International Council for Traditional Music

A Non-Governmental Organization in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO


The 24th Symposium will take place between 10th and 16th July 2006 in the university centre of Cluj, Romania. The proposed themes are: From Field to Text: Translations and Representations and Dance and Space.

Upcoming Meetings – Ethnochoreology Study Group
23rd Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Ethnochoreology, The Silence of Dance, July 11-18, 2004 Monghidoro (Bologna), Italy
— First announcement

Topic 1: Visible and invisible dance. Research on dance in symbolic frames
- Hidden structures, links, codes/ symbolic features in dance events
- The dance experience in other fields (music, art, literature)
- Non-verbal communication in dance
- Connecting different worlds: dance and interpretation of reality
Topic 2: Crossing identity boundaries.
- Identities transgressed, challenged
- Gender crossing; urban-rural contexts; borders and migrations
- Switching identities with expressive behaviours
- Comparison and transmission
The above mentioned aspects are only a few of the possible approaches and the Symposium Committee welcomes other proposals, providing that they focus on either one or both of the above topics.

Symposium Committee:
Placida Staro (Italy), Barbara Sparti (Italy), Tvrtko Zebec (Croatia), Marianne Bröcker (Germany); Symposium advisor: Elsie Ivancich Dunin (Croatia/USA);
Organization staff: Lucia Cutti (Italy), Stefano Lorenzi (Italy), Marta di Mariano (Italy).

Sponsors: Municipality of Monghidoro; Tuttoservizi s.p.a; Provincia di Bologna; Associazione “E bene venga maggio”

Events of the symposium:
Papers/ panels/ roundtables/ video sessions/ teaching workshops/ sub-study group meetings/ shared events with the International Dance Festival "Che non venisse mai giorno." Excursions to neighboring villages and to Celtic and Etruscan archeological sites.

Location and accommodations:
Monghidoro is a small town in the Apennine mountain region (altitude 848 meters) between Bologna and Florence. For further information, see:

Accommodation is in hotels (€ 40-100 per night) or in private houses (€ 20-30) or in a "pilgrim accommodation" (students = € 6; others = € 10)
Further details will be given to those who complete the application form.
Meals cost approximately € 25 per day.

Registration fee (€ 60) covers organizational expenses, the rental of conference rooms and technical equipment, excursions, the welcome party, coffee breaks.

Guidelines for proposals
The Symposium Committee welcomes proposals for the following categories:
research paper, video presentation, panel or roundtable, teaching workshop, current research.

A proposal is submitted in the form of an abstract—maximum length is one page, including a bibliography. The abstract concisely states which symposium topic is addressed, the theme of the work, research method or framework of analysis, and conclusion. The proposal should also identify the type of equipment needed for illustrative material.

1. Research paper is based on original research, related to one of the symposium topics, and which has not been presented previously. The presentation should not take more than 20 minutes, including illustrative or audio-visual materials.
Research papers may be submitted either individually or as part of a panel with a unifying theme.
2. Video presentation is based on original research, addressing one of the symposium topics, and should not take more than 20 minutes to present.
3. Panels or roundtables are unified to a theme that is connected to a topic of the Symposium. Proposals are submitted by an organizer stating the relation to the symposium topic, and a list of participants. The timing of a panel or roundtable is relative to the number of participants, but should not exceed fifteen minutes per presenter.
4. Workshops. (limited to a total of six) related to dancing—teaching—learning.
A workshop of theoretical/practical demonstrations or teaching should be based on original research and designed to take no more than 45 minutes. The proposal states the purpose of the movement experience, its relation to a symposium topic, and physical needs (amount of space, equipment) to present the workshop.
5. Current research. This is a brief communication (not more than 10 minutes) about current research projects. The proposal needs only to indicate the intent to make a current research report.

The abstract should be pertinent to the topics. All submissions should include the language of the presentation and a statement of audio-visual needs (audio cassette player, overhead projector, slide projector, computer, video—VHS-PAL, SECAM, or NTSC). The language of the abstracts can be English or Italian. In accord with what was agreed upon at the 22nd symposium in Szeged, the Symposium Committee is considering papers presented in languages other than English. However, colleagues who would present papers in Italian, French, Russian, or Spanish are asked to provide a written summary of the presentation in English which is available to the symposium audience.

30 june 2003 = response to include name, address, country, institution and title of presentation (in order to plan hotel-housing reservations)
30 september 2003 = complete application form and abstract (in order to plan the event)

Responses, application forms and abstract to:
Placida Staro Ca’ de’ Rossi 7 - I 40063 Monghidoro
e-mail: phone: 39 0516555015

Accommodation reservations: phone: 39 0516555132
Please respond by June 30, 2003

23rd Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Ethnochoreology:

c/o Placida Staro
Ca’de’ Rossi 7
I – 40063 Monghidoro
Or email:

Intended participation: _____ YES _____NO _____MAYBE

TOPIC 1______________ TOPIC 2____________

VIDEO-SESSION__________________ PAPER _____________________


PANEL______________ ROUND TABLE ________________________

Title ___________________________________________________________

Abstract enclosed: _____ YES _____NO

Technical equipment needed: _______________________________________


25/31 JULY 2002

PART I 25 JULY 2002

1. Minutes of Business Meeting, 21st Symposium, Korcula, Croatia, 5/6 July 2000
The minutes were unanimously approved.

2. Activities Report

2.1 Membership
The Chair reported an increase in membership over the past two years. Numbers immediately prior to the meeting were:
161 active 29 latent 46 non-active
Recruitment had been by the following means:
(a) Study Group on Ethnochoreology Symposia - 15 new people had been recruited.
(b) Seminar for New Ethnochoreologists, November 2001 - 5 new members had been recruited.
(c) ICTM Conference, Rio de Janeiro, July 2001 - this had resulted in new members especially from Brazil and elsewhere in South America.
(d) Websites of ICTM and Study Group
(e) Personal contacts
The Chair pointed out that it was the policy of the Study Group to retain non-active members on the address list in case they decide to participate at a future date. Membership was achieved by contacting the Chair or a member of the Board. The applicant would then receive an official letter from the Chair and an information form requesting details of the applicant's addresses and interests, for both the Study Group and the Newsletter. Only those who wish to join the Study Group need to pay the ICTM subscription, otherwise they may subscribe to the Newsletter only.

2.2 Study Group Board's Communications
Since the last business meeting of the Study group in Korcula, Croatia in 2000, the Board had continued to operate electronically in September 2000, December/January 2001, September/October 2001, December 2001, January 2002 and May 2002. Other occasions had been used for face-to-face meetings at which not all members could be present. These were at the New Ethnochoreologists Seminar in Clermont Ferrand, at the commemoration of György Martin and at the sub-Study Group meeting on fieldwork in Bulgaria. Owing to health problems, William Reynolds had been unable to participate fully in the meetings since autumn 2001. This had resulted in the call for nominations being sent out later than anticipated rather than via the Newsletter intended for circulation January 2002. Theresa Buckland as Secretary had consequently distributed the call for nominations by electronic and normal mail in May 2002. A compendium of written recommendations on organising the symposium had been passed on to the organisers of the 22nd symposium. There had been communication difficulties in planning this symposium as a result of a breakdown in the computer system in the Institute at Budapest.

2.3 Rio de Janeiro
The Chair reported on the study group's activities at the 36th World ICTM conference in Rio de Janeiro in July 2001. 8 papers were presented by Study Group members and there was a roundtable on current trends in ethnochoreology which resulted in useful exchanges on information, especially from South America. Publications of the Study Group including the proceedings from the symposia of Istanbul and Korcula were displayed. The Study Group enjoys excellent representation in ICTM activities: Adrienne Kaeppler is Vice President and Egil Bakka and Marianne Bröcker are members of the Executive Board.

2.4 Sub-Study Group Activities
The sub-study groups had been very active in the past two years and short reports were given in the second part of the meeting.

2.5 Collaborative Activities
2.5.1 The Chair outlined her interest in further developing information exchange between lecturers in ethnochoreology and the development of students. In relation to this, the 3rd New Ethnochoreologists Seminar had taken place at Blaise Pascal Université, Clermont Ferrand, France, in October 2002 and was organised by Georgiana Gore. The seminar, initiated by Laszlo Felföldi, takes place every two years and is organised at a higher education and/or research institution with invited lecturers contributing. This time it was held in conjunction with a research seminar, 'Memory, History and Culture'.
2.5.2 A celebration of the 70th anniversary of Roderyk Lange had resulted in a jubilee publication, edited by Dariusz Kubinowski.
2.5.3 In April 2002, to commemorate what would have been the 70th birthday of György Martin, a roundtable on the future of ethnochoreology in the 21st century on the basis of Martin's work has been held.
2.5.4 As an institutional body, or through personal collaboration the Study Group was in contact with World Dance Alliance (where Adrienne Kaeppler, Mohd Anis Md Nor and Reana Loutzaki are occupying leading positions) with CIOFF, with IDC (International Dance Council) and UNESCO.

3. Publications
Information flow between the ICTM and the Study Group occurs between the ICTM Bulletin, the Newsletter and the Website.
3.1 ICTM Bulletin
Reports on the following had appeared in the ICTM Bulletin: 21st symposium (Elsie Dunin) October 2000; first circular letter on the 22nd symposium and the programme (Laszlo Felföldi) April 2001, April 2002; notification of the sub-study group activities, Fieldwork (Anca Giurchescu), revival (Mats Nilsson) and Dance Iconography (Barbara Sparti).
3.2. ICTM Website
The Chair recorded her thanks on behalf of the Study Group to Prof. Tilman Seebass (responsible for the StGs from the part of the Executive Board) and to Mrs. Silvia Scherer (responsible for the ICTM Website) and reported that Tilman Seebass had provised the website of the study group as a model.
3.3. 21st Symposium Proceedings
The Chair offered her thanks and congratulations to the editors of the 21st Symposium proceedings, Elsie Dunin and Tvrtvko Zebec and to the publishers. She emphasized her gratitude for the speed at which the publication was ready.
3.4 Yearbook for Traditional Music
The Chair thanked Adrienne Kaeppler for her work as guest editor of the 33rd Yearbook which was composed of contributions from study group members' work, much of it drawn from past symposia proceedings. The new editor of the Yearbook, Stephen Wild, had emailed the Chair to say that he 'was proud to be associated with it' and that the result was an 'important contribution to scholarship'.
3.5. Newsletter
The Chair reported that the Newsletter had been an important medium for 15 years in linking the members of the Study Group and disseminating information. She confirmed that there had been no Newsletter subsequent to number 21. William Reynolds formally announced his retirement as editor in November 2001, planning to issue number 22 with the call for nominations in January 2002 but was prevented from doing so on account of health problems.
William Reynolds then drew attention to the fact that he was unable to present a full Newsletter report since there had not yet been a publications committee meeting prior to the present business meeting. He reported that there had been some problems with the website as a result the update to Microsoft Web 2000. He requested that those with problems should now email him with specific details if any problems of access which they might be experiencing. He advised that the website address is given on the cover of the newsletter. At present, he reported, there is no system for putting new information on the website, a situation which would be discussed in the publications committee.
Lisbet Torp stated that a number of members had not received a Newsletter for some time. William Reynolds requested that members send him updated addresses, as he had no means of knowing if Newsletters were not received. He noted a problem with the flow of information and urged the members once again to supply him with information for the Newsletter. He also noted that there had been no increase in the subscription costs to the Newsletter (£5-00, 15 marks, 50 Danish crowns, 10 US$) and that was no institutional support financial for the Newsletter.
There was discussion about the possibility and desirability of putting the Newsletter on the website and also on archiving back issues.
3.6 21st Symposium Proceedings
Elsie Dunin reported that the Korcula meeting had been the largest gathering of the Study Group so far and consequently the proceedings reflected this in the size of the publication. She had wished for there to be an accompanying CD but two years ago this had not been feasible but it was a definite future possibility. She recorded her thanks to all, especially to her co-editor, Trvtko Zebec, Iva Niemcic and the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research for enabling the publication to be produced within a year. The volume was available at the 22nd symposium at a price of 20US$
3.7 22nd Symposium Proceedings.
Laszlo Felföldi reported on possibilities for the publication of the current symposium proceedings. Studia Musicologica was interested in selecting papers from the second topic of the symposium but the members were assured that here would also be full proceedings in print once a publisher and financier had been determined. There was discussion on how the proceedings were edited and it was made clear that that there is an organising committee, normally including one person for whom English is the first language. The editing style varied according to the preferences of the editors from each symposium.
3.7 Bibliography of Study Group Members
Tvrtko Zebec drew attention to the need for members to send entries for the forthcoming edition of the Bibliography before December 2002. Members were assured that they could send in entries in their own format. Lisbet Torp asked if there were plans for the bibliographies (the 2003 edition would be the fifth) to be placed on the web. This, together with the idea of putting them on a CD, was to be discussed in the publications committee. Thanks were made to Trvtko Zebec for his work on this bibliography
3.8 Yearbook for Traditional Music
Adrienne Kaeppler announced the recent publication of volume 33 of the Yearbook comprising of a selection from past proceedings from the Study Group's symposia. It contains 15 papers from 13 countries. All members who were up-to-date with their ICTM subscription should already have received their copy. Volume 21 had been reprinted and was still available. Thanks were made to Adrienne Kaeppler for her work in editing this new collection.

4. Amendment of Operating Procedures
It was proposed to amend section 3(c) of the operating procedures, i.e. the call for nominations to change from 180 days to 90 days prior to the elections. It was also proposed to change the ruling on proposals for amendments to the operating procedures from 90 to 60 days to bring this into line with the first proposal. Both proposals, were moved, discussed, proposed and agreed.

This concluded the first part of the business meeting.

PART II 31 July 2000

(Thanks to Egil Bakka for providing the notes on which these minutes are based)

5. Meeting procedures
The Chair reminded members that the meeting would operate according to the agreed new procedures. Those entitled to participate in the meeting must have paid up membership dues of the ICTM or would have to pay their membership dues on returning home.

6. Short Sub-Study Group Reports
6.1 Full reports on Fieldwork and Iconography had formed part of the symposium's proceedings this year.
6.2 Fieldwork: Anca Giurchescu
The secretary reported on future plans for the group.
6.3 Ritual: Elsie Dunin
The secretary proposed a break in the group's activities and that if it should recommence, and then a new secretary needed to be found. Lisbet Torp recommended that a new secretary should be decided formally at a Symposium .The current secretary agreed to inform the sub-study group membership of this decision to cease activities for the moment.
6.4 Proposals for new sub study groups
6.4.1 Dance and Migration Proposer Christine Glauser
A short description of aims was read. Those interested should contact
6.4.2 Dance and Music Proposer Jörgen Torp
A brief description was read. Those interested should contact
6.4.3 19th Century Couple Dances Proposer Egil Bakka
Egil Bakka proposed to restart this sub-study group and read a short description. Members interested should contact
6.4.4 The Chair stated that new sub-study groups will be formally recognized by the Board after they had begun work.

7. 23rd Symposium of the Study Group on Ethnochoreology
7.1 Location
Placida Staro put forward an invitation for the next Symposium to be held at Monghidoro, Bologna in collaboration with the village. The organiser's proposed theme was 'visible and invisible dance'. She also proposed a local organising committee consisting of herself, Martha di Mariano, Barbara Sparti, and Helene Eriksen. She proposed early July in order to link the symposium with a local festival and thus gain local support. However, the symposium could be arranged with other support. A start date of 7 July would still enable some connection with the local festival.
The proposal was unanimously accepted and it was left to the Board to determine final dates.
7.2 Proposals for Themes
Proposals made on the evening of the 30th were carried forward for discussion. On the first vote the results were as follows:
Comparison 7
Dance and Aesthetics 20
Dancing Networks (Family, Kinship, dancing communities, Virtual Villages, Global to Local) 16
Crossing identity Boundaries (Identities being transgressed, challenged, gender crossing) 24
Text and dance Relationship (Sung/song dancing, ballad, rhythmic recitation, shouts, dramatic texts) 11
Detailed studies of Dance (studies of Movement Details to include practical work) and Learning and Teaching Dance Systems (transmission)
Leadership in dance 1
Staged representations, interaction of stage and community
Second Vote
Dance and Aesthetics 8
Crossing identity boundaries 16
Learning and Teaching Dance Systems plus detailed studies

Third Vote
Crossing Identity Boundaries
Learning and Teaching dance Systems plus detailed studies
The meeting made a majority decision to keep the last two proposals and asked the Board and programme committee to adjust and combine the themes.
7.3 There was discussion on the format of roundtables and panels. Elsie Dunin clarified that roundtables focused on discussion and panels more on presentations with discussion. Egil Bakka suggested that the program committee could ask proposers of abstracts to clarify their relation to the theme.

8. ICTM 37th World Conference
The Chair informed the meeting of the forthcoming conference and invited members to submit proposals for presentations.

9. Nomination and Election of Chair and Secretary
Adrienne Kaeppler chaired the meeting at this point as the periods of office for Chair and Secretary had come to an end. Thanks were made for their work and the leadership of the Chair. Both had indicated heir willingness to stand for election again. Elsie Dunin informed the meeting that she had received 6 nominations for their re-election and no other nominations. Anca Giurchescu and Theresa Buckland were re-elected with acclamation.

10. Other Business
Lisbet Torp requested that the business minutes be circulated quickly to all members. She also recommended that in future the business meeting should not be scheduled at the very beginning and the very end of the symposium but approved of the two part scheduling.

11. Approval of Decisions made
Egil Bakka, kindly acting as secretary in the absence of Theresa Buckland, read out the decisions just made by the meeting:

11.1 The meeting had unanimously accepted Placida Staro's invitation for the 23rd symposium to be held in Italy.
11.2 The meeting had decided to take Crossing Identity Boundaries and Learning and Teaching Dance Systems plus Detailed Studies as themes for the next symposium, together with the local organising committee proposed.
11.3 The Chair of the Study Group, Anca Giurchescu, and the Secretary, Theresa Buckland, were re-elected with acclamation.

Theresa Buckland
Secretary of the Study Group

Sub-Study Group on 19th Century Couple Dances
First meeting in Prague 3 - 6 April 2003

At the Symposium in Szeged, Hungary this summer Egil Bakka suggested to revive the Sub-Study Group on 19th Century Couple Dances. This sub-study group was already proposed at the Korcula symposium, but did not get started.

Idea. At the end of the 18th Century the waltz and other dances with similar movement patterns started spreading in Europe, and became a dominant genre for the 19th century. The dancing masters of that time called them round dances. The dances even spread to other continents where Westerners had influence. These dances will be the topic of the sub-study group. The idea is to start by comparing such dance material and discuss, whether we can find basis for a classification of the material in a few main groups. How to continue will then be discussed at the first meeting.

Practical information. The first meeting in the Sub-Study Group on 19th Century Couple Dances will be held in Prague, thanks to our colleague Daniela Stavélová who has been kind enough to host us.
Participants should plan to arrive in Prague Thursday evening the 3rd of April, so that we can start the 4th April in the morning at 09:00. We will end our meeting Sunday the 6th at 15:00 o'clock.
The principle for a Sub-Study Group meeting is that the host finds a location where we can meet, and give us suggestions for a couple of alternatives for accommodation. Then everybody pay their own travel and stay and make their reservations for accommodation.

Working order. In my mind a Sub-Study Group works through informal exchange and discussions over prepared material, rather than through papers. It is also my experience that a Sub-Study Group needs to start on a simple and clearly formulated working plan, rather than with a discussion on how to work. As secretary of the group, I therefore would like to suggest a working plan for the first meeting. Then, having worked according to this plan during the meeting I suggest we evaluate and discuss further work on an open basis, at the end.

My suggestions are: 1) We concentrate on couple dance material of types like waltz and polka, and everybody prepares as much as possible by surveying such material in a country or region he finds natural to study. 2) Everybody brings examples of such dances, on video, in notation or descriptions from traditional environment or from dance teachers, or even from revival. Ideally everybody should bring at least 5-10 examples with as much information as possible about the sources of the material. It would be good to have a bit more material than we have time to present. 3) We work by presenting to each other our material, one dance at a time, briefly in about 5 minutes, and then go on discussing each example. We discuss different sources, we discuss if the dance to our knowledge is widespread or not and we compare examples. 4) After some rounds of presentations, we can start discussing how we define this kind of dance material, and see if we can reach questions worthwhile following up in later meetings.

Information on the meeting has already been circulated to those who signed up for the sub-study group in Szeged. Several of those have already said they will come, but the meeting is still open to members of the Study Group on Ethnochoreology. If you are interested, please contact me as secretary as soon as possible.

Very best wishes
Egil Bakka
Secretary of the Sub-Study Group on 19th Century Couple Dances

Egil Bakka
Rff-sentret, Dragvoll
Tel: +47 7359 6575