Dancing Museums

Siobhan Davies Dance

Cooperation Projects

England

2015

Total project grant (euros)

€200,000

Percentage of budget funded

50%

Programme

Creative Europe

Sub-programme

Culture

Call number

EACEA 32/2014

Number of partners in project

5

Lead organisation

La Briqueterie - Centre de développement chorégraphique du Val de Marne

Partners

Comune di Bassano del Grappa, Italy;

D.ID Dance Identity, Austria;

Dansateliers, Netherlands;

Siobhan Davies Dance, UK

Dancing Museums is a partnership between five European dance organisations (La Briqueterie - Centre de développement chorégraphique du Val de Marne (FR), Comune di Bassano del Grappa (IT), D.ID Dance Identity (AT), Dansateliers (NL), Siobhan Davies Dance (UK) and the education departments of eight local museums.

The project is a shared research in which the dance organisations in each city, the museums’ education departments and eleven artists will form “clusters” to define and implement new strategies for audience development, participation and dialogue via the interaction between dance and arts, learning from each other as the project progresses. The starting point is the work of Old Masters and the focus is on new technologies, new ways of learning and the sharing of practice and experiences. The dialogue between experts from fine art, and the dance and video makers will use the museums to draw the public’s attention to dance in its contemporary form and to bring to the public the universality of dance as a communicative form.

Whilst working with the art experts, the artistic team will foster new forms of perception through the inhabiting of art spaces. In turn this will give new landscapes for dance to inhabit. The research will be opened up by means of choreographic guided tours for targeted groups, scheduled animations of selected parts of the collections, new forms of participatory workshops, audiovisual outputs and a web platform for artists and the public. A series of thematic seminars will be organised on focused themes of relevance and interest, such as ‘digitalisation’, ‘accessibility’ and ‘interdisciplinary dialogue’. Participative performative events will be produced at the end of the project, where the protagonists are the artists as well as the public, therefore creating an environment which blurs the boundaries between spectator and maker.

Photo: Manual (2013) by Siobhan Davies Dance, GoMA, photo by Alan Dimmick, courtesy Glasgow Life

Read a related news article: Siobhan Davies Dance has selected dance artist Lucy Suggate to take part in Dancing Museums

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