Theatre London on June 9th, with live links to publics in Paris, Istanbul and Brussels.

Cosmin Manolescu – Executive director – Gabriela Tudor Foundation
Cosmin is a choreographer, curator, expert and arts manager based in Bucharest. Since 1997 he organised more than 100 cultural projects and initiated and co-organised several European mobility and exchange projects with artists and partners from Eastern/Western Europe and United States. He holds a European Masters’ Degree in Cultural Management – Ecumest Programme (1996) and followed a special training programme in Coaching for Organisation Development led by Swiss coach Monika Egger (2007-2008). He is the director of Gabriela Tudor Foundation and United Experts, a registered label for cultural development created by Gabriela Tudor in 2007. He is member of the Coalition of the Independent Cultural Sector in Romania which advocates for the independent cultural sector and the reform of the public funding system. His key qualifications are project design and management, public relations and coaching for organisational development. Cosmin is initiator and programme leader of the E-Motional Bodies & Cities, a two-year European mobility and exchange programme targeting artists and managers from 6 countries, organised by Gabriela Tudor Foundation.