Guiding principles

To put artistic creation at the heart of each action, KLAP fosters opportunities for choreographic research, artistic creation for artists at various stages of their development and by inviting local and international companies to use the space. It supports a diversity of experience and aesthetic styles and encourages public engagement through work-in-progress sharing and education programmes.

History

KLAP Maison pour la danse was built by the City of Marseille in response to an initiative by choreographer Michel Kelemenis. It was founded in 2011.

Building and facilities

KLAP offers 3 studios of varying size and function having the flexibility to cater for a range of uses :

  • The creation space (240 persons) – is a residency space for visiting companies that is equipped with production areas, grills and scenic materials. It offers the technical conditions necessary to complete creations, present public sharings and to host performances.
  • The small studio (40 persons) – is specifically dedicated to continuing education, amateur practice and educational awareness programmes.
  • The large studio (90 persons) – is primarily used for rehearsals of new works and long-term residencies. It can welcome the public for intimate presentations and for works-in-progress, public sharings.
  • The Resource center is a place for learning about local, national and international choreographic events. It provides a station for consulting videos linked to Numéridanse, Maison de la Danse Lyon’s comprehensive digital database and archive of contemporary dance. A documentation area is available to professionals.
Contact
5 avenue Rostand
13003
Marseille
France
www.kelemenis.fr
compagnie@kelemenis.fr

"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.

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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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Encountering the Baltic dance scene

EDN Members were invited to discover the Baltic dance scene at the Baltic Dance Platform that was held as a part of the international contemporary dance festival “New Baltic Dance” (May 2-11). It is a combined platform among 3 countries – Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Annette van Zwoll reports on the first Baltic Dance Platform, and on the connections with EDN.

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Encounter Brazil

EDN’s Encounter Brazil took place from 5th November to 9th November in Sao Paulo during the Festival Contemporaneo de Sao Paulo. Form's director Matti Numminen, one of the 5 EDN members taking part in the visit, shares his impressions.

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Creating proximity

The Atelier organised by KLAP Maison pour la danse in Marseille on January 10-11, 2020 dived into the question of audience engagement from the perspective of local neighbourhoods and social bonds.

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Dance and international cooperation

At the beginning of March 2020 EDN and AND + worked together to implement the path started in Yokohama and to prepare a public talk, as part of the in-depth events open to the public, organized by the Tanzplattform Deutchland in Munich (Germany).

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