Lavanderia a Vapore in Collegno, managed by the Fondazione Piemonte dal Vivo, is a regional centre dedicated to dance and contemporary creative languages, modelled on European dancehouses. The aim is to become the home of Piedmont’s dance scene and a European dance model by redeveloping the area previously occupied by the laundry of the former royal asylum Regio Manicomio in Collegno, Turin metropolitan area. The site’s revival is part of regional intervention policies aimed at integrating culture, performing arts and community development following the recognition of the new Italian System of Artistic Residencies – through an agreement between MiBACT (Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism) and regional governments. The Lavanderia a Vapore project – launched in 2015 – is the result of an innovative model of systemic networking, goal-sharing and governance between different local entities promoting and programming dance, resulting in the creation of a RTO (Raggruppamento Temporaneo di Organismi / Temporary Association of Bodies) with different partners.
Lavanderia a Vapore focuses on a diversified season exploring different languages and attitudes of the dance world. It hosts a permanent and integrated programme offering great diversity in creative production. The programme is developed in agreement and synergy with project partners whose goal is to attract international artists and provide opportunities and support for local talents.
Lavanderia a Vapore is recognized as an Artistic Residency by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism (Art. 45 “Residencies” of Ministerial Decree of July 1, 2014 on inter-regional project 2015-2018 and 2018-2020). It is a centre focusing on the creative process, the space and time necessary for artists to research, experiment, and interact in a secure environment. The project’s many activities cross an audience engagement and development plan that helps to achieve significant results in occupancy, and a new attitude to the location and the creation of a community that interacts with artists – and in some cases also shares their creative process.