Guiding principles

Dansens Hus overall goal is to secure a place and a sense of urgency for dance in society by presenting mainly contemporary Swedish and international dance and closely related performance art of the highest quality, and in other arrangements, such as film, lectures, seminars, etc., to promote the development, availability, breadth and diversity of dance for audiences and mass media.

Dansens Hus is an exciting meeting place and an inspiring environment permeated by professionalism, creativity, diversity, openness and respect. It sees the opportunity for relatively new and exciting art forms that appeal to both young and older differentiated audiences who are curious about contemporary expression. As much as 35% of Dansens Hus audience says that they visited Dansens Hus for the first time.


Dansens Hus was inaugurated in 1991 and is situated in Folkets Hus by Norra Bantorget in central Stockholm. The organisation was formed in 1989 as a foundation by six founders: the Royal Swedish Opera, Riksteatern, the Göteborg Opera, Östgötateatern, Danscentrum and Dansmuseet.

Dansens Hus is located in the new Folkets Hus building that was inaugurated in 1960. Sven Markelius is the architect behind this modernistic building built in functional style. The stage was initially planned to house a cinema. However, it became the home for Stockholm City Theatre, which moved there from 1960 until 1990 when the theatre moved to Kulturhuset.

Although the building is not classified as a heritage building, it has been well-preserved. The original interior remains today in the foyer, featuring Arne Jacobsen’s Swan chairs and teak tables. The Markelius textiles are reproductions. Original teak walls are found in the restrooms, as well as chequered floors and Dals paper towels.

Folkets Hus is owned by LO but is managed by the City Conference Center. The building contains a congress hall, restaurants (Cabaret and Aladdin) and Dansens Hus rents the foyer, stages, offices, training rooms and basement.

Building and facilities

Located in central Stockholm, Dansens Hus is located in Folkets hus, which has two stages. The Main stage has a capacity of 766 people in total, including access for eight wheelchairs and eight companion seats. The Small stage has an audience capacity of 140 seats.

Beyond the activities that take place on stage Dansens Hus also has two studios, which go by the name Dansklotet, dedicated to rehearsals and training. These are primarily used by the visiting artists but are sometimes also hired out to choreographers.

Barnhusgatan 12-14

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!


CoFestival 2020

Nov 20-25, 2020

Ljubljana's festival of contemporary dance and choreography goes online

Due to the limitations of the epidemic, the International Festival of Contemporary Dance CoFestival, with curatorial theme »The Amplifiers of Voices« will be performed in two separate segments. Between 20 and 25 November 2020, a series of online events will take place and the festival with live shows will be postponed until April 2021.


Covid-19 impact on EDN members

EDN survey conducted by Fondazione Fitzcarraldo

European Dancehouse Network together with Fondazione Fitzcarraldo present the report with results of "EDN in Times of Covid-19" survey with responses of 38 dance houses from 23 different countries. 


Tanz in Bern

24 October to 8 November

Dear Darkness

Dampfzentrale (EDN member) is looking forward to see you in Bern, Switzerland for the 12th edition of its festival.



Next meeting: 3 November

A new co-production dance platform in Chile

NAVE launches TACTO, the first digital co-production platform in the field of chilean contemporary dance, where national artists and platforms will be matched with international programmers.


Curating in Context

Resources from the International Summer School

Over the course of the summer, EDN member Lokomotiva (North Macedonia) conducted the first edition of its International Summer School. We highly recommend diving in the resources made available online by Lokomotiva to reflect on contemporary practices of performing arts in relation to activism, social movements and self-organization.


Europe beyond Access

Survey deadline: 30 October

Making dance that celebrates difference

The project Europe Beyond Access supports disabled artists to break the glass ceilings of the contemporary theatre & dance sectors. At the lab hosted by Holland Dance Festival, the following question stood central: How can we create dance and performing arts scenes that are more diverse and that support the work of disabled dancers and artists?


EDN joins Perform Europe

Join Perform Europe’s online Opening Event on 28 January at 14:00 CET

Perform Europe supports experiments with more sustainable ways in cross-border physical and digital distribution of the performing arts in the 41 Creative Europe countries with a view to designing future support schemes for the sector.

Activities EDN

Emerging Encounters Canada

In between the Carte Blanche - Artists Focus and the Encounter, a group of European artists went for three weeks to Montréal for an artistic exchange, following the EDN Encounter that took place two years earlier.

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ExChanging perspectives

The Atelier held by Dansens Hus Stockholm took the form of an international conference aimed to shake up, change perspectives, make visible, challenge and examine norms concerning body, disabilities and choreography within education and the dance field.

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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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The very first step towards EDN, IDEE was proposed by 9 dancehouses working together for the first time as a network. It set out to work with emerging choreographers to help them to make connections across Europe and to contextualise their work for international audiences.

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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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Kore-A-moves (2010-2013) provided an intensive introduction of Korean choreographer’s works to audiences in Europe and the establishment of horizontal exchanges for the future between choreographers and companies, structures and models between both regions.

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Outreach Chile

EDN representatives travelled to Chile to attend the 14th edition of the festival Danzalborde. Additionally, EDN members visited the School of Architecture of the Universidad Técnica Federico Santa Maria. Directors of dancehouses and students shared conversations about the buildings for dance.

José Laginha, director of DeVIR|CAPa, shares his experience of Valparaiso and Santiago de Chile.

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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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