As the European Dansehouse Network, EDN has a strong presence and activities in Europe. While the network doesn't have members in all European countries, it is active with most of them through cooperation projects, initiatives, platforms and encounters. EDN brings the European contemporary dance field closer through its own activities too by bringing local contexts in conversation.
In 2018, the Atelier Authenticity of expression in the local context organised by Tanec Praha (Czech Republic) aimed to encourage a deeper knowledge of very diverse contemporary dance scenes in Central Europe and closed post-soviet countries, the similarities and differences between them and their potential for international collaboration.
Find out more about this Atelier, as well as the Central and Eastern European participants that were present.
Connections in South-Eastern Europe
EDN is developing connections with various contemporary dance centers in the Balkans.
In 2017, Tanzquartier Wien organised the "EDN Roadshow", an activity in order to discuss positions and developments in contemporary dance, structures, aesthetic strategies and practices of diverse cultural contexts of South-Eastern Europe.
Find out more about the Roadshow.
In 2018, A bus trip was organised through five balkan countries. By taking part in a nomadic bus trip to several locations in Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Macedonia and Bulgaria, EDN members connected with Nomad Dance Academy – Balkan network for contemporary dance and got acquained with the potentials of the region.
Watch a video of the Balkan bus trip.
In 2019, Kino Šiška and the Nomad Dance Academy (Slovenia) organised an international conference in the framework of the Choreographic Convention of Lifelong Burning. The conference focused on an international network of residencies in the field of contemporary performing arts, with special focus on contemporary dance. Purpose of the conference is to build a network of residencies in South-East Europe as a model of institutionalized and decentralized center for contemporary dance.
EDN supported this first convention with the active participation of two board members, Pia Krämer (O Espaço do Tempo) and Paul-Eric Labrosse (La Place de la Danse – CDCN Toulouse Occitanie).
Find out more about Norse conference.
Connections with the Baltic Dance Platform
In 2019, EDN Members were invited to discover the Baltic dance scene at the Baltic Dance Platform that was held as a part of the international contemporary dance festival “New Baltic Dance” (May 2-11). It is a combined platform among 3 countries – Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
Find out more about this encounter.
From partners to members
In 2020, three new members joined EDN: Lokomotiva from Skopje (North Macedonia), Station Service for Contemporary Dance from Belgrad (Republic of Serbia) and Derida Dance Center from Sofia (Bulgaria).
These three members have been involved in past activities of EDN in the region and they are collaborating with many other EDN members.