EDN organized an online conference inviting cultural operators, artists, academics, local and international policy-makers. 

Thursday, 10 December 2020, 14:30 CET, Zoom

A Structured Voice from the Dance Sector

Acknowledging the challenges the European dance sector is facing, EDN invites cultural operators, artists, academics, local and international policy-makers to discuss adaptive measures and emerging issues that will contribute to co-designing a future-oriented approach for the field.

Cross-country collaborations, co-productions and work presentations have shaped the dance sector as highly international. Contemporary dance art-forms and practices, part of our intangible heritage, are being continuously created in dialogues between diverse local contexts and the international dimension.

Throughout the recent years, mobility has been prioritized as a fundamental feature in supporting the sector. Today, new paradigms have to emerge in order to tackle the sector’s need for achieving long-term sustainability.

Building on the latest field developments, 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.

Conference Video

Basic Info

Thursday, 10 December 2020 / Zoom

PART 1: 14:30 CET – 16:25 CET panel: open participation, Zoom link was shared with all the registered participants

PART 2: 16:30 CET – 18:00 CET discussion and outcomes: limited participation, subject to confirmation by the host

The conference was held in English.

The agenda is available on this link.

Conference Program

© Fabio Melotti

Panel 14:30 - 16:25 CET

14:30 CET
Opening statements

  • Welcome – Laurent Meheust (EDN president)
  • Opening Speech – Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker (choreographer, founder of Rosas Dance Company) 

14.45 CET
Session 1 – European Dance Sector: Current Policies and Practices

  • introduction to the European Cultural Policy and Programme – Walter Zampieri (Head of Creative Europe Unit, EACEA) 

The effects of COVID-19 regulations enhanced the structural and endemic fragilities in the contemporary dance ecosystem, forcing the sector into a fast response to paradigmatic shifts.

Dance sector has had to face the following challenges: long closure of choreographic centres and theaters (loss of revenue; loss of audience; maintaining social distancing measures); shifting live arts into digital forms; loss of income for independent artists and organisations; interruption of mobility for artists as well as for cultural operators and audience ; suspension of the value chain (new production and touring). The session will provide an overview of the Dance Sector after COVID 19 drawing on lessons learnt across Europe.

  • 'Lessons learnt: post-corona urgencies for the development of dance in Europe' - Kerstin Evert (K3 | Tanzplan Hamburg)
  • 'All Bad For Something Good' - Yvona Kreuzmannova (Tanec Praha)

Q&A Session 1

15:15 CET

Session 2 – Mobility beyond Circulation: A Shifting Paradigm

The session will begin with a short overview of the binomial ‘mobility – internationalisation’ as developed along the last 20 years; also due to the strong support of European institutions and funding schemes. Internationalization, multiculturalism and constant exchange have been the key features in (re)defining dance infrastructure as well as artistic content. What are the current scenarios? How does the sector readapt to the actual situation? Can the sector reach its sustainability goals while shifting the paradigm of mobility and internationalisation?

  • 'A Transition Exercise for Dance Mobility' - Joris Janssens (researcher – IDEA Consult)
  • 'Take a Breath' - John Ashford (Aerowaves platform)
  • 'Collective Power and Distant Futures' - Virve Sutinen (Big Pulse Dance Alliance) and Emma Gladstone (Dance Umbrella)

Q&A Session 2

15:50 CET
Session 3 – Dance and Political Activism – Towards Wellbeing

What are the emerging practices that can progress the dance sector further? What is the ‘hope’ after the crisis? From the online #DanceAndWellbeing Campaign to the trans-local experiments and practices, ‘well-being’ has emerged as a dance-specific paradigm accompanying us in this transition.

  • 'Practices of Well-Being for Spaces of Change' - Roberto Casarotto (Centro per la Scena Contemporanea Bassano del Grappa) & Monica Gillette (Migrant Bodies Moving Borders)
  • 'Physical: a Distance that Unites' - Euripides Laskaridis (director, performer and founder of Osmosis performing arts company)


16:20 CET
Closing remarks: End of Part 1

© Urška Boljkovac

16:00 CET – 18:00 CET
PART 2: Breakout room discussions
Limited participation

Breakout Room Discussions 16:30 - 18:00 CET

16:30 CET  

ROOM 1 – Emerging Practices in Contemporary Dance:
Focus on Artists’ Needs
(discussion facilitated by Roberto Casarotto and reported by Hana Kolić)

ROOM 2 – Internationalization and Mobility: Ways Forwards
(discussion facilitated by Joris Janssens and reported by Eddie Nixon)

ROOM 3 – Local and International Policies and Perspectives*
(*intended mainly for local, national and international policy makers and EACEA)
(discussion facilitated by Kerstin Evert and reported by Carlotta Scioldo)

17:30 CET
Plenary closing session:
Discussion outcomes, conclusions and recommendations

18:00 CET
Closing remarks: End of Part 2

© Johan Jacobs

Opening Speech

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
(choreographer, founder of Rosas Company)

In 1980, after studying dance at Mudra School in Brussels and Tisch School of the Arts in New York, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker (b. 1960) created Asch, her first choreographic work. Two years later came the premiere of Fase, Four Movements to the Music of Steve Reich. De Keersmaeker established the dance company Rosas in Brussels in 1983, while creating the work Rosas danst Rosas. Since these breakthrough pieces, her choreography has been grounded in a rigorous and prolific exploration of the relationship between dance and music. She has created with Rosas a wide-ranging body of work engaging the musical structures and scores of several periods, from early music to contemporary and popular idioms. Her choreographic practice also draws formal principles from geometry, numerical patterns, the natural world, and social structures to offer a unique perspective on the body’s articulation in space and time. In 1995 De Keersmaeker established the school P.A.R.T.S. (Performing Arts Research and Training Studios) in Brussels in association with De Munt/La Monnaie.


Keynote Speakers 

In order of Appearance

Kerstin Evert
K3 – Zentrum für Choreographie | Tanzplan Hamburg I Germany

Kerstin Evert founded the choreographic center K3 in Hamburg in August 2006, and has been the director of K3 – Zentrum für Choreographie | Tanzplan Hamburg since then. She works as a lecturer at universities in Berlin, Bern, Gieβen, Hamburg, Frankfurt/Main and Salzburg, among other places, and she is member of several juries and advisory boards.


© Vojtěch Brtnický

Yvona Kreuzmannová
Tanec Praha, Czech Republic

Yvona Kreuzmannová has founded Tanec Praha (NGO) since 1991, she is the director of TANEC PRAHA International Dance Festival and PONEC – dance venue. From 2006 to 2008 she worked as an external advisor to the Czech Minister of Culture. In 2004 she was awarded by the French President Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite National for her outstanding contribution to the development of European cultural cooperation.


Joris Janssens
IDEA Consult, Brussels, Belgium

Joris Janssens (IDEA Consult) is an expert with an extensive experience in research and strategic development projects and public policy advise, in Flanders and abroad. His research and projects focus on diverse aspects of thearts ecosystem in Flanders, Brussels and beyond: the international dimension of the arts, the position of artists, local and international cultural policy, arts and urban development and cultural diversity.



© Aadhart Gupta

John Ashford

John Ashford is Director of Aerowaves, the European network for new dance discovery he founded in 1996. The expert network of 46 partners representing dance artists across Europe creates cross-border performance opportunities and enhances connections between dance artists, programmers and audiences across Europe.

John Ashford CBE was previously Director of The Place Theatre and ICA Theatre in London, and founding Theatre Editor of Time Out magazine.



Virve Sutinen
Big Pulse Dance Alliance

Virve Sutinen has been the artistic director of Tanz im August – International Festival Berlin since 2014. She has worked in the arts and cultural sector as a managing director, artistic director, organiser, producer, journalist, and editor-in-chief. Before Tanz im August, she was the artistic director and general manager of Dansens Hus Stockholm, and first performing arts curator and head of Kiasma Theatre, in Kiasma, the Museum of Contemporary Art Helsinki.


© Hugo Glendinning

Emma Gladstone
Dance Umbrella, London, UK

As Artistic Director & Chief Executive of Dance Umbrella Emma Gladstone runs London’s international dance festival.

Previously Emma was Artistic Programmer at Sadler’s Wells 2005-13, and has worked extensively with the British Council, Southbank Centre, The Place and the Rolex Mentor Protégé programme. She is Chair at Siobhan Davies Studios, and a Trustee at Aesop and Dartington Hall Trust.


Roberto Casarotto
Centro per la Scena Contemporanea di Bassano del Grappa, Italy

Since 2006, Roberto Casarotto has been responsible for dance projects and programmes for the Centro per la Scena Contemporanea di Bassano del Grappa (CSC) and Operaestate Festival Veneto. 

Currently involved in several international projects supported by the EU Creative Europe and Erasmus + Programmes, he develops initiatives aimed at supporting artistic research, mobility and artistic development in the field of dance, the engagement of communities and participation of citizens in cultural activities. 



Monica Gillette
Migrant Bodies - Moving Borders

Monica Gillette is a choreographer and dramaturge, with expertise in artist driven networks, participatory projects and transdisciplinary research. She is the project dramaturge for the EU funded projects Empowering Dance, Dancing Museums and Migrant Bodies – Moving Borders. Since the arrival of Covid-19, she has been active in developing several formats for international exchange, shaping and facilitating new collaboration and artistic practices for the digital space. In 2017 she and Yasmeen Godder were awarded the Shimon Peres prize for their artistic leadership of the Störung/Hafra’ah project, which brought together people living with Parkinson’s Disease, professional dancers and scientists to collaboratively research movement.


© Julian Mommert

Euripides Laskaridis

Euripides Laskaridis is a stage director, performing artist and founder of the OSMOSIS performing arts company. The company’s first travelling work, RELIC (2015), has been performed at more than thirty festivals and venues worldwide, including the Lyon Biennale de la Danse, Palais de Tokyo, the Barbican Pit, and the Public Theater in New York. International tour stops of his 2017 work TITANS include Théâtre de la Ville, Festival TransAmériques, Berlin’s Tanz im August, and the Hong Kong Arts Festival. In late 2019, his new international co-production ELENIT premièred at Onassis Stegi in Athens before setting off to tour the world, alongside RELIC and TITANS. In 2016, Euripides was awarded an inaugural Pina Bausch Fellowship.

Other Contributors

(in order of appearance)

Carlotta Scioldo
Cultural policy expert Brussels, Belgium and PhD candidate at Politecnico di Torino, Italy

Laurent Meheust
President of European Dancehouse Network and deputy director of KLAP Maison pour la Danse, Marseille, France

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
Artist, choreographer, founder of Rosas dance company and P.A.R.T.S. - Performing Arts Research and Training Studios, Brussels, Belgium

Walter Zampieri
Head of Creative Europe Unit, EACEA

Hana Kolić
Performing artist and EU training programme coordinator, Brussels, Belgium

Eddie Nixon
Artistic director of The Place, London, UK

Luisella Carnelli
Researcher at Fondazione Fitzcarraldo, Torino, Italy


Registration Process

Registration is closed.

The agenda is available on this link.


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Black British Dance Platform 2023

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3 May 2023

In colloboration between Serendipity Institute for Black Arts and Heritage and FABRIC, the Black British Dance Platform is taking place on 3 May 2023.


Aerowaves Spring Forward 2023

27 - 29 April 2023

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26 April - 14 May 2023

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Czech Dance Platform 2023

30 March - 2 April 2023

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EDN Atelier "Equity in Dance: What Challenges?"

22-23 March 2023

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The Atelier was hosted by the EDN member la briqueterie CDCN du Val-de-Marne as part of the EDNext project.


Pina Bausch Zentrum OPEN CALL

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For seven exciting productions with concepts involving sustainable DanceMusicTheatre performances for young people

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Report on Artistic Freedom in Europe

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Culture Moves Europe: call for mobility of ARTISTS

2nd call for groups and individuals

The Creative Europe's new funding scheme supports the mobility of artists, creators and cultural professionals. The second call for individuals & groups is open with a deadline to apply by 31 May 2023.


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February - May 2023

The European Dancehouse Network presents its activities in 2023.

The European Dancehouse Network continues its EU-funded EDNext 2022-2024 programme with the theme of equity explored through activities co-organised and hosted by EDN members in 2023.


Open call Ice Hot Oslo 2024

8 February - 30 March 2023

Open call for Nordic dance artists and companies, and also artists residing in one of these countries.

Submit your application for Ice Hot 2024 between 8 February and 30 March 2023.


DeVIR/CAPa with 8th Festival "encontros do DeVIR"

23 Jan - 23 Feb 2023

Young audiences edition between 3 November - 3 December 2022, general audience edition between 14 January - 14 February 2023.

The DeVIR Meetings festival has been running since 2012 and is organized by DeVIR/CAPa.


EDN Equity Report 2023

Dr Alexandra Baybutt commissioned to report on EDNext 2023 activities.

Mapping equitable practices in European contemporary dance scene.


Creative Europe Opens Call for Cooperation Projects

17 November 2022 - 23 February 2023

Application deadline is 23 February 2023.

The call will support projects to carry out a broad spectrum of activities and initiatives involving artists and stakeholders active in different cultural and creative sectors.


CultureForHealth Report Available

16 November 2022

The findings of over 300 scientific studies and 500+ projects that show art and culture’s contribution to health and wellbeing.

CultureForHealth project presents review of culture, well-being and health interventions and their evidence, impacts, challenges and policy recommendations for Europe.


Le Gymnase CDCN with Forever Young Festival

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France’s first dance festival for young audiences.

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Commissioned research publication examines the relationship between environmental sustainability and contemporary dance, with a particular focus on the role of dance production centres.

The publication provides the context, references and examples of where and how dance intersects with environmental sustainability, and which set of actions can lead to effective action. Both executive summary and full publication are available for download.


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More than 400 registered participants from 49 different countries worldwide.

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Kondenz is a festival of contemporary dance and performance that has practiced collaborative curation and alternative production models for 15 years. It is also the site for Balkan collaborations through the Nomad Dance Academy network and its (Non)Aligned Movements project. Kondenz supports European dance encounters shaped by networks such as apap - Feminist Futures and Dance On, Pass On, Dream On.


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Atelier for European Doctoral Dance Studies

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EDN's Cyprus member with new projects.

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Recorded Webinars for Professionals

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EDN member The Place introduces free resources for dance professionals

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EDN Think-In and General Assembly in Barcelona is for EDN members only.


EDNext – European Dancehouse Network Granted European Union Funding for Networks

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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. 


"Fit for the Future" Series of Research Papers

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What’s Next in Restructuring the Dance Ecosystem

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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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Korzo theater and Le Gymnase CDCN are new EDN members

11 July 2022

EDN now with 48 members in 27 European countries.

During the General Assembly held in Barcelona at the end of June 2022, Korzo theater (The Netherlands) and Le Gymnase CDCN were unanimously voted in as new members of the European Dancehouse Network.


EDN partners with Trans Europe Halles

The "Rebuilding to Last" project is focusing on the sustainable future of cultural spaces.

In July 2022 Trans Europe Halles launched “Rebuilding to Last'' project together with twelve diverse organisations from across Europe, including European Dancehouse Network as an associate partner.


New Artistic Leader at DansBrabant

2 October 2022

Nienke Rooijakkers will succeed Lisa Reinheimer on 1 November 2022.

EDN member DansBrabant from the Netherlands has a new artistic leader.


Perform Europe's Documentary Published

20 October 2022

The documentary was shot in June 2022 during the Perform Europe’s Impact Event.

With contributions from 19 Perform Europe's partnerships, consortium and jury members, the consortium consisted of IETM - International network for contemporary performing arts, the European Festivals Association (EFA), Circostrada Network, European Dancehouse Network and IDEA Consult created the Perform Europe’s Documentary, which aims to reflect and unravel the impact that taking part in the Perform Europe pilot had on the partnerships and the communities to which they toured, as well as look behind the scenes at the Perform Europe journey and selection process.