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.


EDN joins Perform Europe

Join Perform Europe’s online Opening Event on 28 January at 14:00 CET

Perform Europe supports experiments with more sustainable ways in cross-border physical and digital distribution of the performing arts in the 41 Creative Europe countries with a view to designing future support schemes for the sector.



11-13 December 2020

a three-day online event hosted by Lokomotiva and Oracle Cultural Network

Lokomotiva - Centre for New Initiatives in Arts and Culture (Republic of North Macedonia) in partnership with Oracle Cultural Network organise the 22nd “Oracle - International Congress of Cultural Managers and Cultural Operators”, a three-day online event.


What’s Next in Restructuring the Dance Ecosystem

Dec 10th, 2020

online conference hosted by European Dancehouse Network

Acknowledging the challenges the European dance sector is facing, EDN’s online conference provides insights into adaptive measures across Europe, emerging practices and current needs, envisioning a renewed dance ecosystem after a period of crisis.


Covid-19 impact on EDN members

EDN survey conducted by Fondazione Fitzcarraldo

European Dancehouse Network together with Fondazione Fitzcarraldo present the report with results of "EDN in Times of Covid-19" survey with responses of 38 dance houses from 23 different countries. 


#DanceAndWellBeing Campaign

Nov 2020 - Feb 2021

Raising awareness of the role of dance in wellbeing

EDN campaign raising awareness of the role of dance in wellbeing with weekly online dance classes by EDN members associated artists.



Next meeting: 3 November

A new co-production dance platform in Chile

NAVE launches TACTO, the first digital co-production platform in the field of chilean contemporary dance, where national artists and platforms will be matched with international programmers.


Tanzmesse Online Platform

27 August 2020 | Online

Watch the recording online

Due to Covid-19 containment measures, the Tanzmesse did not take place physically in 2020. But a full online programme was realised, which you can now find on Youtube through this article!


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.


Tanz im August

21–30 August 2020 | Online

Resources from the Special Edition

Tanz im August Special Edition 2020 might be over as a 10-day festival, but most of the programme continues to be available on demand: conference, films, documentaries, talks and new digital works.


Europe beyond Access

Survey deadline: 30 October

Making dance that celebrates difference

The project Europe Beyond Access supports disabled artists to break the glass ceilings of the contemporary theatre & dance sectors. At the lab hosted by Holland Dance Festival, the following question stood central: How can we create dance and performing arts scenes that are more diverse and that support the work of disabled dancers and artists?