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SECOND STAGE: Yesterday’s dancers in today’s life

In 2016 the Dutch retraining program for dancers (ODN) celebrates its 30th anniversary. To highlight this occasion there will be a special exhibition called Second Stage during the Nederlandse Dansdagen in Maastricht. The exhibition will consist of photographs taken by former dancer Goran Turnšek, who was retrained as a photographer.

Second Stage shows photos of dancers after their performing career. Even though they stopped dancing, their body still works as their instrument. They use it in a different way, but the dancer in them is still recognisable and their characteristic way of moving still visible. That does not disappear.

With these photo’s Goran illustrates the transience of the art form of dance and a dancer’s career. His work is so distinct because he can relate to the subjects like no other.

Since the start in 1986 hundreds of dancers were supported by the Omscholingsregeling to alleviate the transition from dancing to a second career. What they all have in common is that they are as successful in their new career as they were while dancing. Therefore the Omscholingsregeling is considered a remarkable and inspiring example of how artists can be employed in a sustainable way. All dancers that are portrayed in the exhibition have used the retraining program.

Goran was born in 1978 in Slovenia. He danced, among other, for Krisztina de Châtel, Piet Rogie and Nicole Beutler. During his dancing career he developed a special interest in the relation between dance and photography. The choice for a second career was therefore a natural one. Supported by the Omscholingsregeling he started studying at the Fotoacademie in Amsterdam, In 2015 he graduated with honours with his graduation project Jakob.

Visit Second Stage between September 27 and October 11 2016, in Theater aan het Vrijthof in Maastricht. 
For more information about the Nederlandse Dansdagen:

Photo: © Goran Turnšek, fragment of Dario kneeling in front of the machine
Second Stage is made possible by Omscholing Dansers Nederland, Amsterdamse Fonds voor De Kunsten and Theodoor Gilissen.





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