Background

Building on the success of its two previous European Networks projects, the European Dancehouse Network (EDN) will continue to expand the reach and impact of both its network and activities with its new Creative Europe funded project EDNext 2022 - 2024.

Through capacity-building, networking, knowledge & skills exchange, research and advocacy actions, EDNext will contribute to the realisation of a more sustainable and inclusive European dance sector that creates positive impact for contemporary dance professionals and organisations, local communities and audiences, and society more broadly.

EDN’s central mission for 2022-2024 is to discuss, implement and promote sustainable ways of working in and with the contemporary dance sector by facilitating cooperation between European contemporary dance professionals, organisations, other stakeholders and partners. To this end, EDNext facilitates a space for exchange to address current themes and challenges collectively and promote the relevance of contemporary dance in societies.

In particular, EDNext will focus on three specific, interconnected themes: Sustainability (in 2022), Equity (2023) and Well-Being (2024). 

Activities

EDNext will include several different types of activities that we have tried and tested in our previous projects.

Atelier

Atelier is a platform of workshops, trainings and other meetings designed for sector professionals (dancers, choreographers, dramaturgs, curators, dance administrators and leaders, etc.) and cross-sectoral peers to engage a wide range of relevant topics and themes. Ateliers have two strands, one focused on training and increasing competencies and knowledge within the network and sector and one focused on tackling topics through think tanks and colloquiums, inviting expert and public participation. 

Carte Blanche 

Carte Blanche Staff Exchange creates opportunities for EDN members' administrative staff to visit other members and share knowledge, experience and best practices, increasing professional and organisational capacities. Carte Blanche Artists Exchange is an opportunity for artists to exchange their artistic practice and develop new ways of working, sharing views and experiences with working conditions and existing structures in the contemporary dance field. Carte Blanche is part of EDNext’s capacity building strand.

Encounter

Encounter provides opportunities for EDN members to visit and exchange best practices and stimulate creativity with dance professionals and organisations outside the Network, mainly outside Europe. New in EDNext will also be the opportunity to invite partners to come to Europe, creating a two-way flow. Of particular importance here is the network's intention to shift away from a Eurocentric perspective and to embrace a model of collaboration and knowledge sharing that recognises and celebrates the wealth of experience and expertise elsewhere in the world. 

Research

Each year, the project aims to investigate important thematic topics relevant to the sector and disseminate the findings. The research and publication draws from documentation of thematic activities (Ateliers, Forums, working group meetings), data collection methods in creating inventory of good practices and proposes a list of policy recommendations. Selected findings are used for the yearly advocacy campaign that leads towards the end-of-the-year online conference.

EDN Think-in

EDN Think-in is a yearly strategic planning meeting involving all members and dancehouse leaders who actively participate in the steering of the network by taking part in its research and advocacy efforts, sharing and informing on the recent developments locally, nationally and internationally within the sector and beyond.

Campaign

Based on the data collected from the research, the EDN curatorial team chooses the topic for the campaign, raising awareness about a thematically relevant issue. The campaign is launched together with the research publication and builds toward the final annual conference to present the outcomes.

Conference

The yearly closing online event with participants from within and beyond the network and sector, addressing burning issues for the sector as well as for society and culture more broadly and presenting the outcomes of all annual project activities. The conference is particularly focused on reaching and exchanging knowledge and best practices with those outside the network and sector, in particular policy-makers and stakeholders, critical for ensuring the awareness about the sector and its ongoing relevance.

Focus in 2022: Sustainability

The sustainability theme will include activities that promote greater sustainability in the contemporary dance sector in terms of ecological sustainability as well as sustainability for both dance organisations and professionals. The focus on ecological sustainability includes better understanding and minimising the sector's carbon footprint, recognising the opportunity to contribute to the developing and disseminating both new and existing sustainability measures. For contemporary dance organisations (including EDN members), promoting organisational sustainability means boosting the sector’s organisational capacity, visibility, and leverage to influence cultural policy on a local, national, and European level and to raise awareness and secure additional financial support, especially through advocacy. For dance professionals, promoting career sustainability means providing opportunities to create and to develop and deepen professional competences, design sustainable mobility models, fair compensation, and fair working conditions so that dance professionals could enjoy healthy, stable and fulfilling careers.

EDNext Activities in 2022

Working Groups - March & April (with hosting members Derida Dance Center, Duncan Dance Research Center, HELLERAU, CSC Bassano del Grappa)

Hosting members of Ateliers (Derida Dance Center (Bulgaria), Duncan Dance Research Center (Greece), HELLERAU (Germany), CSC Bassano del Grappa (Italy)) are currently involved in online working groups meetings. The aforementioned is a place to discuss approaches, strategies and methods to be used in working with the ateliers’ participants. Working groups meeting are facilitated by the EDN office and EDN members who have hosted the ateliers in the past. 

EDN Encounter in Prague: Support of the Ukrainian Dance Community

EDN and Tanec Praha organise EDN Encounter: Support for the Ukrainian Dance Community. Guest speakers from EDN members and the international organisations will share their experiences supporting the Ukrainian artistic community. Some of EDN members are actively engaged in helping Ukrainian refugees by seeking and providing housing, supporting Ukrainian artists by engaging them in their local and international contexts, and seeking funding opportunities. The event will take place within the Czech Dance Platform, April 24-26, 2022, in Prague, hosted by Tanec Praha. Beside the live audience, the event will be live-streamed for the international audience on April 25, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. (CET, Prague time).

EDN Atelier in Sofia: Breaking the Habits: Rebuilding Sustainability

Together with the participants of the atelier, the organisers will approach the issue of sustainability from an institutional production perspective, asking questions about the material that is produced, how partnerships are formed, or how new technologies place new demands on skills. EDN Atelier in Sofia, co-organised and hosted by Derida Dance Center, will be held in Sofia on May 10-11, 2022, starting the day before the Bulgarian Dance Platform begins.

EDN Atelier in Athens

Together with the Atelier’s participants, the organisers will approach the theme of sustainability from the perspective of artistic practice and inspired by the design of permaculture. EDN Atelier in Athens, co-organised and hosted by Duncan Dance Research Center, will take place on June 1-2, 2022 in Athens.

EDN Think-in in Barcelona

EDN Think-in will take place in Barcelona on June 28-29, 2022, hosted by Mercat de les Flors during the Grec Festival. During the Think-in EDN members will actively contribute to EDNext’s campaign during a Research and Advocacy Meeting. 

EDN Atelier in Dresden

EDN Atelier in Dresden, co organised and hosted by HELLERAU, will take place on July 7-8, 2022 in Dresden, in the context of the “Cool Down” Festival of the Alliance of International Production Houses, dedicated to the environmental and sustainability questions and artistic practices in connection to climate change. Participants will address the need of radical transformation to achieve sustainable behaviour and initiate ecological rethinking.

EDN Carte Blanche Exchange for Artists

Between August 18-21, 2022, CSC Bassano del Grappa will host the Carte Blanche Artist Exchange. The exchange of artistic practices will complement the “Empowering Dance programme” and focus on tracing the soft skills in dealing with unpredictability, flexibility, endurance, adaptations and creativity in the context of climate change. 

Publication & Advocacy Campaign

Each year, the project aims to investigate important thematic topics relevant to the sector and disseminate the findings. The research and publication draws from documentation of thematic activities (Ateliers, Forums, working group meetings), data collection methods in creating inventory of good practices and proposes a list of policy recommendations. Selected findings are used for the yearly advocacy campaign that leads towards the end-of-the-year online conference. The working title and topic of the EDNext 2022 research is “Ecologically sustainable production conditions in contemporary dance: emerging practices and recommendations.” 

Conference

On November 9, 2022 EDN will organise an online conference where the outcomes of the research will be presented, together with the researcher and the invited guest speakers. The conference will be open to the international dance field professionals, policy-makers and decision makers.

Perform Europe's Main Event

June 13, 2022

Perform Europe Impact: for a more sustainable way of touring in Europe

As Perform Europe slowly comes to a close, we are taking a look at what we have learned, how we see the future and what happens next. Event will be live-streamed on Perform Europe's Facebook and YouTube channel.

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Register for EDN Atelier: Meeting Ground

June 1-2, 2022

Atelier held in Athens on June 1-2, 2022 is open to both EDN members and other international participants.

The EDN Atelier will be held in Athens on June 1-12, 2022, co-organised and hosted by Duncan Dance Research Center. The Atelier includes lecture/performances, working sessions, installations, collective activities, discussions and more. Atelier is open to EDN members and others. Registration for EDN members and the international participants is May 18, for local participants May 30.

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EDNext Activities in 2022

April-August

Upcoming activities within EDNext programme in 2022

European Dancehouse Network announces numerous activities for EDN members and dance field professionals (artists, producers, curators, researchers) in 2022. 

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Irish Pilot of Artists Basic Income

EDN member Dance Ireland as a certifying organisation

The Irish Government has launched a new and pioneering pilot scheme to support artists and creative arts workers. The Basic Income for the Arts pilot scheme will examine, over a 3 year period, the impact of a basic income on artists and creative arts workers. The application portal will open at 1pm on Tuesday, April 12, 2022.

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Aerowaves is seeking CEO/Director

March 29, 2022

The closing date for applications is Tuesday, March 29 at 12.00 GMT.

The board of Aerowaves is seeking to appoint an outstanding CEO/Director to lead the network into the next phase of development as Aerowaves Founder John Ashford steps down after twenty-five years.

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EDN Statement on Situation in Ukraine

Official statement from the Board of directors of EDN

On behalf of the EDN's Board of directors, president Laurent Meheust wrote an official statement regarding the situation in Ukraine. 

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European Dance Platforms in 2022

Jan - Dec 2022

What's happening in 2022?

What is happening in 2022 in European dance field? Platforms, festivals and other international events.

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EDNext – European Dancehouse Network Granted European Union Funding for Networks

EDN will continue to expand the reach and impact of both its network and activities

European Dancehouse Network is pleased to announce we have been selected for the European Union funding (Network Strand) with the project EDNext 2022-2024. Find a summary of the objectives and the upcoming activities below. This granted funding would not be made possible without the input of our members and their constructive ideas. 

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EDN endorses policy paper

EU action towards a sustainable and fair situation of artists and cultural professionals

EDN endorses policy paper, co-drafted by IETM and EAEA - European Arts and Entertainment Alliance and endorsed by Circostrada, EFA - the European Festivals Association, TEH - Trans Europe Halles and EDN.

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"Fit for the Future" Series of Research Papers

Four publications commissioned by EDN in 2021

In 2021, European Dancehouse Network commisioned partner organizations and researchers to investigate the key trends and relations between dance and well-being, dance and mobility, digital shifts in the dance field before and post-pandemic time, as well as how dance could contribute to EU’s external relations. All papers are available for download.

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Post-Brexit Mobility

23 June - 20 October 2021

Continuing exchange and cooperation between Europe and the UK - why and how?

EDN organises a series of three webinars on the impacts of Brexit on the mobility flows in the dance field between the UK and Europe. 

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EDN announces Forum ‘Dance and its audience’

12 October 2021

Online Forum co-organized by The Place & Sadler’s Wells

The online forum co-organized by EDN and The Place & Sadler's Wells will invite artists, producers, promoters, and other dance professionals from all over Europe for online discussions. 

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EDN Atelier in Dresden (Germany)

30 Sep -2 Oct 2021

EDN Atelier will take place in Dresden (Germany) between 30 Sep & 2 October 2021

In the frame of the dance festival “Dancing About”, TANZPAKT Dresden, HELLERAU and Villa Wigman will be hosting an EDN Atelier with the topic “Mobility of Artists, Mobility of Ideas”.

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EDN announces new members

30 June 2021

EDN now consists of 47 members from 28 different countries

On Annual General Assembly in June 2021, EDN members have unanimously accepted Lithuanian Dance Information Centre and AREAL | space for choreographic development as new members of our network.

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Perform Europe’s call for international touring and distribution grants is now open

15 June - 7 July 2021

The applications for step 1 are open until 7 July at 23:59 CEST on the Perform Europe Digital Platform.

This call is open to all performing arts producers (organisations, companies, artists, collectives) and presenters (venues, festivals and any type of organisation offering a presenting context) based in all the Creative Europe countries and in the UK. We are particularly trying to reach out to all the professionals who belong / feel like they belong to an underrepresented group within the performing arts landscape.

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EDN Carte Blanche for Communication Teams

May - October 2021

A new informal and recurring online gathering for EDN Communication Teams

One hour online gatherings on Fridays every 3-4 weeks for members of the Communication Departments at EDN members.

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Carte Blanche Staff Exchange 2021

April - September 2021

Carte Blanche in online format

Since 2014, EDN offers the possibility for its members to have a staff placement in another dancehouse. Due to the COVID-19, an online format is introduced. 

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EDN signs the "Reactivate Cultural Life in Europe" letter

Culture must be included in each and every National Recovery and Resilience Plan

In the open letter published by the group of 110+ pan-European networks, coordinated by Culture Action Europe, the European cultural community call on the Member States and the European Commission to secure a future for culture and cultural life in Europe.

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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.

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#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.

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EDN joins Perform Europe

18-month project to design a future support scheme for cross-border touring and digital distribution of the performing arts

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.

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