Guiding principles

The Dance House Lemesos is the first space in Cyprus entirely devoted to the support, promotion and development of professional contemporary dance and performance practice in Cyprus. It is a space of creativity and exchange, research and practice, artistic development and innovation. It is a meeting point for local and international dancemakers. The collaboration between Dance House Lemesos and its neighbour, the Rialto Theatre, has been an important development in the continued support for dance in Cyprus.

Dance House Lemesos is a consequence of the rapid development of contemporary dance/performance the last few years in Cyprus and especially in the city of Lemesos. It is situated  next to the Rialto theatre on one side and the Technological University on the other. Both institutions collaborate with the Dance House Lemesos.


Dance House Lemesos was envisioned, created and organised by 5 Cyprus based dance companies with a common urge: to create a space to serve the professional contemporary dance and to develop the art of performance in Cyprus.

Their vision was to generate an environment that would allow them to be resident artists, but also to support the rest of the dance community and help the community in general, via numerous programmes. The initiative for a space began in 2005 by the choreographer Lia Haraki, when she invited the most active dance companies of Lemesos to come together and share a rehearsal space. Progressively that space transformed into Dance House Lemesos.

Officially the House opened its doors on the 1st of October 2007. The companies and choreographers that created Dance House Lemesos are: Chorotheatro Omada Pente (Cloe Melidou, Roula Kleovoulou), 
En drasi (Evie Demetriou, Emily Papaloizou), 
interact dance co. (Natasa Georgiou)
, Solipsism (Anna Charalambous), 
.pelma.lia haraki (Lia Haraki).

Building and facilities

Dance House Lemesos has a large studio space that can also be used for performances, a big veranda looking towards Heroes Square, an office space, store rooms and a kitchen area. It is housed in a listed building and is part of the cultural heritage of Limassol. The decision to locate the House in a specific listed building, aimed at contributing to the upgrading of Heroes Square, a prospect that has been one of the Lemesos Municipality’s efforts during the last few years. It was built in 1919 by Mr Nemitsas and was the residence of the Z. Stamatiou family (one of the 3 founding members of the Electrical Power supply Company). Between 1971-1978 it was used as a private club and thereafter as a mansion prior to its current use as a dancehouse.

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Take part in Micro and Macro Dramaturgies in Dance

Deadlines in November 2019

Open Call for mid-career choreographers and dramaturges

The project Micro and Macro Dramaturgies in Dance provides an opportunity to give artists from five partner countries the experience of leading European dance dramaturges.


Dancehouses in May and June

May - June 2020

Join EDN members remotely

While many EDN members are still closed for public, activities continue to take place remotely - both for artists and audiences! We bring to you plenty of shows, trainings, celebrations, reflections. Take your peak!


"Fit for the Future" Series of Research Papers

Four publications commissioned by EDN in 2021

In 2021, European Dancehouse Network commisioned partner organizations and researchers to investigate the key trends and relations between dance and well-being, dance and mobility, digital shifts in the dance field before and post-pandemic time, as well as how dance could contribute to EU’s external relations. All papers are available for download.

Activities EDN

Common Ground: to care

The Atelier organised by Dance House Lemesos focused on how to strengthen professional practice, a clue aspect of the EDN events for the upcoming years. "Audience development is a mindset, not a product or project”, one of the ideas that arose from the meeting.

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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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Micro and Macro Dramaturgies in Dance

A cooperation project focusing on developing the capacity of choreographers in dramaturgy. Micro and Macro Dramaturgies in Dance aims to develop new skills for choreographers in dramaturgy and to train a future generation of dance dramaturgs through three main areas.

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Outreach India

The first EDN Outreach took place from February 6th to 12th 2015. A representation of 7 EDN members travelled to India under the invitation of Attakkalari coinciding with the celebration of the Attakkalari India Biennial.

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The lonely dance of leadership

Leaders have ultimate responsibility for everything. They set the vision and direction of travel, inspire and nurture others, and make decisions that cannot always be popular. Other people may offer advice and opinions, but in the end it is up to the leader to juggle different demands, make sense of diverse views and shape the future. Leadership is a lonely dance.

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B.motion 2020

Four days of performances, dialogues, interviews, shared physical practices and conversations about dance.

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