A practice-led exploration of deepening connections and relationships with audiences of dance & museums

In Dancing Museums – The Democracy of Beings, individuals and arts organisations share, improve, develop and transfer skills and knowledge needed to broaden and deepen connections and relationships with audiences. 

The practice-led research group, composed of artists, dance organisations (such as EDN members La Briqueterie, Mercat de les Flors, CSC Bassano del Grappa, Tanec Praha and Dansateliers, joined by Dance4 UK), museums and universities from seven countries, looks at how the presence of dance can offer new ways of experiencing art and heritage and help audiences and visitors engage both intellectually and viscerally with artworks. The knowledge and experience generated throughout the project will empower the organisations and artists involved with the skills needed to implement meaningful audience development projects beyond the duration of the project. 

Mixing residencies, workshops, seminars, conferences and online events and reflections (change due to the Covid-19 pandemic altering the initial plans), Dancing Museums shares its exploration through a very well documented platform.

We share here below the material produced during the residency & workshop at La Briqueterie CDCN Val-de-Marne & MAC VAL in November 2019.

Find all Dancing Museums documentation here. For more anecdotal views on the project, take a look at the Journal (pictures and audio!).

Workshop #2: Amid the current global earthquake, how can we touch the ground?

November 2019 - Investigation in the topic of "inclusion": who decides what and whom to include?

The earth shakes, structures that seemed rigid open to movement, some by conviction, and others by inevitability. Within this context, here we are about to dance in the museum. In 2019, what does this mean? What deep movements and brave reflections does this space deserve? How can we deeply inhabit our own place while establishing generous dialogues with life and its desires?

Workshop #2 gathered all the artists and partners of Dancing Museums in Vitry-sur-Seine, in the outskirts of Paris. The week questioned the notion of inclusion. What and who are excluded? Who decides what and whom to include?

Find the introduction to this event here.

Two video documents were produced at the occasion of this workshop. The first part focuses on the participatory activities developed during the week at La Briqueterie and at the MAC VAL Museum - watch it here.

The second Part of the documentary captures the second workshop of Dancing Museums in Vitry-sur-Seine, France. It shows the propositions that artists shared with the public at the MAC VAL Museum on the 1st December 2019. Watch it here.


Screendance production residency

Deadline: 28 July 2020

Submission call for its 2021 edition!

In order to support the vitality of screendance production, La Briqueterie CDCN du Val-de-Marne and its partners have launched the new submission call for their Screendance Production Residency that supports the creation of a short film.


Residency at K3 Hamburg

Deadline: 12 August 2020

K3 | Tanzplan Hamburg provides three eight-month residencies per season to choreographers - the call for proposal for the season 2021/2022 is now open.


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!


International Dance Day

29 April 2020

A message by Gregory Vuyani Maqoma

2020 is a year with even more challenges for the performing arts community all over the world. Because of the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus, the General Secretariat Team of ITI initiated that all the members and friends celebrate International Dance Day 2020 - online.


Rescue the arts

Plea to national governments

In the face of the crisis, together with IETM, Circostrada, ETC and In Situ, we call on the national governments to take measures to safeguard the long-term viability of the cultural sector.


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.