International Congress CID at UNESCO

25-29 April 2018

Saint – Petersburg


     Congresses of the International Dance Council, which is in official partnership with UNESCO (consultative status) are open to intercultural cooperation and follow the fundamental principles of UNESCO. Congresses contribute to the creation of a global cultural platform with a positive world perception; create practical methods of democratization, promoting patience and tolerance, which helps to preserve cultural diversity and features of the national heritage.The International Congress CID took place from 25 to 29 April 2018 in Saint-Petersburg.

     The congress was visited 100 representatives of 18 countries, 17 Doctors of Philosophy among them. Within the congress was held a research-to-practice conference «Preservation of the intangible cultural heritage in the music and dance art. Dialogue of the Past, Present and Future in the Art World », meeting of the CID Expert Council, and also workshops, video presentations, performances, dance culture theorists and practitioners meetings. Thus, the congress enabled national cultures to present ethnical forms of the dance, which highly require protection and preservation, and also those, which are in need to be saved as well. In particular, Shankar dance from India, Pre-Hispanic Mexica Ritual Dance, Italian dances: Occitan dance (“Danze Occitane”) from the region Piemont, the Dance of 4 provinces, the Tarantella group; The Armenian dance “Yarkhushta”.

     The Expert Council of the Congress expressed the main strategic directions for saving and development of the world dance culture. The following proposals are addressed to NGO c/o UNESCO, international community, representatives of culture, arts, science and education:

  • protection of the dance heritage throughout the world
  • recording and classification of intangible cultural heritage (in forms of rituals, folk, dancing and choreography)
  • encourage the creation of information centers including a library, film library, record library, television film archives and all other forms of documentation related to dance;
  • organizing research projects on dance phenomenon
  • facilitate the creation and diffusion of choreographic works
  • establishment of scientifically based and practically oriented centers providing methodological, consultative and educational support in the field of choreography with provision for international certification requirements for this activity.
  • organize distribution of the information about CID – UNESCO’s activity for familiarization, about the development of the dance culture, its introduction into a lifestyle, and also for raising financial aid for researchers, performers, choreographers and ballet masters.
  • forming an expert panel for committee work on preserving intangible cultural heritage in every country, city.

     The proposal, initiated by Croatia, supported by Mexico, Serbia, Cyprus and Panama, is to consider the question of including classical ballet in the representative list of intangible cultural heritage of UNESCO.

     Furthermore, specialists of the Congress sections during the wrapping-up of the event ex-pressed the next suggestions, addressed to the government of any country as an in-formational document and to the participants of the event and the world dance community as a recommendation:

  • Continue and widen researches of national folk art
  • Extend theoretical and practical researches in the field of dance culture, considering art synergy: historical, fine art, culturelogical, pedagogical, psychological, medical, sport, etc.
  • Facilitate further study of features of different dance and ballet styles and forms. Assist in creating dance tutorials and promote its inclusion into general education.
  • Support the development of traditional and innovative programs in art-therapy sphere
  • Support usage of health saving technologies in supplementary, secondary and professional education and activities of daily living.
  • Give an exemplary support for setting-up dance centers, theatres, ethnic dance groups.
  • Support international folk art and professional art projects and create new projects based on creative interaction and popularization of dancing in every country. Attract partners for financial support of scientists, performers and choreographers.
  • The research results of СID – UNESCO Congress should be published as a scientific digest (online version to be published on the official CID – UNESCO website), and make them available to the international community.
  • Expand unique CID activity on account of establishing expert groups (recognized by academic and professional associations as a unique ones, – narrowly focused specialists and professionals) for certain projects implementation (e.g. verification of dance identity for those dances that are regarded as national / folk dances. The examination will be concluded by issue of the certificate of authenticity (or of non-compliance) of the dance product, confirmed by the CID -UNESCO Expert panel.
  • Proceed with acknowledgement of memorable historic dates by presenting commemorative tokens, medals, diplomas from CID – UNESCO to people who made contribution to preserve the dance art as an intangible cultural heritage all over the world.