The last NOBA meeting is over – what happens now?

The last meeting within the framework of NOBA is now over and it is time to summarize the project and look forward. Since 2011 NOBA has worked to create a network and a platform for everyone working with dance for children and young audiences in the Nordic region. Over the years NOBA has organized six meetings and in some cases even small festivals to reduce the distances between the Nordic countries, allowing us to share experiences and bring dance for children high up on the agenda. Now that the last meeting is over, NOBA is focusing on how to continue the work and the future vision includes a joint effort to raise the profile of the Nordic dance field for children and young audiences on an international level. To support and coach the producers who are working, or want to work, on an international level is also part of the plan. More information about NOBA and the future will come. Until then we want to send a warm thank you to everyone who has participated in the meetings, everyone who has contributed in creating the NOBA network and worked with us during the last years. Big thanks to you all and see you soon!

Thank you for the NOBA Espoo seminar!


We want to send big thanks to everyone who participated in the NOBA Espoo seminar. Also special thanks to all the speakers and to Glims & Gloms dance company and the team for hosting the meeting. We hope you all got loads of new inspiration, ideas and contacts to bring home with you! NOBA Espoo hosted a total of 35 participants from Finland, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Estonia and Denmark.

Time to register for Espoo!

Time flies and we are going fast towards Ocotber and the NOBA meeting in Finland. This meeting is the sixth – and final – NOBA meeting and we hope you will take this last opportunity to meet with your colleagues in the Nordic-Baltic region within the NOBA network.

The title of this NOBA meeting is Dance as a tool for learning International seminar on the possibilities of audience outreach and is all about discussing the possibilities dance has to offer. Dance – watched, experienced and experimented – works as a medium for understanding and strengthening children’s and young people’s identities through embodiment. The collaboration between artists, schools and communities offers opportunities for the applied use of dance in different subjects through phenomenon-based learning.

We are happy to present the full seminar program and please notice that registration for the meeting must be made before September 16.

Click here to see the detailed program >


Next NOBA meeting in Espoo, Finland!

We are happy to announce that the next NOBA meeting will be held in Espoo, Finland, September 30 – October 2. The three-day meeting is hosted by Glims & Gloms dance theatre, and held in Vindängen Community Centre in Espoo.

Short Schedule
September 30 | We will start the first day with a seminar, focusing on audience outreach. The seminar is for producers, choreographers, dancers, school teachers and professionals interested in working with young audiences.
October 1 | During this day we take a closer look on case studies and learn about networks and funding possibilities. The day ends with a round-table discussion.
October 2 | The third day is all about workshops primarily for artists and teachers, with a more hands-on approach. 

Full program and details will soon be available on the NOBA website.
Registration opens on June 12 but as of now preliminary registrations can be made via email:

There will be more information about the Espoo meeting in the next newsletter, so until then – save the date and apply for the NOBA travel grant!

The NOBA travel grant
The NOBA travel grant covers travel costs to and from the network meetings for members of the network who either freelance or may not have their travel expenses covered by their organization. Simply send name, position, name of the organization, contact details and how much you’re applying for to Application deadline is August 3. In order to be eligible for travel grant you need to be a member of the network, so sign up by emailing your name, organization, function and country of residence to


Thank you all for a fantastic time in Tartu!

Now when the festival and NOBA meeting in Tartu is over we want to send a big thank you to everyone. We had a fantastic time and learned so much during this long weekend. Soon we will have news about the next NOBA meeting, so keep an eye on our website and our newsletter. See you soon!

Read full summary from the NOBA Tartu meeting here >

Tartu seminars and workshops

Yesterday we had the chans to enjoy dance performances from both Denmark, Finland, Estonia and USA-Holland! During the NOBA Tartu meeting you will also have the opportunity to participate in seminars and workshops. Today’s program starts with a seminar held by Anne Ekenes. Anne Ekenes is the artistic leader of the dance company Panta Rei Danseteater in Norway. She will talk about the opportunities and risks that comes along when you are touring with performances for young audiences.

In the afternoon we will have a workshop with Joan van der Mast (NL), on the theme “Boosting your Creative Soul”. Joan van der Mast is choreographer, contemporary dance teacher, certified Laban Movement Analyst and an internationally respected specialist & lecturer in didactics and methodology in Contemporary and Modern Dance.

To finish of this day, we will enjoy Erik Kaiel`s workshop “Orbiting the body“.
Erik Kaiel is a lebanese-american choreographer, now based in the Netherlands. His choreography has won numerous prizes, and over the last decade, he and his dancers have taught, performed, and created work throughout the world.
In this workshop we will explore physical communication as a springboard for further ideas and the emphasis will be on open-ended exercises. Elements of contact improvisation will mix with the rudimentary dance scores, building a base for further exploration and discovery.

Read more about the program here >


NOBA Tartu begins today!


Today NOBA Tartu begins and we are looking forward to an inspiring weekend filled with knowledge, new ideas and of course  - DANCE.

Next up in our program introduction is Estonian Dance Agency with KAMA, choreographer Renate Keerd. KAMA is a youth dance performance. But not only. Human being is still human being wether you are young or old. There are 4 young people on stage – 2 girls and 2 boys.

Check out the trailer here >

Tartu starts tomorrow

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Photo: Günter Krämmer, Heidelberg

We are very happy to present Erik Kaiel’s No Man is an Island. This dance duet pushes the limits of physical possibility. It explores balance as one body climbs and shifts on top of another without ever touching the ground.

See you very soon!

Watch trailer here >

Don’t miss PapulaBOX in Tartu

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Photo: Ilpo Vainionpää

Our Tartu program introduction continues with Glims & Gloms dance company’s PapulaBOX. It is a truly playful performance for kids by Simo Heiskanen. So don’t miss it this Friday at 14.00 in Tartu Uus Teater!

In papulaBOX, the energetic papulae AtomMolecule and Proton find out the difference between a line segment and a line, and get to know circles, rhombuses and parallelograms. The papulae do scientific motion tests and acquaint themselves profoundly in the substance of the triangle.

The performance is is made for children over three years.

Click here to view the trailer>

This Friday NOBA Tartu starts with company WE GO!

Photo: WE GO

WE GO are first out in Tartu this Friday with their performance Music from movement – MINI!

This is what they say about the performance on their web site:

“If Björk and Blue Men Group had several love children they would undoubtedly look something like WE GO in their latest concert performance. Four dancers and musicians form an ensemble that merges into a single organism of bodies and instruments. Their movements create the sound and music emerges from choreography in a humourous and tightly composed mechanism. 

The performance is for young audiences regardless of age, really – but made specifically for the agegroup 10-18.”

Join us on Friday, but if you can´t wait until then, take a sneak peak at the Music from Movement – MINI video here >


NOBA Tartu next week!

Next week we welcome you to the NOBA network meeting and festival in Tartu, April 17-19. The main theme for these three days is “Dance beyond the boarders of the stage” and we have an inspiring weekend ahead of us with performances, seminars and workshops. We are looking forward to the meeting and hope to see you there!

Read more > MEETINGS or visit the NOBA Tartu event page on Facebook


Travel grant for Tartu

As customary, we have a small NOBA travel grant that you can apply for. The grant covers travel costs for the network meetings for members of the network who either freelance or may not have their travel expenses covered by their organization. Simply send name, position, name of the organization, contact details and how much you’re applying for to the network coordinator Malin Enberg at Application deadline is January 30th 2015. In order to be eligible for travel grant you need to be a member of the network, so sign up by emailing your name, organization, function and country of residence to

NOBA is getting ready to welcome you to Tartu!

The next NOBA meeting will take place in Tartu, Estonia on April 17th-19th 2015. Save the dates!

NOBA Tartu will offer a concentrated range of seminars, workshops and performances, connected in context and providing a chance of gaining experience and knowledge on creating dance for young audiences. Anne Eknes (NO), Joan van der Mast (NL) and Erik Kaiel (US/NL) will host workshops and seminars about going beyond the confines of the stage with dance art for young audience. ‎

In addition to the seminars and workshops there will be performances connecting to and bouncing off each other. NOBA open call winner Music from Movement (We GO, Denmark) will start the performance program. We are also happy to host Finnish company Glims&Gloms Dance Company’s papulaBOX, Erik Kaiel’s No Man is an Island and Estonian choreographer Renate Keerd’s KAMA. And of course, NOBA participants will also have the great opportunity to join Festival School Dance (Koolitants) showings during Saturday and Sunday evenings. There you can have a look at Estonia’s most popular dance festival for children and youth, a festival that just celebrated its 20th birthday!  Last but not least, Joan van der Mast is moderating a panel discussion after School Dance evening showings. So it is going to be a three-day festival full of new ideas, practice and learning from sharing and exchange.

The NOBA Tartu team will be glad to help you with anything from time schedules to local accommodation bookings. ‎We recommend you arrive to Tallinn on April 16th, spend the night in Tallinn and travel by train or bus to Tartu in the morning on 17th. NOBA program will end around 16:00 on April 19th, so you have time to travel to Tallinn and take an evening flight home around 4 hours later. There will be Festival School Dance showings on that evening also, so you are of course more than welcome to stay overnight and leave on Monday, Aprill 20th if you want to!

For registered participants there is no participation fee. Registration will include 4 performances on April 17th at 13:00, 14:00 and 19:00 (double bill).

For questions and registration contact
Marion Ründal
phone: +372 660 2524

Open call for NOBA performance program!

We are happy to announce that the next NOBA platform will take place in Tartu, Estonia on 17-19 of April 2015. Most of the artistic program is already selected, but we are still looking for 1 dance performance focused on audience ages 6-10, from a Nordic or Baltic country. And we are now inviting you to submit performances to us!


  • Dance performance, duration 30-45 minutes.
  • Suitable for audiences aged 6-10.
  • Link to the video (Vimeo, Youtube). If necessary, please add password.
  • Technical rider.
  • Possible to perform on the stage of Tartu Uus Teater. (Further details by request).
  • Detailed budget.
  • Possibility to cover some of the expenses.

Please send your application letter with the required information to no later than Thursday, October 30 2014. The NOBA Tartu seminar and performance program is organized by Estonian Dance Agency.

NOBA meeting in Reykjavík 30th of August 2014

SL- Association Of Independent Performing Arts Iceland is pleased to host the next NOBA network meeting! The meeting takes place on Saturday the 30th of August from 10:00-15:00 at Tjarnarbíó, Tjarnargötu 12 in Reykjavík. The afternoon will include a network meeting, a “sharing stories” session and workshop, a “meet-the-expert” session and lunch.

We start the day with a short introduction to the NOBA network. This will be followed by a “sharing stories” session where selected members of the network share their respective experiences in how to tour dance for young audiences. This segment will also feature an open discussion with the audience.

After lunch, which will also be served at Nordic House, we will host a workshop about self-organizing and how to practically work with production and discuss things such as how to present yourself at festivals, in print and online, or how to approach potential buyers or collaboration partners etc.

In addition to the actual meeting, NOBA will also host un-official dinner at Thursday 28th at 20.00 for those of you arriving early! We kindly ask you to sign up for the meeting and the un-official dinner at before Thursday 21st of August.

The NOBA network meeting is part of RDF – Reykjavík Dance Festival and at the same time LOKAL – international theater festival, is going on in Reykjavik. Have a look at the programs for these at and

We are looking forward to seeing you in Reykjavik!

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About NOBA

NOBA is the Nordic-Baltic Dance Network for Young Audiences.

Our goal is to raise awareness, increase mobility and share information. The network is open to anyone working within dance for young audiences.

NOBA is made possible with financial aid from:
Nordic Culture Point, Swedish Arts Council and Region Västra Götaland

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