The Fast

  • Annelies Van AsscheEmail author


This chapter discusses a threefold chase: a vicious cycle of chasing funding, chasing programmers, and chasing papers. Project-based subsidies engender a precarious position because one is dependent on financial support that is temporary and conditional. There is a manifold sense of uncertainty when applying for funding. The search for funding, and thus work opportunities, is accompanied by maintaining a network of professional contacts. A career in contemporary dance develops between institutions, which demand certain competences in order to sustain itself. The persistent chase after programmers requires networking skills and self-promotion abilities. The social dynamics at play prove to be fundamental in advancing contemporary dance artists’ careers. The third kind of chase deals with the bureaucracy that comes hand in hand with autonomous work.


Project-based subsidies Financial support Funding Contemporary dance Programmers Networking Self-promotion Social dynamics Bureaucracy Autonomous work 


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