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).
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.
Spaces for Encounters is the new digital format of the CSC: an occasion to meet with artists, professionals and institutions from different international dance scenes, held monthly in the digital space activated by the CSC Centro per la Scena Contemporanea dancehouse.More
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.Summary list
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.Summary list
Sanne Wichman, Production at Dansmakers Amsterdam, reports on her visit to CSC Bassano del Grappa.Summary list
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.Summary list
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.Summary list
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.Summary list
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.Summary list