36 network members
The General Assembly in Barcelona votes in favor of a new member: Dance Base – National Centre for Dance Edinburgh (UK), the 36th EDN member.
The network celebrates in Olot (Spain) the conference “How to make dance relevant: examples and practices”, the third and last of a series of events around the idea of relevance that included a meeting in Athens in December 2015 and the Atelier “The Relevance of Dance” in Amsterdam in March 2016.
22 European countries
The General Assembly in Athens votes in favor of 5 new members. Sadler’s Wells London (UK) and Dampfzentrale Bern (CH) are now full members. The new affiliated members are Kino Šiška Center for Urban Culture Ljubljana (SI), Dansateliers Rotterdam (NL) and Trafó-House of Contemporary Arts (HU). EDN is now an association of 35 members from 22 European countries.
Walter Heun, director of Tanzquartier Wien (AT), is elected as President.
The General Assembly in Vienna agrees to change the statutes of the association. The Individual Membership status is eliminated and two new positions are approved: the Honorary Members and the EDN Ambassadors.
STUK Leuven (BE), Tanec Praha (CZ), Hrvatski institut za pokret i ples/Zagreb Dance Centre (HR) and Dance City Newcastle (UK) are welcomed as new members. EDN has now 30 dancehouse members.
Karene Lyngholm and Bertram Müller, former EDN presidents, accept to be Honorary Members.
WORKING FOR THE FUTURE
Coinciding with the General Assembly in Barcelona, the members participate in working groups to develop the future contents of the network’s activities.
EDN ACHIEVES THE SUPPORT OF CREATIVE EUROPE
EDN becomes an EU funded project. The network starts working to become a reference of contemporary dance networking in Europe.
ONE STEP FORWARD
The General Assembly meets in Faro and decides to ask all affiliated members to become full members and engage in reflection on new criteria and plans for the future of the network.
The General Assembly agrees for the network to focus on the sustainability and relevance of dance as a new vision in the coming years.
O Espaço do tempo Montemor-o-Novo (PT), Dansmakers Amsterdam (NL) and Tanssin taly ry. Helsinki (FI) join EDN as affiliated members. Bertram Müller (former president and former director of Tanzhaus NRW Düsseldorf), Virve Sutinen (former director of Dansens Hus Stockholm) and Marc Vlemmix (former director of Danshuis Station Zuid Tilburg) become individual members. EDN is now an association of 30 members.
Francesc Casadesús, director of the Mercat de les Flors Barcelona (ES) is appointed as the new president.
Communicating Dance gets underway led by CSC Bassano del Grappa (IT). Funded by the Leonardo Da Vinci Lifelong Learning Programme, the project supports young choreographers and journalists as future leaders.
A LEADERSHIP PROJECT
Dance Ireland Dublin (IE) leads Léim, an innovative project funded by the EU Culture Programme with the participation of 10 young professionals to undertake collective, professional leadership development.
The European Video Dance Heritage project starts, led by Maison de la Danse Lyon (FR). On the context of the digital revolution, this initiative funded by the EU Culture Programme seeks to encourage and support cooperation to improve the visibility and circulation of filmed dance: common European culture heritage.
VISIT TO TILBURG
The directors visit Tilburg in the framework of the third modul-dance conference. Unfortunately, the local authorities decided to change the project for Tilburg’s use for dance and Danshuis Station Zuid resign from the network.
DANCE DIALOGUES AFRICA
The project Dance Dialogues Africa starts with the vision of embarking on long-term cooperative relationships between several dance centres in Africa and Germany.
K3 – Zentrum für Choreographie | Tanzplan Hamburg Kampnagel (DE) joins EDN as affiliated member and is the 25th member of the network.
KLAP Maison pour la Danse Marseille (FR), Dance House Lemesos (CY) and DanceEast-Jerwood DanceHouse Ipswich (UK) join as affiliated members.
A MAJOR INCREASE
The modul-dance project starts with the participation of 20 European dancehouses from 16 countries. Its aim is to support development, mobility and exchange for dance artists across Europe and to extend cooperation with institutions beyond the network. It is one of the biggest projects funded by the EU Culture Programme.
Modul-dance represents the next step for EDN as it centres on the fundamental basis of the network’s aims.
CSC Bassano del Grappa (IT) and Tanzhaus Zürich (CH) join EDN as affiliated members and Karene Lynhgolm, former director of Dansens Hus Oslo (NO), founding member of the association and former chair, joins as an individual member. EDN now has 21 members.
THE NETWORK EXTENDS
CND Paris (FR) becomes a legally incorporated member. The association now has 18 members.
The Chin-A-moves project ends having created a successful model for the development of strong relationships across diverse cultural and political contexts with activities extending beyond the official timeframe of the project.
The network adopts the legal framework of an association with 16 members in Barcelona on 25 May 2009.
The founding members are ADC Geneva (CH), Art Stations Foundation Poznań (PL), CDC Toulouse (FR), Dansehallerne Copenhagen (DK), Danshuis Station Zuid Tilburg (NL), Dansens Hus Oslo (NO), Dansens Hus Stockholm (SE), DDRC Athens (GR), DeVIR/CAPa Faro (PT), HELLERAU-Europäisches Zentrum der Künste Dresden (DE), Maison de la Danse Lyon (FR), Mercat de les Flors Barcelona (ES), Tanzhaus NRW Düsseldorf (DE), Tanzquartier Wien (AT) and The Place London (UK). Dance Gate Lefkosia Cyprus (CY) joins as affiliated member and Mary Brady, former director of IDC Cork (IE) – one of the founding members, joins as individual member.
Karene Lyngholm resigns as chair of the EDN association and Bertram Müller, director of Tanzhaus NRW Düsseldorf (DE), is appointed as president of EDN.
The IDEE project ends. It served as a real test for the network resulting in a highly successful experience of cooperation among dancehouses.
The network develops step-by-step, members learn how to cooperate among themselves and beyond the association. The first example is the Chin-A-moves project, which is launched under the leadership of Tanzhaus NRW Düsseldorf (DE) to nurture connections between young independent artists from both Europe and China.
OSLO HAS A NEW DANCEHOUSE
Dansenshus Oslo, which since its establishment in 2004 has been working on a new dancehouse project, opens a new building.
The beginning of IDEE, a 3-year project led by Tanzquartier Wien (AT), which sets out to work with emerging choreographers to help them make connections across Europe and to contextualise their work for international audiences.
FIRST STEPS: SHARING & COOPERATING
Directors from 7 dancehouses meet to discuss ways of cooperating as a group to promote the mobility of dance artists in Europe, to increase audiences and to support the strong development of dance art using the resources that each institution has to offer. An informal network with was created with articles of association.
The dancehouses cooperating with this first step were CDN Paris (FR), Dansens Hus Oslo (NO), Dansens Hus Stockholm (SE), Institute for Choreography and Dance-ICD Cork (IE), Tanzhaus NRW Düsseldorf (DE), Tanzquartier Wien (AT) and The Place London (UK).
Karene Lyngholm, director of Dansens Hus Oslo (NO), is appointed chair of the EDN association.