Guiding principles

Fondazione Piemonte dal Vivo is a Piedmont Region owned body recognized by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism as part of Circuiti Regionali Multidisciplinari (Regional Multidisciplinary Circuits), as an entity responsible for promoting and distributing performing arts, through planning theatrical seasons, festivals, cultural events (including Vignale Monferrato Festival), developing educational projects and attracting audiences. Piemonte dal Vivo organizes more than 600 performances (theatre, dance, music, circus) in 60 different municipalities/ areas in the entire Piedmont and supports artistic creativity of young talents with an eye to innovation and multidisciplinary actions.

Lavanderia a Vapore is a project of Piemonte dal Vivo since 2015, located in a 1870's laundry of the former royal asylum Regio Manicomio, which was converted in 2008 in a dedicated dance venue.


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.

Building and facilities

Situated in Collegno, Turin metropolitan area, Lavanderia a Vapore was built between 1870 al 1875 as the laundry of the former royal asylum Regio Manicomio. It features a fully-equipped performance space (Teatro 12 x 50 m), a foyer used also for meeting and conference before shows (12 x 10 m), dance rehearsal studios (Lavanderia – Room A 12 x 14 m and Room B 12 x 7 m and Stireria – Room A 12 x 7 m, Room B 12 x 14 m), an inner court that can also turn into presentation spaces and offices.

Corso Pastrengo 51
Collegno (Torino)

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!


TDP Hotspots Laboratory

7-10 October 2020

Transnational laboratory without travelling

This Tipperary Dance Platform initiative is an international place for investigation and research, without travelling. A brand new way to work together: ten venues, organisations and festivals across Europe, eight dance studios, nine mentors host eight groups of dancers.


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.