IDEE – Initiatives in Dance through European Exchange

Date:

April 2005 - April 2008

Project leader:

Tanzquartier Wien (AT)

Short description:

IDEE was proposed by 9 dancehouses working together for the first time as a network. It set out to work with emerging choreographers to help them to make connections across Europe and to contextualise their work for international audiences.


Aim:

To boost the profile of dancehouses and strengthen their position in the cultural-political landscapes, to help dance artists to develop their creative output at pan-European level and to encourage the development of new forms of exchange in dance and performance.


Core activities:

  • 10-15 guest performances were selected and adapted for presentation in a variety of international venues including a working partnership with the local artistic community and parallel activities for contextualisation.
  • Creation of the Carte Blanche model to allow young choreographers and dancers to make new contacts in Europe or enhance existing contacts.
  • Each year a writer/thinker in residence observed the work in a critical, reflective manner assisting with content and analysing proceedings.
  • Cork and Oslo hosted conferences -jointly with Vienna- addressing topics of key concern to the dance community in Europe with the cooperation of writers and philosophers.


Key Outcomes:

  • 300 performances by 320 artists reached audiences of nigh on 30.000 people.
  • IDEE demonstrated its ability to act as a Europe-wide lobby for the continued existence, or new establishment, of dancehouses.
  • Long-term cooperation was initiated with 5 start-up dancehouses located in south eastern Europe and Brazil, with the objective to exchange artistic and organisational experience and best-practice models.
  • As a result of successful cooperation, it was decided to form EDN, which became a legal association in 2009.


Project partners:

EDN partners: adc Geneva (CH), CND Paris (FR), Dansens Hus Oslo (NO), Dansens Hus Stockholm (SE), DDRC Athens (GR), DeVIR/CAPa Faro (PT), Institute for Choreography and Dance - ICD Cork (IE), Mercat de les Flors Barcelona (ES), Tanzhaus NRW Düsseldorf (DE), Tanzquartier Wien (AT), The Place (UK).

Non-EDN partners: Centrul National al Dansului (Bucharest, RO), Kanuti Gildi Saal (Tallin, EE).



More info:

http://www.labforculture.org/en/projects/contents/idee-initiatives-in-dance-through-european-exchange