Dansateliers is a dancehouse for development in the city of Rotterdam. The house facilitates and coaches (emerging) choreographers and guides them – over a longer period of time – towards a self-standing practice within the performing arts field. Dansateliers supports in all phases of the process, from research to creation, from production to presentation and promotion, always tailor-made. Works and artists are promoted in their network of partners and theatre programmers.
Dialogue, transparency, collaboration and shared responsibility are key to how the organisation operates, in order to create trust, a sense of ownership and home. These values resonate in how they work with artists, in how projects and trajectories are designed and when searching for the right connections and partners. The encounter with the audience and moments of exchange and feedback are essential for the artists’ development and understanding of their work.
It is their primary purpose to produce and promote new generations of dance artists, ensuring an on going nurturing of the national and international contemporary dance field.
Dansateliers was founded in 1993 to answer to the need for experimentation in dance at that moment in time. It has developed its working methods and strategies over the course of its existence, taking on the challenge of – and adjusting to – a changing field and world. An open dialogue with the artists has always played an essential role.
Building and facilities
Dansateliers is located in an early 20th century school building in the city centre, within walking distance from the central station. There are 3 studios; one studio sized 7 x 17 m and 2 studios sized 9 x 18 m. One of the studios is fully technically equipped and can be transformed into a white box for presentation, with a capacity for 50 audience members. A classroom serves as a cosy public space where people gather and meet and various offices are in use for the organisation and the artists.
In this atelier organised by Dansateliers (the Netherlands) participants explored strategies for dance professionals and dance institutes to remain vital and constructively critical with regards to their own practice through lectures, working sessions, dialogue, movement classes and performances.
How can we take in different perspectives on what we do, in order to remain responsive to, or pro-actively act on the ever changing world we live and work in?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
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