New year, new movements, care and wellbeing
photo by Anna Kushnirenko l drawing by Giorgia Lolli
for the 2024 EDN activities programme
Here you can find a list of workshop events, think-tanks & occasions for exchange of practices hosted by EDN members in 2024. Some are open to all contributing to the development of contemporary dance in Europe and beyond, others are for EDN members only.
Open to all
22 February 2024
during Tanzplattform Deutschland in Freiburg, Germany (21-25 February 2024)
What strategies and skills for health and well-being can dance bring to society?
And how can those same strategies and skills inform our own work environment and the measures needed to improve conditions for dance professionals?
As EDN’s activities in 2024 will focus on these themes, we’d like to use this conversation and the exchange as a starting point for our research that will lead up to a publication with recommendations for the field and policy makers.
The discussion will be held in English and moderated by Monica Gillette.
28-29 March 2024
hosted by Le Gymnase CDCN, France
during Festival Le Grand Bain (19 March - 12 April 2024)
How can dance empower people? Artists and experts will be discussing this question during the Atelier that will be hosted during the Festival Le Grand Bain.
Drawing a connection to the European cooperation project Dance Well, including people with movement disorders or neurological diseases, the Atelier will also deal with questions of dance, care and well-being in our working conditions.
10-12 April 2024
hosted by Tanec Praha, Czechia
following the Czech Dance Platform (7-10 April 2024)
The EDN Atelier “Dance & Resilience” in Prague will focus on the Visegrad countries (Czechia, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia) and Ukraine; providing a regional perspective on the topics of career sustainability and the wellbeing of artists, audiences and professionals.
The Atelier will start on the afternoon of 10 April, following the Czech Dance Platform’s final discussion & brunch. During the two following days, the Atelier will propose a series of open discussions and workshops with a presentation of practices from each represented country: Which initiatives have lately been developed to improve the wellbeing of artists in these countries? What are their working conditions really like? How do they go about creating safe and reliable spaces to work on topics that relate to difficult issues?
16-17 May 2024
hosted by Dance Gate Lefkosia, Cyprus in collaboration with Dance House Lefkosia
followed by On Bodies Dance and Performance Festival by Dance House Lefkosia (18-19 May 2024)
During the Atelier we will explore various theoretical and performative discourse on the concept of healing and taking time to process trauma. Together with a series of collaborators and researchers from the fields of art, science, and philosophy, we attempt to explore healing both as a theme and a methodology.
What can art practices borrow from healing processes? How do artists address trauma and healing in their work? How can we heal ourselves, our community, and the land that we live in?
7-10 November 2024
hosted by Dansehallerne Copenhagen, Denmark
How can we, both artists and organisers, create better working conditions for artists with families? How can you, as an artist, organise yourself to allow for both roles?
Addressing the precarious living conditions of being artists and parents at the same time, this Carte Blanche Artist Exchange will be aimed at artists with families and artists interested in this topic. We want to create a sharing and caring space for both parents and children, for you to be with peers in the same or similar situation, allowing you to be professionals, to be with peers and to be parents at the same time.
EDN’s annual online conference is an occasion to connect with colleagues, artists and peers working in the contemporary dance sector in Europe in an engaging programme of participatory movement practices, lectures and conversation sessions. The conference will inlcude a presentation of EDN's research publication on practices of care and wellbeing in contemporary dance.
14-17 February 2024
hosted by Dansens Hus Oslo, Norway
during Ice Hot Nordic Dance (14-18 February 2024)
The EDN Encounter is an opportunity for dance organisations that are not (yet) members of the network to get to know EDN better and vice versa. The Encounter guests will join EDN members, the EDN office team and the many dance professionals at the Ice Hot Nordic Dance Platform, hosted by Dansens Hus Oslo. As part of the programme, EDN will be hosting an Encounter meeting on 15 February 2024 for all Encounter guests to meet and casually exchange with EDN members.
3-4 July 2024
hosted by Korzo The Hague, Netherlands
followed by Julidans Amsterdam
During EDN’s only in-person annual network meeting, member representatives, artists and other guests will come together to exchange, reflect and give input for EDN’s mapping of the sector’s practices of care and wellbeing. The Think-In is a collective exploration that informs EDN’s thematic research. It positions the network’s advocacy work, followed by a communication campaign released later during the year.
Open to EDN members
25 - 26 January 2024
During the two half days, EDN members will gather for an online General Meeting & Webinar to connect with their colleagues, share news, vote on new membership applications, get involved with the upcoming network project, discover the EDNext project’s 2024 programme & opportunities, the Perform Europe open call and more.
January - November 2024
EDN offers its members the opportunity to visit and exchange with other member organisations; for a change of scene, peer-to-peer learning, an informal insight into production and artistic processes, a new know-how and knowledge. EDN members: register before 24 January 2024.
Every first Friday of the month
Our online coffee meetings are an occasion for a casual exchange between EDN members and the office team, taking place on Zoom every first Friday of the month. Join us between 10:00 and 11:00 CET for a chat over your favourite morning drink.
Registrations to all activities will open soon. Make sure you don't miss the deadline to apply and register for EDN's newsletter.
EDN's 2024 programme is brough to you with the support of the European Union's Creative Europe programme as part of the EU-funded project 101053456 EDNext.