June 2010 - December 2014

Project leader:

Mercat de les Flors Barcelona (ES)

Short description:

Modul-dance was created and structured to address artists’ needs during their process of creation to allow them to follow itineraries across Europe through the modular system, an organised model of support for dance art, creation and dissemination. The selection of artists created a map reflecting artistic excellence and aesthetic diversity and the systematic approach ensured mobility and new experiences as well as a process of dialogue between artists, directors of dance houses and communities.

The project drawed on difference to create a commitment, a working model for the future of the performing arts and best practices for cultural management in Europe and beyond.


To support development, mobility and exchange for dance artists across Europe.

Core activities:

  • The project hosted a community of 52 European artists and offered them a framework to create and present their work to different audiences.
  • The selected artists developed an artistic piece within a 4-module structure across Europe consisting of research, residency, production and presentation modules and they received advice on play-writing and engage in an intense process of dialogue with the dancehouses.
  • More than 40 artists were invited to carry out research work within the Carte Blanche programme at 1 or more of the dancehouses participating.
  • It worked across disciplines cooperating with dramaturgists.
  • It set up conferences and think tanks in order to share reflections and establish critical feedback among dance communities, and organises festivals and film screenings.

Key Outcomes:

Facts and figures

  • 40 research modules
  • 120 residency modules
  • 55 production modules
  • 180 presentation modules
  • 450 presentations on tour
  • 60 carte blanche
  • 460 involved artists
  • 230 artists on stage
  • 6 conferences
  • 13 festivals
  • 20 film screenings
  • 15 dramaturgic advice
  • 10 think tanks
  • 150.000 spectators

On-line resources is a useful container of information. It includes information about all the selected artists and their projects, the partners, a calendar with all the activities developed under its umbrella and useful news. is the blog where the selected artists shared their experiences throughout their processes of creation.

The project Vimeo channel includes interviews with many artists and partners and a documentary about the project coinciding with the last modul-dance conference.

Modul-dance final book

Click here to read the modul-dance final book. You will find many layers of information, dealing with the selection processes, conferences, think tanks, film screenings addressing many of the key issues that were part and parcel of the project: mobility, community, cooperation, sharing, sustainability. All the participants, artists and partners, wrote about their experience.

Modul-dance city guides

The project produced a collection of 10 city guides. Each of the guides in this collection shows a city from the viewpoint of a local artist, who proposes his or her own particular route to artists in transit, seeking to put them in connection with their host city. While these city routes share some basic features, each one is different and in their differences lies a wealth of gazes, aesthetics, approximations to the local and much more. In a word, they form a mirror of the diversity that modul-dance has always fostered. Athens, Barcelona, Bassano del Grappa, Dresden, London, Stockholm, Vienna, Toulouse, Paris and Poznań ready to be discovered.

The ten city guides are available here.

Project partners:

EDN partners: adc Geneva (CH), Art Stations Foundation Poznań (PL), CDC Toulouse (FR), CND Paris (FR), Centro per la Scena Contemporanea Bassano del Grappa (IT), Dance Gate Lefkosia Cyprus (CY), Dance Ireland Dublin (IE), Dansens Hus Stockholm (SE), Dansehallerne Copenhagen (DK), DeVIR/CAPa Faro (PT), DDRC Athens (GR), HELLERAU-European Center for the Arts Dresden (DE), Maison de la Danse Lyon (FR), Mercat de les Flors Barcelona (ES), Danshuis Station Zuid Tilburg (NL), Tanzhaus NRW Düsseldorf (DE), Tanzquartier Wien (AT), The Place London (UK).

Non-EDN partners: Kino Šiška Ljubljana (SI), Plesna Izba Maribor (SI). The dancehouse in Ljubljana joined EDN in 2015.

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