Dance Base – National Centre for Dance Edinburgh (UK)

EDN membership

Full member

Year of foundation

1994

Artistic Director

Morag Deyes MBE

Guiding principles

Dance Base is on a mission to get more people dancing. The organisation exists to encourage and celebrate the potential for dance in everyone.

As Scotland’s National Centre for Dance, it offers a vibrant and uplifting focal point for dance as an art form, a way to exercise, and a way of life. It reaches out to inspire wellbeing and creativity, and cultivate a future for dance in local, national and international communities.

Dance Base operates 3 artistic programmes:

  • A public class programme providing over 100 classes in over 40 different forms of dance throughout the year.
  • A professional support programme, supporting and promoting professional dancers through classes, workshops and performance opportunities, including a Fringe Festival platform, continued professional development and management resources.
  • An inclusive participation programme working with individuals and groups with a wide range of interests and abilities. We take dance to nurseries, primary and secondary schools, youth groups and adult day centres. We also bring groups to our beautiful studios at Grassmarket for classes and to watch professional company rehearsals.

Over 2.500 people a week currently experience the physical and emotional benefits of dance at Dance Base.

Building description

Located in the Grassmarket in Edinburgh, the centre caters for dancers of all ages and abilities, providing an accessible programme of activities that offers a diverse public a non-competitive, sociable and enjoyable way to keep physically fit and develop new creative skills. Our 4 world-class studios provide dancers with excellent facilities and an inspiring environment in which to dance.

Each of our 4 studios has a unique connection to the beautiful city outside. Studio 1 is our biggest space, renowned for its glass roof, looking up to Edinburgh Castle. Studio 1 converts to a black box theatre with a full rig, automated blackout system and retractable seating bank. This theatre space is used for regular showcases and hosts dozens of home-grown and international performances every August, as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Studio 2 and Studio 4 both have unique views of Edinburgh’s Old Town and are used as residency spaces for professional dance companies and artists to develop work and share their progress with the public.

Studio 3 is a contemplative temple space, which opens out onto the secret Dance Base garden. Studio 3 also converts into a bespoke theatre space for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

History

Dance Base has been active as an independent company promoting and delivering dance activity in the city of Edinburgh since 1994. The company undertook a major development with the move into new, purpose-built premises in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town in June 2001. Scotland’s first purpose-built National Centre for Dance was officially opened by our Royal Patron, The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay KT, KG on 21st September 2001. A month later our Artistic Patron, the internationally renowned choreographer Mark Morris, celebrated with Dance Base by creating and dedicating a new work performed by his company at the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh.

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14 – 16 Grassmarket
Edinburgh
EH1 2JU
United Kingdom
Tel: 0131 225 5525
dance@dancebase.co.uk

Dampfzentrale Bern (CH)

EDN membership

Full member

Year of foundation

1987

Artistic director

Anneli Binder (Dance & Performance)

Guiding Principles

Dampfzentrale Bern is a cultural meeting place offering everyone the opportunity to experience a sensual encounter with innovative forms of dance, performance, music and club culture. With its old industrail atmosphere, the Dampfzentrale complex on the Aare River offers a cultural experience well beyond the ordinary.

Dampfzentrale Bern stands for contemporary art in the Bern region. It is an active location for productions and presentations by the regional, national and international independent art scene and provides the space that is a prerequisite for realizing artistic creativity.

Building description

The Dampfzentrale complex is located in Bern on the Aare river and used as a cultural meeting place and a restaurant. The entrance area leads you to the foyer with bar and a small podest. It is the heart of the building and connected to the other two rooms. The Turbinensaal with his big stage (225 m²) is suitable for dancing performances and offers seats for around 400 people. The Kesselhaus is the multifunctional room and his 280 m² can be used in many different ways. Furthermore it has a rehearsal room and 2 apartments for the artists.

History

The Verein Dampfzentrale was created in 1986 with the goal of promoting the Dampfzentrale Bern as a cultural venue. In the mid-1980s, only a modest range of events was on offer in Bern, and there was a shortage of performance venues for the independent dance and theatre scene. After a one night occupation in May, the local council authorized in October 1987 a pilot plan for operations at the Kulturhallen Dampfzentrale and commissioned an architecture firm with the renovation and repurposing of the protected industrial monument. Soon afterward, contemporary culture became a permanent fixture at the Dampfzentrale Bern.

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Marzilistrasse, 47
3005 Bern
Switzerland
Tel: +41 (0) 31 310 05 40
info@dampfzentrale.ch

Sadler’s Wells London (UK)

EDN membership

Full member

Year of foundation

1683

Artistic director

Alistair Spalding (CBE)

Guiding Principles

Sadler’s Wells is a world-leading dancehouse, presenting a year-round programme of dance of every kind to audiences of over 500.000 in London each year. It also commissions and produces original work and tours it to arts venues in the UK and overseas to annual audiences of over 120.000. Since 2005, it has helped to bring over 100 new dance works to the stage. Sadler’s Wells supports 16 Associate Artists, 3 Resident Companies, 1 Associate Company and 2 International Associate Companies. It also nurtures the next generation of talent through its New Wave Associates.

Its goal is to grow the public’s enjoyment and understanding of dance by making dance relevant, meaningful and enriching. At the same time it seeks to develop the art form by supporting artists and the creation of exciting new work.

Building description

The main theatre in Islington opened in 1998, after a major fundraising programme, supported by Lottery funding. Sadler’s Wells presents large-scale work by national and international companies in this 1.500-seat theatre.

The Lilian Baylis Studio, part of the Rosebery Avenue site, seats 180 and presents a programme of small-scale, studio work by established artists, experimental, conceptual work, high quality productions for young audiences and work by young artists and emerging choreographers.

The Peacock Theatre in Holborn is the West End home where popular dance styles from cultures around the globe are presented, including tango, salsa, samba, flamenco and hip hop as well as related forms such as circus and physical theatre.

History

Sadler’s Wells was not born of an artistic impulse but the discovery of a mineral spring in 1683. Richard Sadler built a music house around the spring to rival the fashionable Tunbridge and Epsom wells. Visitors to Sadler’s Wells could see entertainments that included jugglers, tumblers, ropedancers, ballad singers, wrestlers, fighters, dancing dogs and even a singing duck. In 1765 Thomas Rosman had the theatre rebuilt to mount high-calibre opera productions. However the theatre sank into the doldrums and closed its doors in 1915. In 1925, Lilian Baylis began fundraising to rebuild Sadler’s Wells so that the people of north London could enjoy the same opportunities as those in the south. With the help of Ninette de Valois, she dedicated Sadler’s Wells to opera and ballet. Ian Albery took over as chief executive in 1994 and led a 2-year rebuild campaign. The theatre reopened in October 1998 with a design that still incorporates the skeleton of Frank Matcham’s 1931 theatre, which in turn contained bricks from the Victorian playhouse. However, the theatre once again struggled to find its voice and its audience. Alistair Spalding took up the challenge in 2004 and increased the number of Associate Artists. Today Sadler’s Wells not only promotes but also commissions and produces outstanding dance.

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Rosebery Avenue
london EC1R 4TN
UK
Tel: 02078638198
reception@sadlerswells.com

Kino Šiška Centre for Urban Culture Ljubljana (SI)

EDN membership

Affiliated member

Year of foundation

2008

Artistic director

Mitja Bravhar (Head of Performing Arts Programme)

Guiding Principles

The programme of Kino Šiška related to performing arts represents a diverse range of contemporary theatre and dance creativity as well as premieres of international and domestic productions and co-productions. The main focus is placed on festival events: the successful coproducing CoFestival created as part of the first European dance project and the Austrian-Slovenian focus on contemporary performing arts – At.Šiška!.

International dance CoFestival was created in 2012 as an answer to the challenging conditions of contemporary dance art production in Slovenia. By combining 3 autonomous festivals – modul-dance (Kino Šiška EU dance project), Ukrep (Festival of dance Perspectives) and Plesnavica (experimentation festival format) – we joined our artistic and production forces considering and creating the possible frames for long-term collaborations, friendships and commitments. From years 2013-2015 (the motto of the festival was The Art of Co-Living), we continued with only 2 producers – Kino Šiška and Nomad Dance Academy Slovenia – and with the ideas and showcases of finding the connection points, establishing of the common space, mutual support and the rise of new questions and reflect on how to proceed with the CoFestival in 2016.

Building description

Kino Šiška has 2 theatre halls: Katedrala and Komuna.

Katedrala has the capacity of 440 settings. It is suitable for presentations, researches and productions. The stage and theater are both suitable and flexible for different performances and stage technical designs. Komuna is a studio with a capacity of 120 settings. It is mostly used for researches, rehearsals, productions and smaller presentations.

The upper foyer is suitable for workshops and lecture performances.

As a venue with high-tech facilities, we offer not only theater and dance productions, but also to represent dance movies, also 3D films.

History

In 1961, Ljubljanski kinematografi (Ljubljana Cinematographic Company) was appointed by the city of Ljubljana to manage the Kino Šiška cinema, where films were being screened from 1964 to the end of 1980s. The cinema was then closed down due to a decrease in the number of visitors, and the venue was being rented for various events and lectures. In 1994 the cinema was launched again.

After multiplex cinema opened in Ljubljana in 2001, the story of Kino Šiška was again brought to an end. Between 2002 and 2007, art projects were being made in Kino Šiška, dance and theatre workshops took place there. The deadlock was broken in 2006 when the new mayor of Ljubljana, Zoran Janković, forwarded the project into the phase of implementation, the project having the position of a priority in his programme. After major reconstruction and renovation Kino Šiška (now as Centre for Urban Culture) was opened in August 2009.

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Trg prekomorshkih brigad 3
1000 Ljubljana
Slovenia
Tel: +386 1 500 3000
info@kinosiska.si

Trafó- House of Contemporary Arts Budapest (HU)

EDN membership

Affiliated member

Year of foundation

1998

Artistic director

  Josef Nadj

Guiding principles

Trafó – House of Contemporary Arts in Budapest is an open-minded venue in Hungary, and is also a cornerstone of the international contemporary arts scene, showcasing various genres – theatre, dance, new circus, music and other visual arts – in a unique and authentic manner. Trafó is a forum dedicated to social issues, and a platform for establishing values and contexts as well as generating new ideas and productions.

Its 3 key missions are: showcasing various genres in a unique and authentic manner, providing a space for the presentation of work by both domestic Hungarian and international artists and being a dedicated space for establishing values.

Building description

The transformer station at Lilom Street has been built in 1909. It has the industrial characteristic of Art Noveau creations. The building that has been more than 40 years abandoned was occupied in 1991 by the French Resonance Group, which opened the house to the alternative audience. Performances, concerts and performances followed each other one summer and then worked for a while as the house contained. The Municipality of Budapest bought the building from remaining money of the not settled Expo and the iconic Andrássy út Young Artists’ Club (FMK), converted to a successor of the present age appropiate, multi-functional, well equipped, contemporary art center.

Trafó – House of Contemporary Arts opened its doors in 1998 during the Budapest Autumn Festival with an Yvette Bozsik’s piece. The successful fusion between original Art Noveau architecture and the renovation gives the building its unique identity and ambience. The space available has been specifically designed for performers with changing needs. It is a comfortable, fully renovated building with dance studios and a stage for all night performances, multimedia shows and music events. The main hall is fit for medium size productions providing very intimate and close connection on a high raking grandstand witht he public up to 300 seats.

History

Trafó – House of Contemporary Arts was founded in 1998. Based on the wording of the founders of Trafó, “an institution, a building, a square, a medium, an intellectual adventure, risk, possibility”, it is a cornerstore of the international contemporary arts scene.

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1094 Budapest
Liliom utca 41
Hungary
Tel: +36 1 456 2040
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Dansateliers Rotterdam (NL)

EDN membership

Affiliated member

Year of foundation

1993

Artistic director

Kristin de Groot

Guiding principles

Dansateliers is a dancehouse for development in the city of Rotterdam. The house facilitates and coaches (emerging) choreographers and guides them – over a longer period of time – towards a self-standing practice within the performing arts field. Dansateliers supports in all phases of the process, from research to creation, from production to presentation and promotion, always tailor-made. Works and artists are promoted in their network of partners and theatre programmers.

Dialogue, transparency, collaboration and shared responsibility are key to how the organisation operates, in order to create trust, a sense of ownership and home. These values resonate in how they work with artists, in how projects and trajectories are designed and when searching for the right connections and partners. The encounter with the audience and moments of exchange and feedback are essential for the artists’ development and understanding of their work.

It is their primary purpose to produce and promote new generations of dance artists, ensuring an on going nurturing of the national and international contemporary dance field.

Building description

Dansateliers is located in an early 20th century school building in the city centre, within walking distance from the central station. There are 3 studios; one studio sized 7 x 17 m and 2 studios sized 9 x 18 m. One of the studios is fully technically equipped and can be transformed into a white box for presentation, with a capacity for 50 audience members. A classroom serves as a cosy public space where people gather and meet and various offices are in use for the organisation and the artists.

History

Dansateliers was founded in 1993 to answer to the need for experimentation in dance at that moment in time. It has developed its working methods and strategies over the course of its existence, taking on the challenge of – and adjusting to – a changing field and world. An open dialogue with the artists has always played an essential role.

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‘s-Gravendijkwal 58B
3014 EE Rotterdam
The Netherlands
Tel: +31 10 4369937
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Tanec Praha (CZ)

EDN membership

Full member

Year of foundation

1991

Artistic directors

Yvona Kreuzmannová and Markéta Perroud

Guiding principles

Tanec Praha has 3 basic missions:

  • to organise high quality contemporary dance festivals (Tanec Praha and Czech Dance Platform) including additional events (seminars, workshops, conferences, site-specifics).
  • to run a year-round dance venue (PONEC) for production of new work in contemporary dance, presenting more than 100 performances per year.
  • to develop international cooperation to help Czech dance artists get into international co-productions, share experience and develop high quality artistic and community work.

Tanec Praha has no ensemble of its own and presents a wide range of productions no matter their size or recognition as long as they fulfil the requirement of artistic quality. It has been developing community work for years, collaborating with primary schools and linking them with professional artists. Since 2004 PONEC theatre runs a weekly Children Studio, which focuses on creative development of children from the age of 4.

Since 2014 Tanec Praha is a partner in the Be SpectACTive! EU large scale cooperation project, which is focused on active spectatorship, involving spectators in creation process as well as the programming under the leadership of the artistic director.

Building description

PONEC is a dance venue, which has the stage (12 x 14 m) with professional equipment and technical services. The venue presents more than 100 contemporary dance performances per year including international artists. It is the basic facility for Czech dance artists and their new works (presenting 8-10 premieres every season). PONEC is also the main venue of the Tanec Praha International Festival. Besides professional artists, the dancehouse is regularly opened for children and schools. The capacity is flexible, from 80 to 180 spectators. Tanec Praha/PONEC theatre provides creative residencies and different forms of support to the artistic research including consultancy, mentorship, dramaturgy and arts management issues. During summer (July and August) and winter (end of December and January) PONEC venue provides space to Czech and international artists for creative residencies including technical services. The organisation has a number of local partners with suitable facilities for residencies all year round.

History

Tanec Praha was founded in 1991 when an independent legal entity Tanec Praha civic association was established thanks to a brand new civil code. The organization took all responsibility for the Tanec Praha Festival and started the idea of shaping the festival towards international level of contemporary dance with an emphasis on artistic quality and diversity. In 1995 Tanec Praha started organizing the Czech Dance Platform, a showcase of Czech contemporary dance for international and national presenters to open new opportunities for Czech dancers.

PONEC, the dancehouse, as a brand new type of space dedicated to contemporary arts first opened to the public after a thorough reconstruction in 2001. As a new platform for presentation of contemporary dance, the theatre filled an important gap on the Prague cultural map.

The theatre’s name refers to František Ponec who ran the famous cinema Poncův Royal Bioskop in the building from 1910. It was a cinema until the 60s and then it finished as a ruin. The roots of this building go back to the 19th century as far as the first owner, Mr. Stabenow, built it as a metallurgic factory in 1888.

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www.tanecpraha.cz and www.divadloponec.cz
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Husitská 899/24a
130 00 Praha 3
Czech Republic
Tel: +420 224 817 886
office@tanecpraha.eu

STUK Kunstencentrum Leuven (BE)

EDN membership

Full member

Year of foundation

1977

Artistic director

Steven Vandervelden

Programmer dance

Charlotte Vandevyver

Guiding principles

STUK has a strong tradition in presenting contemporary dance. It was a key player of the so-called Flemish Wave in the 80s and got international acclaim with the festival Klapstuk. Over the last 10 years, STUK presented more multidisciplinary and hybrid work, but kept a strong focus on dance.

Since 2015, STUK is a house for dance, image and sound. The main task is to follow the national and international art production by means of creation, presentation, reflection and audience development. The presentation of artistic work in an inspiring context is key: in this house artists develop and create new work, people take part in courses and workshops and we reflect upon art and the world together with our audience. STUK looks for a delicate balance between canon, innovation and contextual framework that can appeal to dance experts as well as broader young audiences. STUK builds an arts centre of the future by linking art with education, science, youth work, training and more. STUK takes care for artists and audience, brings them together and look for an active relation between them. That way, STUK wants to be a motor for the arts field.

Building description

Since January 2002, STUK is housed in the Arenberg Building, renovated by architect Willem Jan Neutelings. STUK is a house with many rooms: inviting, visible and wanting to be discovered. The Arenberg site is a group of neogothic buildings on a slope between the Naamsestraat and the Schapenstraat. The new building meets the high demands of both STUK and the university, which co-inhabits the building. Behind the façade of the old part on the Naamsestraat is a design that meets the arts centre’s demands in a daringly playful yet functional way. The building makes a clear link with the surrounding town by ways of wide views of the city, rooms overlooking the patio, and a public passage that literally intersects the complex.

The new building contains: a reception area, STUKcafe, a movie theatre, the Enseblezaal used for rehearsals of the university’s music ensembles, a medium-sized theatre and dancing hall with a fixed tribune for 221 people (Soetezaal), a convertible concert hall and blackbox (Labozaal), a dance studio with removable tribune, an exhibition space, a workshop and meeting room, 2 basic rehearsal studios and a room with 5 soundproof wooden boxes and darkrooms (Paviljoenenzaal).

History

STUK grew from the K.U. Leuven’s student movement at the end of the 1970s, and has become one of the biggest and most important arts centres in Flanders. Some important benchmarks:

  • In 1983, the KLAPSTUKfestival was devoted to contemporary dance. It marks the start of over 20 years of prominent and (internationally) appreciated festivals.
  • In 1986, STUK (then named ‘t Stuc) was one of 5 receptive production centres that first received an allowance from the Flemish government.
  • In 1993, STUK and KLAPSTUK received structural grants for the first time.
  • In 2001 Stuc and KLAPSTUK merged into one big, new structure:  STUK.
  • Since January 2002, STUK is housed in the Arenberg Building, renovated by architect Willem Jan Neutelings.
  • In 2015, STUK became a House for Dance, Image & Sound.

Meanwhile, the program is altered radically, whereby STUK gives room to a larger artistic field and recruits a broader audience. STUK presents and produces a wide range of disciplines: dance, image and sound, including visual arts and media art, films, performances, etc. Festivals like Artefact (multimedia) and Playground (exploring the zone betweeen visual arts and performance) captivate new tendencies in the arts.

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Naamsestraat, 96
3000 Leuven
Belgium
Tel: +32 (0) 16 320 300
info@stuk.be

Dance City Newcastle (UK)

EDN membership

Full member

Year of foundation

1991

Artistic director

Anthony Baker

Guiding principles

Dance City exists to support and drive the development of dance. They work with dance makers and choreographers to support their practice through commissioning residencies, talks, workshops, exchanges et al. They work with the regional community, including delivering 65 classes each week in a variety of dance styles at the dancehouse, they also work in schools and with various groups within the community to support healthy and fulfilling lives. They work intensively in the formal education sector, delivering BTEC, BA and MA qualifications with over 200 students in the building daily.

Building description

Dance City has a purpose build Dance House in the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne. It has 5 studios with range in size, which are fully sprung, heated and with high quality lighting and sound systems. The theatre stage is 15 x 12 m in size and it has seating for 254 people. Dance City has an office space and also hire out 6 purpose built offices to dance and theatre companies. It has a café and a large social atrium space for people to meet and gather.

History

Dance City was formed officially in 1991. Originally it operated from a converted warehouse but in 2006, as part of the cultural development of Newcastle and Gateshead it moved into its new purpose built premises. Dance City has supported a large number of artists over the years, commissioning many pieces of new work to be made; leading on 3 major international dance festivals in the city, delivering British Dance Edition twice (and again in 2020). It has always been at the heart of the community, regularly attracting over 40.000 attendances at the dance classes each year and has lead on the development of formal dance education in the region. It is the biggest dancehouse in the north of England and is responsible for dance development in the whole of the North East region, which hosts over 2,5 million people.

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Temple Street
Newcastle Upon Tyne
UK
NE1 4BR
Tel: + 44 191 2610505
info@dancecity.co.uk

Hrvastki institut za pokret i ples / Zagreb Dance Centre (HR)

EDN membership

Full member

Year of foundation

1992

Artistic director

Mirna Zagar

Guiding principles

Hrvatski institut za pokret i ples (Croatian Institute for Movement and Dance) is dedicated to the promotion of contemporary dance and its role in society today and with the notion that dance is an art form that can be enjoyed and of benefit for all. It does so through supporting the professional dance community through a range of iniciatives such as programs for profesional development and residencies, presentation series, Festival and also by engaging the public through outreach activity and ensuring inclusivity.

Building description

Zagrebački plesni centar (Zagreb Dance Centre) comprises of a 3 studios  of which one is a black box theatre seating 145, a gallery which offers space for meetings, exhibitions, including a small studio ideal for research as well as film/video screenings, lectures. Ancillary spaces include washrooms, storate, a bar area, 2 offices. A roof top terrace, a garden and a generous courtyard make the overall space conducive for outside performances as well.

History

Croatian Institute for Movement and Dance was formed to provide the umbrella organization for projects crucial to the development of the independent dance scene in Croatia, ranging from support to independent dance artists to international festival of contemporary dance. In the Insititute proposed to the City of Zagreb, the development of a choreographic, dance centre on the location of abandoned cinema. The city redeveloped the site and the Zagreb Dance Centre was opened in 2009, operated by Croatian Institute for Movement and Dance a non-profit organization.

More information

www.plesnicentar.info
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Biankinijeva 5
10000 Zagreb
Croatia
WC1H 9PY
Tel: +385 1 4621 967
hipp-tsp@zg.t-com.hr

The Isadora & Raymond Duncan Dance Research Center (GR)

EDN membership

Full member

Year of foundation

1980

President BD

Giorgos Arvanitis

Artistic director

Pénélope Iliaskou

Guiding principles

Melding dance practice with theory and research, DDRC Athens provides space for inspiration, experimentation and creativity to artists of the Greek and international dance community. Promoting new physical and verbal dialogues, exploring the choreographic, philosophical, scientific, technological and educational strands of dance, accompanies and provides coaching, practical support and services to emerging choreographers, while they are seeking and articulating their own choreographic voice.

DDRC is:

  • an international residency center for individual artists or dance companies elaborating experimental and research projects.
  • a platform for the presentation of small-scale works (indoor and outdoor venue).
  • a field of exploration and technical as well as artistic development in dance for kids and amateurs.
  • a forum for the exchange of critical discourse and ideas among artists, the public and members of the local community.
  • a point of reference and source of inspiration for all the dance community and researchers of the Isadora & Raymond Duncan legacy.
  • an environmental frame for installations, site-specific works and other interdisciplinary projects.

Building description

DDRC Athens is operating with 2 studios and 2 meeting rooms. It hosts afternoon classes for kids and amateurs, workshops for professional dancers, research projects and residencies (lack of accommodation rooms), informal showings, lectures and reflection platforms. The outer space and the architectural specifications of the house provide an appropriate frame for cross disciplinary projects, installations, site specific works and community dance productions. The audience capacity reaches the 100-120 people. During the summer months, performances can be hosted in the 2 open theatres (600 and 2.500 capacity) of the City of Byronas.

Duncan Center collaborates with local dance companies and other cultural institutions such as with Kalamata Dance International Festival, Stegi, Athens and Epidaurus Festival, etc.

History

DDRC is housed in a unique building of historic value and architectural interest, designed and built in 1903 by Isadora Duncan’s brother Raymond Duncan.
 The building, designed according to the specifications of the ancient Mycenaean mansion, is one of the very few venues worldwide that have been created specifically for dance and that, a hundred years later, are still serving this purpose. It is the realization of the Duncans’ utopian vision of a space where dance is in a constant, fluid relationship with day-to-day life. This first House of Dance is the foundation of today’s Duncan Center.

In 1980, the Municipality of Vyronas responding to the call of international organizations, and honoring Isadora Duncan’s work and legacy, undertook the renovation of the building. The relevant work was completed in 1992. It has been characterized by the Ministry of Culture as a Modern Monument.

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Video presentation of the project and the building

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www.duncandancecenter.org

Chrisafis 34 and Dikearchou street
16232 Vyronas – Athens
Greece
Tel: + 30 210 7621234
info@duncandancecenter.org

The Place London (UK)

EDN membership

Full member

Year of foundation

1969

Artistic director & Artist Development

Eddie Nixon

Guiding principles

For over 45 years, The Place has explored the possibilities of what dance can do. It seeks to engage with audiences and participants, champion the best ideas and create inspiring conditions for artists and enthusiasts to realise their potential. The Place combines London Contemporary Dance School, Richard Alston Dance Company and a 285 seat theatre, together with pioneering learning, outreach, recreation and professional development projects.

Building description

The Place has 11 state-of-the-art dance studios, a studio theatre and a cafe (open 6 days a week) and is situated in the heart of central London, between Kings Cross / St Pancras and Euston stations.

History

The Place has been a focal point of dance creativity in Britain, contributing to the development of cutting edge contemporary work, particularly new choreography, since it was founded in 1969.

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Video presentation of the project

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17 Duke’s Road
London
UK
WC1H 9PY
Tel: +44 (0)20 7121 1000
info@theplace.org.uk

Tanzquartier Wien (AT)

EDN membership

Full member

Year of foundation

2001

Artistic director

Walter Heun

Guiding Principles

TQW is dedicated to promoting contemporary dance and performance and related theoretical discourses and viewpoints. It receives, initiates, nurtures and protects artistic processes and shares in their risk. An integral component of programme design and development is the theoretical knowledge of dance and performance, which the TQW has played a decisive role in extending since its foundation.

The location of the TQW at the centre of the Vienna Museumsquartier supports the interdisciplinary nature of the programme, the tracing of contemporary developments and pioneering trends in dance creation and the dialogic proximity with other arts disciplines.

Building description

TQW has 3 rehearsal and training studios, 2 of which are equipped for performances (100 seats).  There are 2 performance venues: Halle E – approx. 870 seats and Halle G – approx. 310 seats.

The library offers specialist literature on: dance science, dance training, performance theory, dance and performance history, theatre, philosophy, body and aesthetics. It is complemented by a media library and since 2015 an online Mediathek the core of which is the archive of Tanzquartier Wien with  video recordings of the artistic and discursive works that have taken place at the dancehouse (performances, lectures, research-workshops, etc.) since its foundation in 2001.

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Video presentation of the building

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www.tqw.at
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Museumsplatz 1
A-1070 Vienna
Austria
Tel: +43 1 581 35 91
tanzquartier@tqw.at

 

Tanzhaus Zürich (CH)

EDN membership

Full member

Year of foundation

1996

Artistic director

Catja Loepfe

Guiding principles

Tanzhaus Zürich is a contemporary dance centre and production house that caters for the needs of professional contemporary dancers and dance companies offering a wide range of services. The Tanzhaus is constantly evolving, consistently daring to explore new perspectives by offering a variety of experiences and possibilities. It combines the possibilities of a well-equipped production site with the potential of a multi-functional and innovative performance space. It is a research center, production centre, a training centre, a performance venue, a centre of information and a meeting point – a centre of expertise for dance.

Building description

Tanzhaus Zürich currently offers studios of varying size, of which the jewel in the crown is the main stage – a dance space of 400 m². A brand new building should be build until latest 2018.

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Wasserwerkstrasse 129
CH – 8037 Zürich
Switzerland
Tel: +41 (0) 44 350 26 10
info@tanzhaus-zuerich.ch

Tanzhaus NRW Düsseldorf (DE)

EDN membership

Full member

Year of foundation

1998

Artistic director

Bettina Masuch

Guiding principles

Tanzhaus NRW is at the same time a performance venue with around 200 changing annual events on 2 stages, as well as a production centre for professional artists and an academy with an average of 350 courses and workshops per week and a centre for dance with and for children and youths, the Young Tanzhaus.

Since the season 2014/15, when Bettina Masuch became artistic director of the Tanzhaus NRW, 3 Factory Artists are working in the house: Alexandra Waierstall, Jan Martens and Sebastian Matthias.

Another artistic focal points are the festivals so called Dance Days. These festivals create among other a tangible fusion of cultural and aesthetic forms of expression in the training studio as well as on stage.

Together with a large number of partners engaged in the cultural sector, Tanzhaus NRW is doing since more than 10 years also pioneer work to familiarize children, youths and young adults with dance art by allowing the young spectator or dancer to experience dance either in the classroom or on stage. Today the whole range of activities including the youth company B2B is called Young Tanzhaus.

Building description

Since 1998 the Tanzhaus NRW is situated into a former tram depot on a 4.000 m² surface. In 2000, architect Jochen Boskamp and Tanzhaus NRW were given the award for “exemplary buildings in North Rhine Westphalia”. Tanzhaus NRW has 2 stages with 320 seats in the big stage and a smaller 90-seat, plus 8 training studios and rehearsal rooms used for production development and advanced training of professional dancers and choreographers.

History

Tanzhaus NRW evolved from Die Werkstatt, which in the middle of the 1970s began to give a continuously growing mixed-age audience an understanding of contemporary dance in its aesthetic and cultural diversity. Tanzhaus NRW has succeeded in joining under one roof different areas of dance that usually occupy different spaces and structures: it is at the same time theatre and school of dance, production site for free choreographers from North Rhine Westphalia and Europe and internationally respected lively role model for promoting dance at all levels.

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Erkrather Str. 30
D-40233 Düsseldorf
Germany
Tel: +49 (0) 211  17 270-0
info@tanzhaus-nrw.de

Tanssin talo/Dance House Helsinki (FI)

EDN membership

Full member

Year of foundation

2010

Managing Director

Hanna-Mari Peltomäki

Guiding principles

Tanssin talo ry, is a Helsinki-based organisation whose mission is to enhance the availability and diversity of high quality dance art and cultural offerings in the metropolitan area, and throughout Finland as well as internationally. Towards this end the group is working to create a building dedicated solely to dance and performing arts, “The Dance House”.

The association is currently engaged in developing services for professionals, including a rehearsal space information bank, in cooperation with the capital’s dance schools, alongside which it offers mentoring services, touring opportunities and producing events in cooperation with other industry partners and major cultural establishments.

Building description

The project to secure new premises is in progress, with the renovation of existing rehearsal and performance spaces, and will culminate in the addition of a new bespoke building. Cable Factory, located in Ruoholahti, Helsinki, offers the ideal base for the organisation to continue to foster and sustain dance art in Finland.

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Kaapelitehdas
Tallberginkatu 1 B / 122
00180 Helsinki
Finland
Tel: + 358 44 5131069
info@tanssintalo.fi

 

O Espaço do Tempo Montemor-o-Novo (PT)

EDN membership

Full member

Artistic director

Rui Horta

Guiding principles

Espaço do Tempo is a performing arts cross disciplinary organisation. It strongly believes in new forms of theatre language as well as contemporary dance, as being at the center of some of the most interesting and innovative experiences on stage today. Therefore, supporting emerging artists is a key part of its mission, mainly in 3 different directions:

  • Inviting projects in residence at our venue and assisting their productions.
  • Organising advance training projects where artists share visions, methods and skills, through platforms that are cross disciplinary, cross cultural and cross generational.
  • Helping promote artists and their work, by organising local events and open rehearsals, as well as international gatherings such as the Portuguese Platform for Performing Arts.
  • Developing and consolidating new audiences for contemporary dance, new theatre and performance art, by programming regularly in its venues.

Building description

O Espaço do Tempo is based in the Convento da Saudação, an ancient Dominican monastery dating from the 16th century, on the top of a hill, in the beautiful town of Montemor-o-Novo, in Portugal (100 km from Lisbon). Facilities include 5 large rehearsal studios equipped with grid, light, sound, video and internet. In addition to very generous social areas, such as offices and a beautiful central cloister, it offers 14 double rooms and a small, but fully equipped, black-box theatre located in town.

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Convento da Saudação
7050-164 Montemor-o-Novo
Portugal
Tel: +351 266 899 856 / 7
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Mercat de les Flors Barcelona (ES)

EDN membership

Full member

Year of foundation

1985

Artistic director

Àngels Margarit

Guiding principles

The Mercat de les Flors is both a driving force and hub for the promotion of movement arts. It plays a key role to ensure the establishment of first-rate companies and audiences for dance and similar arts. To achieve this, the dancehouse joins forces with other key players and Catalan, Spanish and international institutions, both in public and private spheres, in the fields of contemporary thought and culture.

It can be defined by its values: a conscious innovator and transverse co-operator, vocationally international, rigorously sustainable, socially committed and organisationally flexible.

The Mercat also manages El Graner, a centre for creation and study of the body and movement language in the city of Barcelona. It is framed within the Art Factories program of the City Council and its main areas of work are creation, internationalization, thought, education and proximity. El Graner hosts dance artist residences, develops artistic cooperation projects with other cultural agents and promotes the integration of the center within its neighborhood.

Building description

The Mercat boasts 4 spaces with uninterrupted programming. The Sala Maria Aurèlia Capmany (MAC) is the main auditorium. Thanks to its flexible layout it can host many different types of shows. The maximum seating capacity is 436. Located on the first floor, the Sala Sebastià Gasch (SG), with capacity for 80 people, mainly hosts small-scale performances. The Sala Ovidi Montllor (OM), built in 2000 inside the premises of the Institut del Teatre, is shared with this school. Its seats 320 and has an Italian-style layout. Opened in Januany 2011 as a tribute to the celebrated choreographer, the Sala Pina Bausch (PB) is a multipurpose auditorium covering 240 m² and acts as a rehearsal room and also hosts small-scale activities. The great dome, 12 m in diameter, which covers the Mercat entrance hall, is the work of the Majorcan artist Miquel Barceló.

El Graner’s premises have a surface of 1,000 m², with 4 rooms for rehearsal, creation and performance, divided into a 240 m² set, 2 rehearsal rooms of 100 m² and a 42 m² individual research room. There are also several meeting spaces and common areas, residence rooms, and a kitchen.

History

The history of the Mercat de les Flors as a municipal theatre goes back to 1983, when the then Councillor for Culture, Maria Aurèlia Capmany, and the mayor of Barcelona at that time, Pasqual Maragall, instigated the creation of this city performance space with the renovation of the Palace of Agriculture, built for the 1929 International Expo on the mountain of Montjuïc. After the premiere of the play The Tragedy of Carmen, by Peter Brook, the Mercat launched a programme of national and international shows and artists. In the old warehouse of the Palace of Agriculture, Brook had found an ideal performance space for his play and managed to transmit his enthusiasm to the city’s cultural authorities. This space and the rest of the Mercat de les Flors was remodelled and opened as a municipal theatre in 1985 with the premiere of Mahabarata, once again with Peter Brook directing. The theatre, even in its beginnings, aimed to set an example in all types of creative expression: theatre, dance, music, performances and media art.

The Mercat de les Flors is part of the amenities that make up the so-called Ciutat del Teatre (City of Theatre), which consists of 3 theatre venues in the surroundings of the Plaça Margarita Xirgu:  the Mercat itself, Teatre Lliure and Institut del Teatre.

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Lleida, 59
08004 Barcelona
Spain
Tel: +34 93 256 26 00
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Jane Addams, 14-16
08038 Barcelona
Spain
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Maison de la Danse Lyon (FR)

EDN membership

Full member

Year of foundation

1980

Artistic director

Dominique Hervieu

Guiding principles

For 34 years now, Maison de la Danse has been pursuing the same artistic policy: to embrace dance in all its forms and techniques, to invite both major choreographers and young creators, to blend creation and repertoire, to foster the interest of young people and to defend aesthetic diversity.

Maison de la Danse has inaugurated an international video library of dance online: numeridanse.tv. Its aim is to create the first digital audio-visual database for the dance world. It indexes as extracts, or as complete works, choreographic adaptations/dramas, documentaries and educational resources. These data are available to the general public, dance and/or video professionals and to the world of education through specific tools for presentation and consultation which respect the artistic quality of the works as well as the broadcast rights and access to content.

Building description

Maison de la Danse has a stage and 1.100 seat auditorium worthy of its ambition and capacity. Maison de la Danse is able to offer a studio at a company’s disposal for rehearsals or residencies. This studio seats up to 100  and can be used for more intimate presentations.

History

In June 1980 France’s first Maison de la Danse was inaugurated in Lyon. It was the result of a gamble taken in 1977 by five local choreographers (Claude Decaillot, Michel Hallet Eghayan, Lucien Mars, Hugo Verrechia et Marie Zighera), who united to defend dance and to find a place dedicated to this art form. The City of Lyon granted an old theatre in the district of Croix-Rousse. The artistic direction was entrusted to Guy Darmet. The success of the first season exceeded the most optimistic forecasts. The importance of a space for dance had been demonstrated. The City of Lyon and the General Council of Rhône, along with the Ministry of Culture, the Region Rhône-Alpes and some other partners  supported the initiative. The interest from the public, professionals, and from other institutions and the media were testimony to  the originality of Maison de la Danse cause. The project resonated at national and international level.

Today still, Maison de la Danse is a unique place for dance in Europe. In 1984, Guy Darmet initiated the first edition of the Lyon Dance Biennale. The festival grew quickly to become one of the most important dance festivals in the world. So far, the Lyon Dance Biennale happens every 2 years, during the 3 final weeks of September.

A significant moment in the development of Maison de la Danse was moving from the theatre in Croix-Rousse to another theatre in the 8th district in 1992 – further proof of the City of Lyon and the Ministry of Culture’s continued support.

The ongoing development of Maison de la Danse, with the construction of a new theater in the district of Confluence, Lyon is the most ambitious. It will for completion in 2018.

In July 2011, Dominique Hervieu was nominated to become the new director of Maison de la Danse and the new artistic director of the Lyon Dance Biennale.

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8 avenue Jean Mermoz
69008 Lyon
France
Tel: +33 (0) 4 72 78 18 18
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KLAP Maison pour la danse Marseille (FR)

EDN membership

Full member

Year of foundation

2011

Artistic director

Michel Kelemenis

Guiding principles

To put artistic creation at the art of each action, KLAP fosters opportunities for choreographic research, artistic creation for artists at various stages of their development and by inviting local and international companies to avail of the space. It supports a diversity of experience and aesthetique styles and encourages public engagement through work-in-progress sharings and education programmes.

Building description

KLAP offers 3 studios of varying size and function having the flexibility to cater for a range of uses :

  • The creation space (240 persons) – is a residency space for visiting companies that is equipped with production areas, grills and scenic materials. It offers the technical conditions necessary to complete creations, present public sharings and to host performances.
  • The small studio (40 persons) – is specifically dedicated to continuing education, amateur practice and educational awareness programmes.
  • The large studio (90 persons) – is primarily used for rehearsals of new works and long-term residencies. It can welcome the public for intimate presentations and for works-in-progress, public sharings.

The Resource center is a place for learning about local, national and international choreographic events. It provides a station for consulting videos linked to Numéridanse, Maison de la Danse Lyon’s comprehensive digital database and archive of contemporary dance. A documentation area is available to professionals.

History

KLAP Maison pour la danse was built by the City of Marseille in response to an initiative by choreographer Michel Kelemenis.

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5 avenue Rostand
F 13003 Marseille
France
Tel: +33 (0) 4 96 11 11 20

K3 – Zentrum für Choreographie | Tanzplan Hamburg Kampnagel (DE)

EDN membership

Full member

Year of foundation

2006/07

Artistic director

Kerstin Evert

Guiding principles

K3 – Centre for Choreography | Tanzplan Hamburg is a comprehensive centre for expertise in the field of contemporary dance, choreography, artistic research and dance outreach. A major objective at K3 is developing and offering various forms of residencies and artistic formats for working that combine artistic research, production and presentation. 
A key focus is on projects located at the crossroads of artistic practice – i.e. dance, choreography and performance – and discourse, both on the theory of dance and on broader social issues. Promoting and supporting young choreographers and dance professionals in the early stages of their career is a main priority.

In addition to providing information and advice, the centre offers dance makers and other professionals in the field regular courses and professional training, workshops as well as further learning formats.

 The outreach and education programmes aim towards fostering appreciation of dance in people of all ages. In addition, it creates platforms for transdisciplinary exchange with other arts and fields of knowledge essential in order to strengthen the standing and the position of contemporary dance and choreography in our society.

Building description

3 dance studios, as well as adjacent studio stage P1, where K3 presents up to 40 performance night per season form the basis of K3 – Centre for Choreography.

History

K3 was established in 2006/2007 as part of Tanzplan Deutschland – an initiative of the Federal Cultural Foundation that ran from 2006 to 2010. In the summer of 2007, the K3 exhibition hall at Kampnagel was renovated. K3 is an artistically independent institution operating within the organisational structure of Kampnagel. It has been funded by the City of Hamburg since 2011. 
As a place for artistic exchange and networking, K3 has played a major part since its establishment in developing a dynamic and strong dance community in Hamburg.

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Jarrestraße 20
22303 Hamburg
Germany
Tel: +49 (0) 40 / 27 09 49 – 45
tanzplan@kampnagel.de

 

HELLERAU – Europäisches Zentrum der Kunste Dresden (DE)

EDN membership

Full member

Year of foundation

2004

Artistic director

Dieter Jaenicke

Guiding principles

HELLERAU -European Centre for the Arts, is a place where people experiment with art, test out art, present art. In all these enterprises, contemporary dance has top priority.  HELLERAU is a lively interdisciplinary arts centre: one that is provocative, radical, global, European and situated at the geopolitical point where East meets West.

A working environment for the arts, a site for intercultural and interdisciplinary exchange; a place where the arts develop, are created and displayed, but also a place for reflection, contemplation and looking ahead.

History

Hellerau Festival Theatre, built in 1911 as a school of Rhythmics, is today the location of HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts, Dresden. Following an eventful history – in the 1930s it served as a military camp; later the Soviet army used it as its barracks between 1945 and 1991.  In the 1990s, the people of Hellerau and Dresden reclaimed the grounds of the Festival Theatre with art projects and forms of cultural occupation, turning it into a place for the cultural Modern Age.

HELLERAU has since become one of the most important interdisciplinary centres for contemporary arts in Germany. It is home to contemporary dance, musical theatre, contemporary classical music, theatre, performance art, the fine arts and new media, as well as a place for reflection on art and culture. 
The internationally renowned Forsythe Company has been the company in residence here since 2005. Since April 2009 performances have again been held at the Festival Theatre all year round.

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Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 56
01109 Dresden
Germany
Tel: +49 351 88 93 884

 

DeVIR/CAPa Centro de Artes Performativas do Algarve Faro (PT)

EDN membership

Full member

Year of foundation

1994

Artistic director

José Laginha

Guiding principles

Located in the centre of Faro, it develops an independent creators’ support artist residency programme, national and international, emergent proposals that invest preferably in experimenting and mixing languages. The programme is open to anyone interested, through annual applications.

Because CAPa is integrated in national and international interchange and cooperation networks between kindred structures, it has been able to co-produce works and maintain a diverse and regular programming. This way, CAPa has affirmed itself as an alternative to other venues in the region, helping promotion and gathering new public for the Performing Arts in the south of the country.

In partnership with a group of municipalities and schools in the region, CAPa develops the SUB 12 & SUB 18 project, directed at the infant-juvenile public, encompassing training courses and shows of different areas of the Performing Arts, involving students and teachers in different school levels, bringing them closer to artistic languages that complement their curricular training.

In the ambit of public sensitizing, this centre establishes partnerships and cooperation protocols with higher education institutions in the region, promotes workshops, open rehearsals and informal talks between creators and the public.

Building description

CAPa grants work spaces (black-box, studio 12 x 12, studio 9 x 9) and technical and logistic support (15 beds, kitchen, laundry, office, meeting room) for the development of independent creators’ projects. It features a documentation centre, with a video collection specialised in dance comprised of about 1500 video records collected through the material gathering policy that has served as a basis for the programming conception of the a sul International Contemporary Dance Festival since 1994.

History

DeVIR is a cultural activities association which started working in 1994 with the launch of an international contemporary dance festival, a sul. In 2001 it opened CAPa, Centro de Artes Performativas do Algarve.

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Rua Frei Lourenço de Santa Maria nº 4 e 6
8000-352 Faro
Portugal
Tel: +351 289 828784
devir-capa@devir-capa.com

Dansmakers Amsterdam (NL)

EDN membership

Full member

Year of foundation

1993

Artistic & General director

Suzy Blok

Guiding principles

Dansmakers Amsterdam is dance production house and workplace with its own stage, in an old factory in Amsterdam North. As generator of talent, Dansmakers Amsterdam stands for research, production, promotion and presentation; supporting artists in continuity to develop their artistic signature and promoting dance as a vital contemporary art form. Dansmakers Amsterdam offers long-term residencies to approximately 4 Artists in Residence and short-term residencies to a selection of 8-10 guest-artists per year.

Building description

Dansmakers Amsterdam has 3 rehearsal studios, one large multifunctional hall and a stage called Dansmakers Podium. The venue is 30 m x 25 m and the stage with sprung floor  is 16 m x 10 m. The audience capacity is 150 seated on the set tribune and there is possibility of a larger audience for activities and events with a different set-up.

History

Dansmakers Amsterdam started in 1993 as DansWerkplaats Amsterdam (DWA). From a dance laboratory, DWA developed into a dance production house. In 2011 the production house moved to an old industrial building in North Amsterdam by the IJ canal, which used to be the Stork factory and is now used for the creative industry.

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Gedempt Hamerkanaal 203-205
1021 KP Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Tel: +31 (0) 20 6891789
info@dansmakers.nl

Dansehallerne Copenhagen (DK)

EDN membership

Full member

Year of foundation

2009

Artistic director

Efva Lilja

Guiding principles

Dansehallerne is a national platform and a leading institution for contemporary choreographic performative art.

Dansehallerne is a crossroad where conventions are broken and resistance is pushed aside in favour of new adventures, thoughts and statements through the contemporary choreographic performative arts.

Dansehallerne provides meeting places for everyone interested in experiencing choreographic practices, research processes and critical debate and will take a leading position in the development of new formats for public events, interactive and creative activities for all ages.

Dansehallerne offers:

  • performances and other events that takes place in traditional and alternative venues, in spatial as well as conceptual locations, in digital format and in projects where audiences and participants engage in co-creation.
  • premises for rehearsals, artistic developing work and residencies.
  • supports the research that strengthens the representativity of contemporary choreographic performative arts, innovation and societal progress.
  • nationwide activities related to contemporary choreographic performative art for children and youth.

Building description

Dansehallerne is situated in Carlsberg’s old mineral water boiling factory in the heart of Copenhagen. We have 2 stages with a capacity of 204 and 73 seats, an informal foyer stage and a laboratory stage. We also have 7 fully equipped studios, a large lounge and a foyer designed for audiences with ticket sales and screens for dance films.

History

Dansehallerne opened in August 2009 with lots of events. More than 5000 people visited Dansehallerne to see how the dance was arranged in one of the old factory buildings.

In 2012 it was decided that Dansens Hus and Dansescenen should merge under the name Dansehallerne as a non-profit organization, supported by the Ministry of Culture and the Municipality of Copenhagen.

Both Dansens Hus and the venue Dansescenen existed years before we were joined in the same building at the Carlsberg area. Dansescenen was founded in 1991 and Dansens Hus has existed since year 2000.

In autumn 2014 there was a series of major changes in Dansehallerne. The management at that time stopped in December 2014 and we got the news that Dansehallerne had to move from the current building and find new facilities in 2017. The changes in the autumn of 2014 launched a comprehensive process of change where, among other things the Board of Dansehallerne initiated an open dialogue process, where the goal was to develop a qualified basis to create the best environment for the future of Dansehallerne.

As part of creating a new future for Dansehallerne a new strong CEO was appointed in September 2015. The experienced Swedish director and artist Efva Lilja has since January 2016 been the director of the entire business of Dansehallerne.

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Bohrsgade 19
DK-1799 Copenhagen V
Denmark
Tel: +45 3388 8000
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Dansens Hus Stockholm (SE)

EDN membership

Full member

Year of foundation

1991

Artistic director

Annelie Gardell

Guiding principles

Dansens Hus overall goal according is to secure a place and a sense of urgency for dance in society by presenting mainly contemporary Swedish and international dance and closely related performance art of the highest quality, and in other arrangements, such as film, lectures, seminars, etc., to promote the development, availability, breadth and diversity of dance for audiences and mass media.

Dansens Hus is an exciting meeting place and an inspiring environment permeated by professionalism, creativity, diversity, openness and respect. We see the opportunity for relatively new and exciting art forms that appeal to both young and older differentiated audiences who are curious about contemporary expression. As much as 35% of Dansens Hus audience says that they visited Dansens Hus for the first time.

Building description

Located in central Stockholm, Dansens Hus has 2 stages with 800 and 140 seats respectively. The rehearsal and training rooms, comprising 2 dance studios, fulfill an important and essential part  of Dansens Hus operations. They are primarily used for rehearsal and groundwork for new productions, as well as training and teaching.

History

Dansens Hus is located in the new Folkets Hus building that was inaugurated in 1960. Sven Markelius is the architect behind this modernistic building built in functional style. The stage was initially planned to house a cinema. However, it became the home for Stockholm City Theatre moved in 1960 until 1990 when the theatre moved to Kulturhuset. Formed in 1989 Dansens Hus moved into the premises in 1991.

Although the building is not classified as a heritage building, it has been well-preserved. The original interior remains today in the foyer, featuring Arne Jacobsen’s Swan chairs and teak tables. The Markelius textiles are reproductions. Original teak walls are found in the restrooms, as well as chequered floors and Dals paper towels.

Folkets Hus is owned by LO but is managed by the City Conference Center. The building contains a congress hall, restaurants (Cabaret and Aladdin) and Dansens Hus rents the foyer, stages, offices, training rooms and basement.

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Wallingatan 21
111 24 Stockholm
Sweden
Tel: 08-508 990 00
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Dansens Hus Oslo (NO)

EDN membership

Full member

Year of foundation

2004

Artistic director

Un-Magritt Nordseth

Guiding principles

Dansens Hus is Norway’s national stage for dance. It presents productions covering a broad spectrum of dance, from productions for babies to appearances by major international guest artists, from new Norwegian choreographers to well established ones. Workshops, hip hop festivals, master classes, talks by artists, debates and exhibitions are some of what Dansens Hus often offer alongside the productions.

Building description

Dansens Hus is located in the Vulkan area of Oslo, a former industrial district beside the Akerselva river, now a buzzling part of town with neighbouring Mathallen Food Court, hotels, shops, apartments and restaurants. The building is a converted factory building, and is one of the finest and most modern theatres in Oslo, with top quality technical equipment. The main stage can seat an audience of 334, and the studio stage has a maximum capacity of 150.

History

The current premises opened in 2008. Major national and international names that have appeared at Dansens Hus in recent years include: Ingun Bjørnsgaard Prosjekt, Zero Visibility/Ina Christel Johannessen, Jo Strømgren Kompani, Alan Lucien Øyen/Winterguests, Carte Blanche, Cullbergballetten, Wim Vandekeybus/Ultima Vez, Peeping Tom, Hofesh Schechter, Akram Khan Company, DV8 Physical Theatre, Jefta van Dinther, Meg Stuart, Les Ballets C de la B and Mette Ingvatsen to name but a few.

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Møllerveien 2
0182 Oslo
Norway
Tel: +47 23 70 94 00
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Dance Ireland Dublin (IE)

EDN membership

Full member

Year of foundation

1989

Chief Executive

Paul Johnson

Guiding principles

Dance Ireland is the representative body for dance. A membership-led resource and service organisation, it celebrates, develops and promotes the diversity of dance practices in Ireland today. The founding principles are:

  • To provide support and practical resources for dancers and choreographers
  • To work towards developing a sustainable dance sector in Ireland
  • To lead, represent and advocate on behalf of the dance sector in Ireland
  • To enhance public awareness of and involvement in dance at all levels

Dance Ireland also manages DanceHouse, on licence from Dublin City Council.

Building description

Located in the heart of the North-East inner city, DanceHouse comprises 6 purpose-built dance studios, Artists’ Resource Room, artists’ kitchen/green room facilities & exhibition spaces. DanceHouse is a working home for all forms of dance practice and a hub for the wider dance community.

History

Dance Ireland is the parent organisation and the trading name of the Association of Professional Dancers in Ireland Ltd (APDI). Established in 1989, incorporated as a not-for-profit in 1992, APDI rebranded in 2006, on assuming responsibility for DanceHouse and granted Charitable Status in 2012.

Initially administered under the umbrella of the Dance Council of Ireland, APDI was created as a proactive support for dancers and choreographers. While our founding principles remain the same, the organisation has evolved over the past 27 years and provides a crucial platform for its members to innovative, create and connect nationally and internationally.

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Foley Street
Dublin 1
Ireland
Tel: +353 1 855 8800
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Stegi – Dance House Lemesos (CY)

EDN membership

Full member

Year of foundation

2007

Artistic director

Alexis Vassiliou

Guiding principles

The Dance House Lemesos is the first space in Cyprus entirely devoted to the support, promotion and development of professional contemporary dance and performance practice in Cyprus. It is a space of creativity and exchange, research and practice, artistic development and innovation. It is a meeting point for local and international dancemakers. The collaboration between Dance House Lemesos and its neighbour, the Rialto Theatre, has been an important development in the continued support for dance in Cyprus.

Dance House Lemesos is a consequence of the rapid development of contemporary dance/performance the last few years in Cyprus and especially in the city of Lemesos. It is situated  next to the Rialto theatre on one side and the Technological University on the other. Both institutions collaborate with Stegi.

Building description

Dance House Lemesos has a large studio space that can also be used for performances, a big veranda looking towards Heroes Square, an office space, store rooms and a kitchen area. It is housed in a listed building and is part of the cultural heritage of Limassol. The decision to locate the House in a specific listed building, aimed at contributing to the upgrading of Heroes Square, a prospect that has been one of the Lemesos Municipality’s efforts during the last few years. It was built in 1919 by Mr Nemitsas and was the residence of the Z. Stamatiou family (one of the 3 founding members of the Electrical Power supply Company). Between 1971-1978 it was used as a private club and thereafter as a mansion prior to its current use as a dancehouse.

History

Dance House Lemesos Stegi was envisioned, created and organised by 5 Cyprus based dance companies with a common urge, to create a space to serve the professional contemporary dance and to develop the art of performance in Cyprus.

Their vision was to generate an environment that would allow them to be resident artists, but also to support the rest of the dance community and help the community in general, via numerous programmes. The initiative for a space began in 2005 by the choreographer Lia Haraki, when she invited the most active dance companies of Lemesos to come together and share a rehearsal space. Progressively that space transformed into Dance House Lemesos. Officially the House opened its doors on the 1st of October 2007. The companies and choreographers that created Dance House Lemesos are: Chorotheatro Omada Pente (Cloe Melidou, Roula Kleovoulou), 
En drasi (Evie Demetriou, Emily Papaloizou), 
interact dance co. (Natasa Georgiou)
, Solipsism (Anna Charalambous), 
.pelma.lia haraki (Lia Haraki).

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www.dancehouse.com.cy

Andrea Drousiti 17, Heroes Square
3040 Limassol
Cyprus
Tel: +357 25340618
info@dancehouselemesos.com

Dance Gate Lefkosia Cyprus (CY)

EDN membership

Full member

Year of foundation

2007

Artistic director

Arianna Economou

Guiding principles

Dance Gate Lefkosia Cyprus is one of the founding members of Dance House Lefkosia and one of the 2 member organizations that constitute the L_DH Dancehouse Lefkosia.

Dance Gate Lefkosia Cyprus is a non-profit organization that actively promotes and supports the development of dance as a contemporary and interactive art forms working closely within the vision and framework of the dancehouse model. Due to Cyprus’ geopolitical position as a European country on the furthest of South Eastern Europe, Dance Gate’s particular vision and aim is to promote dance and culture at the crossroads of cultures and between three continents, Nicosia still remaining the only divided capital of Europe.

Dance Gate Lefkosia Cyprus strategies are threefold:

  • The enhancement of creativity and the promotion of young and more established choreographers, giving opportunities for dance research within the fluid borders with the other performance arts so as to redefine and expand the choreographic field on the island.
  • To mobilize political power for the necessary infrastructures to support dance and dance artists from both sides of the buffer zone.
  • Aims through festivals, research, seminars, lectures, conferences, publications, exchanges and a growing network, to create the necessary artistic and theoretical support for the dance to grow in multitude ways at the crossroads of cultures within the wider contemporary arts context.

Building description

The venue is given by the Ministry of Education and Culture and the building belongs to the Municipality of Nicosia and was to conceded to the Ministry of Education after the efforts of the dance community of Nicosia.

The building of the Dance House Lefkosia used to be the old food market of Ayios Andreas in Nicosia, purpose-built in the mid-40s during the British occupation.

In 2013, after the necessary renovations, the building has been conceded to the non-profit organization L_DH Dancehouse Lefkosia by the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture in collaboration with the Municipality of Nicosia for the support of dance and its development in Nicosia and on the island on a local and international level.

History

Since 2007 Dance Gate has organized numerous workshops and performances with guests such as Julyen Hamilton, Henrietta Horn, Eduardo Fukushima, Sofia Mavragani, Mafalda Deville, Alexandra Waierstall, and yearly conferences on the Dynamics and Prospects of Contemporary Dance with international renowned speakers. Important audience development project has also been the BODY & SOLI – a presentation of  8 invited Cypriot choreographers to share their working processes mentored by the invited guest dance artist Angus Balbernie, UK.

Since 2008 Dance Gate runs the yearly and international dance and performance arts festival named No_Body Dance & Performance Arts Festival.

From 2010 to 2014 it was partner of the EU funded project modul-dance bringing to Nicosia important events film screenings, residencies, performances and Carte Blanche with artists such as Nuria Font, Fearghus O’ Conchúir,  Jurij Konjar, Alexandra Waierstrall, Arno Schuitemaker, Lilly Mihajlović and Jasmina Krizaj (SI) & Cristina Planas Leitão, amongst others. Within modul-dance, Dance Gate also organised the conference Dance/Body at the Crossroads of Cultures, with keynote speakers Rustom Barucha, Guy Cools and numerous guests performers and presenters from all over the world.

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www.cyprusdance.org
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5 Parthenonos Str.
Ayios Andreas, 1105
Lefkosia
Cyprus
Tel: 00 357 97 77 22 64 / 00 357 22 780 960
dance.gatecy@gmail.com

DanceEast – Jerwood DanceHouse Ipswich (UK)

EDN membership

Full member

Year of foundation

1983

Artistic director

Brendan Keaney

Guiding principles

DanceEast brings world-class dance to the East of England, presenting an eclectic programme of performances, widening the experience for audiences and bringing a new and invigorated audience to dance.
 As well as working with regional dance artists, established choreographers and internationally renowned companies, DanceEast encourages emerging artists, providing a framework of training, support and performance opportunities.

Building description

DanceEast’s home is the purpose-built Jerwood Dancehouse in Ipswich. It houses 4 dance studios, a 200-seat studio theatre, a therapy room, offices and the danceeats! café. The Jerwood DanceHouse has been created to reach out to communities and acts as magnet for national and international dance artists.

History

DanceEast has had a long assocation with the Suffolk region of England. Founded in 1983 and gaining National Dance Agency status in 1994, it has grown from strength to strength, maintaining its commitment to the rural communities of East Anglia whilst developing national and international programmes. Ipswich has always been DanceEast’s home. The location is ideal; served with good transportation links and undergoing major regeneration. Its short travel distance to London also makes the DanceHouse an accessible venue for artists who are based in the capital.

In 2000 it became clear that DanceEast needed an identifiable base it could call its own. The Jerwood DanceHouse officially opened its doors to the public in October 2009 (some of the world’s greatest dance talents joined in with the celebrations, including: Sylvie Guillem, the Ballet Boyz, Akram Khan and The Royal Ballet).

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Foundry Lane
Ipswich
Suffolk IP4 1DW
UK
Tel: +44 (0) 1473 295230
info@danceeast.co.uk

CND – Centre National de la Danse Paris (FR)

EDN membership

Full member

Year of foundation

1998

Artistic director

Mathilde Monnier

Guiding principles

CND’s goal is to offer an increasing range of services to dance professionals, with an emphasis on its role as a resource centre and on building partnerships in the regional France and Europe.

Its 3 key missions are:

  • Training and professional services
  • Heritage protection
  • Artistic creation

Building description

Since 2004 CND is located in Pantin, on the outskirts of Paris, within the town’s former civic offices situated on the banks of the Ourcq canal. This imposing building, designed by architect Jacques Kalisz in 1972, was awarded the Équerre d’Argent prize for renovation in 2004. The successful fusion between original architecture and renovation gives the building its unique identity and ambiance within the 7000 m² of available space, specifically designed for dance professionals. It is a comfortable, fully renovated building with 12 dance studios, 3 of which stage public performances, a multimedia library with collections ranging from rare and original works to documents with general public appeal, a film/projection theatre and a café.

Assistance is provided for orientation around the building, as well as information on specialist resources, individual interviews, access to data files, computer facilities, and so forth. A lounge area enables members of the public to keep in touch with news and currents events, with access to publications and an atrium area with live viewing facilities to watch activities and events held in the Large Studio.

History

CND was founded in 1998 and it has been based in Pantin since 2004. Its responsibilities, as defined by a Statutory Order of 1998, focus on choreographic landscape that has evolved over the years, within which the CND has grown and “matured”.

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1, rue Victor Hugo
93507 Pantin cedex
France
Tel: +33 1 41 83 27 27
dg@cnd.fr

CDC – Centre de Dévelopement Chorégraphique Toulouse (FR)

EDN membership

Full member

Year of foundation

1995

Artistic director

Corinne Gaillard

Guiding principles

The notion of “development” is the driving force of CDC.  Development applies to: creation (of artistic residencies, production), professional training (Extensions  – a two year training programme), and enabling a culture of choreography for audiences. Every year, the CDC Toulouse co-produces and offers residencies to a dozen artistic teams. It operates as an executive producer for several companies, who benefit from links with A-CDC network members and with other European networks.

During the performance seasons and the festival C’est de la Danse Contemporaine, the programme blends new forms of creation with touchstone works from 20th century dance, thereby consolidating the public’s choreography culture.

Building description

The CDC Toulouse infrastructure consists of one studio of 250 m² with 100 seat capacity, a rehearsal studio of 150 m²,  7 residential rooms with bathroom and work space facilities and a fully equipped kitchen.

In 2015, the CDC Toulouse plans to celebrate its 20th anniversary  by inaugurating the Cité de la Danse with a performance hall and studios situated in the heart of Toulouse’s historic quarter La Grave.

History

CDC Toulouse is part the national network of choreographic development centre A-CDC Association des Centres de Développement Chorégraphique in France. CDC Toulouse was the first of 9 CDC dancehouses to be created.

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www.cdctoulouse.fr
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5, avenue Etienne Billières
31300 Toulouse
France
Tel: +33 (0)5 61 59 98 78
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CSC – Centro per la Scena Contemporanea Bassano del Grappa (IT)

EDN membership

Full member

Year of foundation

2006

Artistic directors

Rosa Scapin and Roberto Casarotto

Guiding principles

CSC is a dynamic dance house, dedicated to the development of the culture of contemporary dance and creation. It is a residency center for individual artists or dance companies elaborating their own experimental and research projects, a home for research and artistic development, a platform for the presentation of national and international works, a forum for the exchange of critical responses, discourses and ideas among artists, the public and members of the local community and an environmental frame for installations, site-specific works and other interdisciplinary projects.

Building description

CSC is housed in 3 unique buildings, all located at walking distance in the city centre of Bassano del Grappa: CSC Garage Nardini (99 seats), CSC San Bonaventura (140 seats) and Teatro Remondini (442 seats).

History

CSC Garage Nardini used to be a distillery owned by the Nardini family, one of the oldest grappa producers in Europe. It became a garage and then was closed down for years. In 2008 the Nardini family offered the venue to the Municipality of Bassano as a space to promote projects, activities and initiatives in the field of dance.

Recently the Municipality of Bassano del Grappa undertook the renovation of the San Bonaventura church. The church of the old hospital of the city was deconsacrated when a new building was created in a different area of the town. Retaining its original architecture, it is now called CSC San Bonaventura and  has become a space for the performing arts, for  hosting residencies and performances.

Teatro Remondini is a traditional Italian style theatre. It hosts mainly the presentation of dance works with occasional residencies and dance workshops.

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www.operaestate.it
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Via Torino, 7
36061 Bassano del Grappa
Italia
Tel: +39 0424 519819
operaestate@comune.bassano.vi.it

 

Art Stations Foundation Poznań (PL)

EDN membership

Full member

Year of foundation

2004

Artistic director

Joanna Leśnierowska

Guiding principles

Stary Browar Nowy Taniec is a multilevel dance programme run by Art Stations Foundation at Stary Browar Art Center in Poznań, Poland. The main mission and goal of the programme is to strongly support the development of Polish choreography.

With its general interest in art of choreography, its creative process as well as in wider discussion on its history, theory and future, programme Stary Browar Nowy Taniec makes Stary Browar a creation space where conscious, open-minded and adventurous dance audiences become challenging partners for contemporary (not only young) choreographers – a  unique spot on the map of Polish dance.

History

Stary Browar was created to popularise, promote and present to local audiences the art of contemporary choreography (especially its avant-garde trends). It is the first regular dance space in Poland; a meeting point of international dance community and Polish artists and a platform of artistic dialogue, research, creation and choreographic reflection. Following the mission of the project and next to presentations of both renowned and young international works, from the very beginning Stary Browar Nowy Taniec constantly supports young Polish dance artists succeeding in introducing to the Polish scene a whole new generation of ambitious and talented dance creators.

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www.artstationsfoundation5050.com
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Półwiejska 42
61-888 Poznań
Poland
Tel: +48 61 859 61 22
office@artstationsfoundation5050.com

Adc – Association pour la dance contemporaine Genève (CH)

EDN membership

Full member

Year of foundation

1986

Artistic director

Claude Ratzé

Guiding principles

ADC’s aim is to promote contemporary dance and for it to be a strong contributor to the cultural scene in Geneva. It is a member of the Passeport danse, which links the dance programs of 8 structures in Geneva and in the surroundings of the city, in France.

Building description

The ADC is provisionally located at la Salle des Eaux Vives in Geneva, equiped with a moving technical system. The audience capacity is 150 people, the stage is 11 m deep and 15 m wide. The ADC manages 3 studios dedicated to creative research at la Maison des arts du Grütli, Geneva.

History

The ADC was first located in the Salle Patino until 1997. In 1998, it took on a nomadic existence presenting works in a range of different theatres and spaces, most especially in the Théâtre du Grütli, the Alhambra, the Théâtre du Loup, and the BFM.
  That same year, ADC, along with Geneva-based choreographers, established a group and set about working towards creating a dancehouse for the city. Since 2004 ADC has been provisionally located in the Salle communale des Eaux-Vives. The project of a dancehouse was rejected by the Lancy commune in 2006. Undeterred ADC has continued the process, working on the development of a Dance Pavillion. In 2013 an architect was appointed by the City of Geneva by open competition. It is hoped that Pavillon de la danse will be fully operational by 2018.

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82-84 rue des Eaux-Vives
CH-1207 Genève
Switzerland
Tel : + 41 22 329 44 00
info@adc-geneve.ch

Karene Lyngholm

Karene Lyngholm was a founding member of EDN and chair from 2004 to May 2009. She was founder and artistic director of Dansens Hus Oslo from May 2004 to August 2010. As a curator, she has currently different positions in the performing arts scene. She is in the board of the Performing Arts Hub Norway and SITE Sweden, and funding board member of the performing arts center Prospero, among others. She is currently establishing a residency centre in the mountain area of Valdres with Frikar dance company.

Bertram Müller

Bertram Müller is a founding member of EDN and was the president from May 2009 to September 2013.  He was the artistic director of Tanzhaus NRW Düsseldorf for more than 30 years until his retirement in December 2013.