Guiding principles

CSC is a dynamic dance house, dedicated to the development of the culture of contemporary dance and creation. It is a residency center for individual artists or dance companies elaborating their own experimental and research projects, a home for research and artistic development, a platform for the presentation of national and international works, a forum for the exchange of critical responses, discourses and ideas among artists, the public and members of the local community and an environmental frame for installations, site-specific works and other interdisciplinary projects.


CSC Garage Nardini used to be a distillery owned by the Nardini family, one of the oldest grappa producers in Europe. It became a garage and then was closed down for years. In 2008 the Nardini family offered the venue to the Municipality of Bassano as a space to promote projects, activities and initiatives in the field of dance.

Recently the Municipality of Bassano del Grappa undertook the renovation of the San Bonaventura church. The church of the old hospital of the city was deconsacrated when a new building was created in a different area of the town. Retaining its original architecture, it is now called CSC San Bonaventura and  has become a space for the performing arts, for  hosting residencies and performances.

Teatro Remondini is a traditional Italian style theatre. It hosts mainly the presentation of dance works with occasional residencies and dance workshops.

Building and facilities

CSC is housed in 3 unique buildings, all located at walking distance in the city centre of Bassano del Grappa: CSC Garage Nardini (99 seats), CSC San Bonaventura (140 seats) and Teatro Remondini (442 seats).

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Other activities: next to the regular activities of residencies and production, CSC organises a yearly festival taking over the city of Bassano del Grappa, B.Motion.

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Audience Development toolkit

October 2019

Practical guidance to dance organisations

Aerowaves and audience development expert Heather Maitland have compiled an Audience Development toolkit to give practical guidance to dance organisations, using international research and case studies from Aerowaves partners.


Dancing your way to better health & well-being

November 2019

A new report by the World Health Organisation

This report synthesizes the global evidence from over 900 publications on the role of the arts in improving health and well-being, with a specific focus on the WHO European Region.


Producers' Academy

Deadline: 2 February 2020

Apply for its fifth edition

Featuring workshops, talks, lectures and meeting sessions, the Academy will be organised by CIFAS in the frame of Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels and run 10-13 May 2020.

Activities EDN

Enhancing citizens’ engagement

Taking a global perspective on civic engagement through dance, this Atelier held at CSC Bassano del Grappa provided food for thoughts and actions to shift the way we engage with audiences. Topics addressed were related to the development of long term relationships and trust, with citizens, towards contemporary dance initiatives and proposals of the dancehouses.

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Building a dancehouse

Many dancehouses in Europe have been created over preexisting buildings: convents, factories, industrial sites, brick houses, distilleries, to name some examples. This Atelier at CSC Bassano del Grappa took place in a series of meetings aimed at considering and tracing the European, as well as the international, dancehouses history.

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From Dansmakers Amsterdam to Centro per la Scena Contemporanea

Sanne Wichman, Production at Dansmakers Amsterdam, reports on her visit to CSC Bassano del Grappa.

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B.motion 2019

The second edition of the EDN Carte Blanche for artists took place from August 20th to 26th, 2019 hosted by the CSC – Centro per la Scena Contemporanea. Twelve artists from nine Dancehouses attended B.Motion under the guidance of local mentor Eva Zilio.

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A Hundred

Initiated by EDN, A Hundred aimed to create a map of European Dance Resources that promote and support contemporary dance and stimulate international dialogue and collaboration.

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360° - Building Strategies for Communication

360º - Building Strategies for Communication in Contemporary Dance (BSCD) supported dance artists and makers at all stages of their careers to communicate their work effectively.

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Communicating Dance

Communicating Dance aimed to strengthen the European contemporary dance scene, contributing to its competitive edge and visibility within the international creative industry. Communicating Dance focused on recognizing and acknowledging these multi-layered aspects required for cultural leaders with responsibility for teams, funding, communication, distribution.

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Léim (2013 - 2015) aimed to offer participants the opportunity to undertake a personal and collective professional leadership development journey in organisations with a high degree of expertise in dance, both in their own countries and across Europe.

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Modul-dance was a multi-annual cooperation project with the participation of 20 European dance houses from 16 countries. Its main aim was to support development, mobility and exchange for dance artists.

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Migrant bodies - Moving borders

Migrant Bodies developed a shared international research, focusing on identifying, developing and testing new and relevant actions for the inclusion of refugees and migrants with dance and movement based initiatives.

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Empowering Dance - Developing Soft Skills

Empowering Dance - Developing Soft Skills is a European project that aims to research if and how the practice of contemporary dance helps people of all ages to acquire and develop soft skills.

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Dancing Museums

Dancing Museums is an action-research project designed to foster and sustain long-term collaborations between dance organisations, museums, universities and local communities in order to develop inspiring and long-lasting arts and cultural programmes that people in those communities want to get involved in.

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Shape It

The cooperation project Shape It proposes a new model for developing dance performance for young audiences. It will run from 2019 to 2021, under the leadership of The Place (UK).

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Rencontres in Montreal

From November 28th till December 1st an EDN Encounter took place in Montreal, Canada bringing together EDN members with their peers from the CanDance Network. The Rencontres in Montreal at L’Agora de la Danse focused on how a dance house and/or institution mediates between artists and their audiences/communities.

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Encounter Japan

In February 2017 a group of eight representatives of EDN attended a very rich programme of initiatives, participated in speed networking sessions with artists and professionals, developing new connections and dialogues, being introduced to representatives of Asian funding bodies and supportive organizations. This was the first step in the collaboraiton with AND+.

Roberto Casarotto shares his report of the meetings.

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Encounter Hong Kong

By invitation of the West Kowloon Centre, four EDN members joined the 4th edition of the Producers' Network Meeting and Forum. It provided a new occasion for EDN to connect with AND+ since the Encounter in Japan in 2017.

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