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.


TDP Hotspots Laboratory

7-10 October 2020

Transnational laboratory without travelling

This Tipperary Dance Platform initiative is an international place for investigation and research, without travelling. A brand new way to work together: ten venues, organisations and festivals across Europe, eight dance studios, nine mentors host eight groups of dancers.


IETM Multi-location

1-2 October 2020

Online & Onsite meetings

In place of a large plenary, IETM gathers members and non-members online and on-site in more than twenty locations around the world - including some EDN members


Job opportunity at Dance City

Deadline: 30 September 2020

Maternity cover in Newcastle upon Tyne (UK)

Dance City is looking for a manager for its National Dance Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) programme.


Curating in Context

Resources from the International Summer School

Over the course of the summer, EDN member Lokomotiva (North Macedonia) conducted the first edition of its International Summer School. We highly recommend diving in the resources made available online by Lokomotiva to reflect on contemporary practices of performing arts in relation to activism, social movements and self-organization.


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.