At the core of the network
What is a Dance House?
The model of the dancehouse is the cornerstone of EDN. Key component of the contemporary dance infrastructure, a dancehouse has a variety of functions:
The uniqueness of the dancehouse model
EDN recognises the key role that dancehouses play in the local, national and international context for contemporary dance. Dancehouses have four main characteristics:
An eclectic diversity of choreographic voices and languages is the present day reality of the international dance landscape and this diversity is also the best guarantee for audience development.
It tries to incorporate and link together all the parts of the creative chain: education and artist development, production, presentation, audience development.
The development of individual talents, who do not necessarily stay in the same place, is embedded in the development of a lasting landscape.
Resources are used to serve a variety of artists who do not necessarily need to develop a comprehensive infrastructure for themselves.
in 2014-2016, EDN reflected on the process that led to the development of the first dancehouses in Europe (in the 1970's). Furthermore, EDN and its members gathered to discuss the need for more dancehouses and the role they play in the European dance ecosystem.
The following pages provide documentation on these reflections, and give space to more insights, video visits and interviews with dancehouses and their founders.