Partners

Gabriela Tudor Foundation [lead organiser, Bucharest, RO] promotes and supports the development of contemporary dance in Romania. It covers professional development of dance artists (workshops, residencies, and training sessions), production and presentation (performances, festivals, platforms) and distribution in Romania and abroad. Over 100 dance projects have been organised since 1997. GT Foundation led a series of lobby activities aimed at gaining public support for contemporary dance, which eventually played a major role in the establishment of the National Dance Centre in Bucharest. It is co-founder and co-organiser of the Balkan Dance Platform, and was also involved in several international exchanges, training and research projects supported by the EU from 2001 to 2007, including Movements on the Edge, Terrains Fertiles, Migrant Body. Among the distinctions received, the foundation counts the award of SOROS Centre for Contemporary Arts for the contribution to the development of contemporary dance in Romania. www.gabrielatudor.ro

Established in 2002, Dublin Dance Festival [co-organiser, Dublin, IE] is Ireland’s premier festival dedicated to presenting the finest international and Irish contemporary dance. Highly regarded at home and abroad for the integrity and artistic bravery of its programming, the festival has presented the Irish premieres of numerous major international choreographers. DDF strives to promote excellent and innovative dance, to reflect its diversity as an art form and to increase access and participation in dance. The Festival has become central to the development of audiences for dance in Ireland. Additionally, DDF believes that Ireland can be an international focal point for artistic exchange and collaboration. DDF plays an important role in nurturing and supporting Irish choreographers in practical ways, through commissioning, co-production and co-presentation initiatives and through its involvement in showcasing and networking events. The Festival takes place on an annual basis, usually in May, and features a rich programme of performances and special events. www.dublindancefestival.ie

Dance Ireland [co-organiser, Dublin, IE] is the representative body for professional dance in Ireland. It provides training programmes, developmental opportunities and practical supports which respond to the needs of the professional dance artists, while simultaneously increasing the general public’s involvement in dance at all levels. The work of Dance Ireland reflects the diversity of dance practices in Ireland today, operating at local, national and international levels. Dance Ireland places the questioning of practice at the heart of all its programmes and it supports the championing of research and learning. DanceHouse provides a working home for Dance Ireland activities, through which the organizations aims to develop a sustainable resource for professional dance practice and the wider dance community. www.danceireland.ie

The Association of the Professional Dance Choreographers of Latvia (HA) [co-organiser, Riga, LV] was founded in 2003 and it is run by Latvian contemporary dance choreographers, dancers and teachers. Its main task is to develop contemporary dance in Latvia, to provide a creative platform for Latvian artists to learn, to create, and to exchange. HA is the organizer of such events as Time To Dance, which is an international dance festival held once a year, in June, and which includes workshops, lectures and dance performances. It also organises Time To Dance improvisations and sketches, which has an informal character and that opens space for experiments and JAM sessions; educational projects at schools, culture houses, old people houses; workshops for professionals or amateurs both in Riga and regions of Latvia. Dance Theater Workshop, New York Live Arts, Barrents Festival, New Baltic Dance Festival, Compagnie Ariel are just a few institutions that have collaborated with HA over time. Since 2004 the director of HA is Ilze Zirina. www.dance.lv

The Dance House Lemesos [co-organiser, Limassol, CY] was officially opened in September 2007. It is the first and only space aimed at the development of professional contemporary dance in Cyprus. It is entirely devoted to the support, promotion and development of the work of dance artists and has recently become an affiliated member of the European Dance House Network. Dance House Lemesos has become a meeting point for local and international artists of dance and performance, a space for creativity and exchange, research and practice, development and innovation. The 6 main domains of action are: research-creation-production (residencies & coproductions); performances and presentations; education; training centre for professionals; information on all dance happenings in Cyprus; collaborations/partnerships with Cypriot, European and international dance/performance institutions and networks. www.dancehouselemesos.com

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[co-organiser, London, UK) is an interdisciplinary design collective based in East London which emerged from the pioneer digital performance collective shinkansen/ Future Physical (1989-2004). The group engages in creating fascinating connections between performance, architecture, new media and virtual worlds. Using its own collaboration and networked creation processes, body>data>space visions the future of the human body and its real-time relationship to evolving global, social and technological shifts. Working in culture and creative industries the organisations has realised body technology projects across Europe and internationally, with a focus on tele-presence, connectivity and virtual/physical blended space. www.bodydataspace.net,   www.robotsandavatars.net 

 

The National Centre of Dance Bucharest (CNDB) [associated partner, Bucharest, RO] is a Romanian public institution whose purpose is to sustain, develop and promote contemporary dance. It is conceived as an open space and as an integrant part of the international choreographic context. CNDB’s programs and projects encourage critical perspectives, the research and the experiment in the field of contemporary arts’ practice and theory. Every year, CNDB organises one or two calls for projects aimed at encouraging creativity, competition and artistic mobility and open to all dance professionals – choreographers, dancers, teachers, groups and companies, theoreticians, critics, foundations and genre associations. It also organises classes and workshops for dance professionals and for the non-professional audience eager learn more about the language of contemporary dance. www.cndb.ro


The “ArtistNe(s)t – Network of Artists-in-Residence CentresAssociation [associated partner, RO] was created in November 2009 by the “George Apostu” Cultural Centre Bacau, the “George Enescu” National Museum, and the Gabriela Tudor Foundation. It is a cultural network aimed at fostering creativity in contemporary arts, encouraging the implementation of artists-in-residence activities in Romania, supporting artists’ mobility as well as the activity of artists and cultural managers in Romania. The “ArtistNe(s)t” Network was founded in 2006 by Gabriela Tudor and the Swiss Cultural Program in Romania in partnership with four public cultural institutions– the Arcus Cultural Centre in Sf. Gheorghe, the “George Apostu” Cultural Centre Bacau, the European Cultural Centre Sinaia and the “George Enescu” National Museum – the “Dumitru and Alice Rosetti Tescanu – George Enescu” Tescani Department. The network was shaped as a regional cooperation project financed by the Swiss Cultural programme in Romania and it is open to other members, public cultural institutions and/or cultural NGOs involved in the organisation of artist-residency programmes. www.artistnest.ro

The “George Apostu” Cultural Centre [associated partner, Bacau, RO] is a public institution founded in 1990, which organises and hosts a variety of cultural activities such as theatre performances, exhibitions, symposia, workshops, concerts, round tables on different cultural topics. The Centre has a number of facilities, including guest rooms, a restaurant for invited artists and guests, a marble hall which hosts performances, the “George Apostu” Museum of Contemporary Art with two exhibition spaces adaptable for performances, a public library containing over 14.000 volumes on arts and literature, internet access, electronic equipment, as well as an open sculpture park. The Centre defines itself as a space open to cooperation between artists and cultural operators, and encourages the dialogue and development of new art forms. As part of the ArtistNe(s)t residency programme the “George Apostu” Cultural Centre Bacau organised choreography residencies for artists from Romania, Luxembourg, USA, France, Germany, Greece, Latvia and Switzerland.

The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance of the University of Limerick [associated partner, Limerick IE] offers a suite of undergraduate and post-graduate music and dance programmes which honour the energies of performance and academic reflection across a range of genres. Tutors on each programme include core faculty and invited guest artists and scholars. In addition, each year Academy runs a series public performances and seminars and hosts a number of artists-in-residence. Last year’s dance artists-in-residence were Jean Butler, Colin Dunne and Liz Roche. The MA Contemporary Dance Performance also provides for interaction and engagement with professional dance artists under the auspices of Buion: Dance Collective, which is based at the Academy. www.irishworldacademy.ie

Firkin Crane [associated partner, Cork, IE] is the home of dance in Cork, Ireland. It is a place where dance artists, audiences and enthusiasts can make, see and join in exciting and innovative dance. It is a resource for its local community in Cork, a key part of the dance ecology in Ireland and a partner in the development of dance at an international level. Firkin Crane is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland and Cork City Council.  www.firkincrane.ie

 

Watermans [associated partner, London, UK] is a multipurpose arts centre set in the middle of West London, situated in parkland on the banks of the River Thames opposite Kew Gardens. A world class, high profile, cultural organisation, Watermans provides a year-round programme of performing arts, cinema, exhibitions and new media arts.  In addition, it provides participative arts programmes for a wide range of communities both in its own venue and in other community spaces across West London. www.watermans.org.uk

Contemporary Dance Artists Association (ÇATI) [associated partner, Istanbul, TR] aims to improve production and job opportunities of contemporary dance and performance artists in Turkey. It is a professional association supporting new and innovative works, organising workshops and providing rehearsal space to artists working independently, through the ÇATI Dance Studio. CATI has developed strong relations with dance and arts academics from Istabul Bilgi University, Mimar Sinan University Dance Department, Yildiz Technical University Arts and Design Department, as well as with Contemporary Performing Arts Initiative (CGSG), Amber Body and the Digital Process Initiative. CATI is a member of DBM, Mediterranean Dance Network and it intends to become a cultural contact point in Turkey that finds international opportunities for its artists and members and foster intercultural exchange. Among its other projects, Transit Istanbul improvisation days in an annual event organised in partnership with Compagnie Coulisse and which is growing in national and international appreciation. www.catidans.org

Rialto Theatre
[associated partner, Limassol, CY] is a major performing arts venue which is uniquely dedicated to bringing the very best of local and international cultural events that cover the entire spectrum of performing arts including opera, drama, music, dance and cinema. It has established and developed significant festivals such as the Cyprus Dance Platform, the European Dance Festival, the Rialto Cyprus Ethnic Festival, the International Film Festival “Cyprus Film Days” and International Short Film Festival of Cyprus along with all the others performances running at the theatre. The theatre has been operating since 1999 for 11 months per year on a consistent basis and managed to gain partnerships, join International Networks, create collaborations and co-productions with government services, municipalities, non-profit organisations and universities.