Since February/March, all the dancehouses in Europe have been closed for public. While many countries start easing the lockdown, there is still a long way to go before we join EDN members in shows and festivals.

While doors might be closed, there is still many activities you can take part in with us - see here below a growing selection of trainings, shows, workshops and more.

First published: 18 May 2020.

Exceptional events and initiatives - do not miss!

Special events & platforms

  • Grand (Re)Union is co-initiated by Art Stations Foundation (Poznan, Poland) and brings together online event and publications. Initially planned as a two-week (live) event, it is now unfolding as a two-year project starting online on June 20, 2020. Check more here.
  • Under the hashtag #NoEtDesballis, Mercat de les Flors proposes a full online programme on its website - open educational resources, context on the shows that are temporally available online, portraits of choreographers... take time to dive into a multiplicity of resources (especially if you understand Castillan/Catalan!)
  • DansBrabant is developing an On-Demand video platform in which you can access Dance Films directly from the artists for 2 days. The money directly goes to the artists to support them in these times. See the films here.
  • Tanzhaus Zurich (Switzerland) is a partner in the Platform You Never Dance Alone, an attempt to create an alternative place to stay connected in both movement and language despite isolation. The internet dance participation project invites you to encounter the state of emergency in a dancing and playful way. Let us know your thoughts - as movement, choreography, spaces, sounds, or otherwise.

Shows that go online only for some days - mark your agendas

Shows & festivals

  • #INTERPLAYDIGITAL – the international dance festival led by Natialia Casorati (Mosaico Danza) – comes back for its 20th edition, with a fresh new digital format created in order to fight the restrictions imposed by COVID-19.
    From May 20th to May 30th, the audience will be accompanied by streaming perfomances, video-reviews and web-meetings; the other half of the festival, which consists in site-specific and urban shows, will be postponed, instead, during the autumn (September-November 2020), being hosted as a part of other exhibitions and choreographic events. This is a news from our member Lavanderia a Vapore (Turin, Italy). See video below for a teaser!
  • The Place (London, UK) started on April 30 "The Place Online", a new online digital programme that showcases a performance every Thursday evening. The performance remains available until the next Monday on the Place's website. All screenings are framed by a short introduction from the artist, and audiences will have the opportunity to donate to support The Place during this difficult time. See more here.
  • Tanec Praha (Prague, Czech Republic) has moved its shows online. See the program here and mark your agenda for the shows you want to see (available on the day of the event only!)
  • Take a Seat at Trafo (Budapest, Hungary) on the last week-end of May: the final edition of smART! XTRA 5.0 // AV Composers bringing together a mix a various disciplines, from audio, visual, dance and more. The content is available 24 hours after the screening's premiere, on May 30th. See more here.
  • With its Digital Stage, Sadler's Wells (London, UK) offers full length performances on its website. Have a look at the offer here.
  • Les 3 C-L (Luxembourg) hosts monthly online dance shows on the 3rd of each month. For this third edition of the 3 DU TROIS ONLINE, TROIS C-L joins the Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg and the Théâtre du Centaure to present an exceptional evening around the TalentLAB. On Wednesday 3 June 2020, (re)discover some of the representations that marked the 2017 and 2019 editions → SWAN by Hannah Ma, 3,14π by Andrea Rama and PARASITE by Frieda Gerson. Note: The videos will be at your disposal for free, for a private viewing only and this is ONLY for the following time: from 03.05.2020 strating at 19:00 until the next day, 04.05.2020 at 19:00. More info here.

Keep active - professional dancers and others!

Trainings & dance classes

  • The CN D has been closed since mid-March 2020. Working on its missions, the CN D offers professional trainings on a daily basis: a 30-min class is available every day at 11h00 (CET) for 24 hours on its website. Check the classes here.
  • Dansateliers (Rotterdam, NL) continues to host its Movement Class with Connor Schumacher. 60-min zoom event on Monday evening (18 May, 25 May, ...), what better to get your week started! Find out more here.
  • Training at Dansehallerne (Denmark) is a programme of training sessions, sharing of practices and workshops directed at professional artists within the fields of dance and choreography. Parts of it have been rescheduled online - see more here.
  • Tanzquartier Wien (Austria) offers workshops and trainings. On its German pages, you can find the offer that moved online.
  • Dance Base (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) has a very large offer of dance classes online. Have a look at the overview here. They also offer professional dance classes.
  • Under the title "Home is where the dance is", DanceEast Jerwood (UK) offer a large programme of dance classes. Have a look here.
  • The Place (London, UK) offers a large selection of dance classes. Make sure to register in advance.

Unique projects that you can take part in

Participative projects

  • Animal Kingdom - what animal is in you? The Animal Kingdom Project is an initiation between Numeridanse (project of Maison de la Danse, supported by the CN D) and Akram Khan Company. Inspired from the Company’s production Outwitting the Devil that centres the human connection to the natural world, this project is an opportunity for you to evoke the wild things that we believe, live in you. Send in your video before September 13!
  • La Maison de la Danse (Lyon, France) organises the Challenge Minecraft where you are invited to recreate the house on Minecraft. Take part until June 14 and take a shot at the prizes (only for residents of France!) See all details in this event page.

Reflect on dance and choreographic practices

Webinars

  • Dance House Lemesos (Cyprus) brings its free webinar series online!The programme «In Contact With» goes online and Dance House Lemesos continues to support the art community by offering a series of free webinars. They take place every wednesday for 2 hours. See more info on Dance House Lemesos facebook page. Booking required!
  • Lectures and symposia of Tanzquartier Wien (Austria) have moved online. The program is dense, join them for artistic theory and conversation. More info and planning here.

Artists' projects - what do they do in lockdown?

Artistic research & artists' projects

  • Throughout the quarantine, Dansmakers Amsterdam (The Netherlands) has hosted research residencies as part of the New Adventures trajectory. Choreographic duos have decided to hold their residencies during lockdown - read more about the project of Sherise Strang, Julia Monschau and Elisa Zuppini here.
  • Artists from Ponec (Prague, Czech Republic) such as Tereza Ondrová and Petra Tejnorová are giving you a sneak peak in their activities. Check it out here.
  • Les 3 C-L (Luxembourg) did an amazing job listing artists' initiatives from Luxembourg on this page. So much inspiration to take from there!
  • Worth mentioning from les 3 C-L too, TROIS C-L has invited the choreographers of the Luxembourg scene to share with you their first moments in dance, their first performance, their first competition… Their very first time! Great video to see here.
  • Hellerau invites you to dive into its programme and the associated artists online. See more here.
  • An ongoing compilation, Tanzhaus nrw offers with #tanzhausstream a peak in its work with artists. Keep an eye on this page.

Close your eyes, open your ears

Podcasts, radios and audio files

  • La Danse par ouï-dire (French only): Composés à partir de près de mille heures d’enregistrements conservés à la Médiathèque du CN D, des 70's à aujourd'hui, ces montages nous transportent de l’espace du studio à l’expérience du plateau, en faisant jouer les sources, les sons, les espaces, d’une parole enregistrée dans un café à une communication publique, d’un entretien d’artiste à une parole pédagogique.
  • ”Hallå där” - a webseries from Dansens Hus Stockholm (Sweden) which offers conversations with people from different parts of our world: choreographers, dancers, administrators, organizers…. in Swedish! Check it out here (and on spotify)

Prefer to take time and read? Here is a good selection

Interviews & publications

  • La Briqueterie (France) invites you to discover the latest issue of Repères, cahier de danse: Anna Halprin, A Century of Dance. Issue 45 is a portrait of an exceptional woman whose innovations in dance are evident throughout her long career. American, born in 1920, Anna Halprin is also a visual artist, a human rights activist and creator of the Planetary Dance. Find the publication in French here.

  • Dansateliers (Rotterdam, The Netherlands) invites you to discover its artists and team members during this crisis. This is a good moment to get to know the diversity of choreographers active in Rotterdam. More here.

  • Tanzquartier Wien (Austria) offers a long list of interviews on its blog, as TQW HOME and From a Distance. Read more here.
  • Dansens Hus (Oslo, Norway) has listed its "Corona interviews" here. These took place in Norwegian and English, with choreographers and dancers.
  • The bi-annual publication of ADC Association pour la Danse Contemporaine (Geneva, Switzerland) released in December 2019 is as relevant as ever. With the topic "Penser l'écologie depuis la danse contemporaine" (Thinking ecology from the perspective of contemporary dance), ADC invites its readers to a reflection on the relevance of dance in society. Read more here (in French only).
  • K3 (Hamburg, Germany) has released its K3 Magazine. K3 Magazine is a platform for practical dance tutorials, choreographic instructions, thematic and artistic contributions and for references to tenders and qualification offers. Find it here.

A variety of educational programmes

For children (but not only)

  • Dansens Hus (Oslo, Norway) compiled a list of 15 activities to do at home "during the holidays", which definitely work during lockdown! Have a look at the list here.
  • Ponec (Czech Republic) brings its performances for young audiences online on Sundays. And adds some good tips to do with children - see here.
  • Do you live in Oslo, Bærum, Moss, Bergen, Trondheim, Kristiansand, Inderøy, Steinkjer or Verdal? Are you turning between 5 and 10 year old? Then Dansens Hus Oslo (Norway) has a special present for you! Discover it here.
  • Dance Clubs for Young People takes place over 4 weeks, and all ages are welcome. Register with Dance Limerick here for the month of May.
  • Dance Limerick (Ireland) offers you the option to start planning for the summer! Register now for the (online) Funky Steps Youth Dance Camp.

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