Guiding principles

Tanec Praha has 3 basic missions:

  • To organise high quality contemporary dance festivals (Tanec Praha and Czech Dance Platform) including additional events (seminars, workshops, conferences, site-specifics).
  • To run a year-round dance venue (PONEC) for production of new work in contemporary dance, presenting more than 100 performances per year.
  • To develop international cooperation to help Czech dance artists get into international co-productions, share experience and develop high quality artistic and community work.

Tanec Praha has no ensemble of its own and presents a wide range of productions no matter their size or recognition as long as they fulfil the requirement of artistic quality. It has been developing community work for years, collaborating with primary schools and linking them with professional artists. Since 2004 PONEC theatre runs a weekly Children Studio, which focuses on creative development of children from the age of 4.

Since 2014 Tanec Praha is a partner in the Be SpectACTive! EU large scale cooperation project, which is focused on active spectatorship, involving spectators in creation process as well as the programming under the leadership of the artistic director.


Tanec Praha was founded in 1991 when an independent legal entity Tanec Praha civic association was established thanks to a brand new civil code. The organization took all responsibility for the Tanec Praha Festival and started the idea of shaping the festival towards international level of contemporary dance with an emphasis on artistic quality and diversity. In 1995 Tanec Praha started organizing the Czech Dance Platform, a showcase of Czech contemporary dance for international and national presenters to open new opportunities for Czech dancers.

PONEC, the dancehouse, as a brand new type of space dedicated to contemporary arts first opened to the public after a thorough reconstruction in 2001. As a new platform for presentation of contemporary dance, the theatre filled an important gap on the Prague cultural map.

The theatre’s name refers to František Ponec who ran the famous cinema Poncův Royal Bioskop in the building from 1910. It was a cinema until the 60s and then it finished as a ruin. The roots of this building go back to the 19th century as far as the first owner, Mr. Stabenow, built it as a metallurgic factory in 1888.

Building and facilities

PONEC is a dance venue, which has the stage (12 x 14 m) with professional equipment and technical services. The venue presents more than 100 contemporary dance performances per year including international artists. It is the basic facility for Czech dance artists and their new works (presenting 8-10 premieres every season). PONEC is also the main venue of the Tanec Praha International Festival. Besides professional artists, the dancehouse is regularly opened for children and schools. The capacity is flexible, from 80 to 180 spectators. Tanec Praha/PONEC theatre provides creative residencies and different forms of support to the artistic research including consultancy, mentorship, dramaturgy and arts management issues. During summer (July and August) and winter (end of December and January) PONEC venue provides space to Czech and international artists for creative residencies including technical services. The organisation has a number of local partners with suitable facilities for residencies all year round.

Husitská 899/24a
130 00 Praha 3
Czech Republic

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.


Residency at Dansearena nord

Deadline: 10 February 2020

A dedicated programme for dance and movement

Dansearena nord in Hammerfest, Norway is offering choreographers, dancers and others working with dance and movement the possibility to apply for its Artist in Residence program.


Dancing your way to better health & well-being

November 2019

A new report by the World Health Organisation

This report synthesizes the global evidence from over 900 publications on the role of the arts in improving health and well-being, with a specific focus on the WHO European Region.


Residency at Bora Bora

Deadline: 31 January 2020

Bora Bora Residency Centre launches an open call for artistic ideas with a strong choreographic base, to be researched and/or developed in the season of 2020-21 (August 2020 to June 2021).


Producers' Academy

Deadline: 2 February 2020

Apply for its fifth edition

Featuring workshops, talks, lectures and meeting sessions, the Academy will be organised by CIFAS in the frame of Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels and run 10-13 May 2020.

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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Authenticity of expression in the local context

The aim of this Atelier organised by Tanec Praha was to encourage a deeper knowledge of very diverse contemporary dance scenes in Central Europe and closed post-soviet countries, the similarities and differences between them and their potential for international collaboration

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From The Place to Tanec Praha

Jessica Greer, Project manager at The Place London visits Tanec Praha in the week of Česká Taneční Platform (Czech Dance Platform) and shares her experience.

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Dancing Museums

Dancing Museums is an action-research project designed to foster and sustain long-term collaborations between dance organisations, museums, universities and local communities in order to develop inspiring and long-lasting arts and cultural programmes that people in those communities want to get involved in.

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Shape It

The cooperation project Shape It proposes a new model for developing dance performance for young audiences. It will run from 2019 to 2021, under the leadership of The Place (UK).

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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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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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B.motion 2019

The second edition of the EDN Carte Blanche for artists took place from August 20th to 26th, 2019 hosted by the CSC – Centro per la Scena Contemporanea. Twelve artists from nine Dancehouses attended B.Motion under the guidance of local mentor Eva Zilio.

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Outreach Lebanon

A delegation of six EDN members attended Moultaqa Leymoun, the Arab Dance Platform organised by Maqamat Theatre in Beirut and the Chouf Mountains during BIPOD 2016. The 5th edition of this platform showcased and promoted the work of 20 Arab choreographers from Lebanon, Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, Palestine and Iran.

Arianna Economou, director of Dance Gate Lefkosia, shares her experience of this visit.

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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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