Guiding principles

Espaço do Tempo is a performing arts cross disciplinary organisation. It strongly believes in new forms of theatre language as well as contemporary dance, as being at the center of some of the most interesting and innovative experiences on stage today. Therefore, supporting emerging artists is a key part of its mission, mainly in 4 different directions:

  • Inviting projects in residence at our venue and assisting their productions.
  • Organising advance training projects where artists share visions, methods and skills, through platforms that are cross disciplinary, cross cultural and cross generational.
  • Helping promote artists and their work, by organising local events and open rehearsals, as well as international gatherings such as the Portuguese Platform for Performing Arts.
  • Developing and consolidating new audiences for contemporary dance, new theatre and performance art, by programming regularly in its venues.

Learn more in the video below about O Espaço do Tempo's work with residency programming:

History

Until 2018, O Espaço do Tempo was based in the Convento da Saudação, an ancient Dominican monastery dating from the 16th century, on the top of a hill, in the beautiful town of Montemor-o-Novo, in Portugal (100 km from Lisbon).

Building and facilities

Facilities include 5 large rehearsal studios equipped with grid, light, sound, video and internet. In addition to very generous social areas, such as offices and a beautiful central cloister, it offers 14 double rooms and a small, but fully equipped, black-box theatre located in town.

Due to a heavy storm that broke the roof of the convent, the activities of O Espaço do Tempo have been relocated throughout the city of Montemor-o-Novo.

Contact
Convento da Saudação
7050-164
Montemor-o-Novo
Portugal
www.oespacodotempo.pt
info@oespacodotempo.pt

EDNext – European Dancehouse Network Granted European Union Funding for Networks

EDN will continue to expand the reach and impact of both its network and activities

European Dancehouse Network is pleased to announce we have been selected for the European Union funding (Network Strand) with the project EDNext 2022-2024. Find a summary of the objectives and the upcoming activities below. This granted funding would not be made possible without the input of our members and their constructive ideas. 

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Soft Skills in Dance Digital Guidebook

23 August 2022

Resource for professionals developed within the the project Empowering Dance - The Soft Skills Teaching and Learning Approach

Digital guidebook "Soft Skills in Dance" supports dance practitioners in reflecting on their own practice, with regard to soft skills. The guidebook was developed by seven European partners and their teams, including EDN members CSC - Centro per la Scena Contemporanea (Bassano del Grappa, Italy), Dansateliers (Rotterdam, Netherlands), HIPP - Croatian Institute for Movement and Dance (Zagreb, Croatia), K3 | Tanzplan Hamburg / Kampnagel (Germany) and La Briqueterie CDCN of Val-de-Marne (Vitry-sur-Seine, France).

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EDN partners with Trans Europe Halles

The "Rebuilding to Last" project is focusing on the sustainable future of cultural spaces.

In July 2022 Trans Europe Halles launched “Rebuilding to Last'' project together with twelve diverse organisations from across Europe, including European Dancehouse Network as an associate partner.

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Reports from EDN Activities

Read, listen and watch reports from EDN activities in 2022.

Commissioned researchers and experts reported in great detail on EDN activities. Here you can find all reports of seven EDN activities in 2022.

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Culture Moves Europe

Mobility for artists and professionals

Culture Moves Europe is a scheme that supports the mobility of artists, creators and cultural professionals. The first call for artists and cultural professionals will be published in October.

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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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Communication Strategies

In the Atelier that took place at O Espaço do Tempo, participants developed writing and editing skills, found help to organize research and got an update to the latest development in social and multimedia. One of the participants offers a personal approach to the “Communication Strategies” Atelier.

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Dance Connect

Dance Connect (2015) aimed to facilitate the mobility of Indian emerging choreographers within European institutions including residency and presentation formats.

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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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Encounter Balkans

By taking part in a nomadic bus trip to several locations in Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Macedonia and Bulgaria, EDN members connected with Nomad Dance Academy – Balkan network for contemporary dance and got acquained with the potentials of the region.

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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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Building a dancehouse

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.

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