Dancing Museums - The democracy of beings

Dance 4 Limited

Cooperation Projects

England

2018

Total project grant (euros)

561,246.00

Sub-programme

Culture

Funding scheme

Creative Europe

Call number

EACEA 34/2018

Project date

1 Oct 2018 - 31 Dec 2021

Number of partners in project

10

Lead organisation

La Briqueterie Centre De Developpement Choregraphique Du Val De Marne Association, France

Partners

Comune Di Bassano Del Grappa, Italy

Consorci Mercat De Les Flors/Centre De Les Arts De Moviment, Spain

Dance 4 Limited, England

Tanec Praha Spolek, Czech Republic

Associazione Arte Sella, Italy

Departement Du Val De Marne, France

Stichting Dansateliers, Netherlands

Kunst- Und Ausstellungshalle Der Bundesrepublik, Germany

Universita Ca' Foscari Venezia, Italy

Fondazione Fitzcarraldo, Italy

DANCING MUSEUMS – The democracy of beings (DM2) is an action-research project designed to foster and sustain long-term collaborations between dance organisations, museums, Universities and local communities to develop inspiring and long-lasting arts and cultural programmes that people in those communities want to get involved in.

In this period of accelerated change, there is an urgent need for professionalism, shared vocabulary and a coherent conceptual framework that makes sense of the many different approaches to audience engagement.
In DANCING MUSEUMS – The democracy of beings, individuals and arts organisations share, improve, develop and transfer skills and knowledge needed to broaden and deepen connections and relationships with audiences. The partners see this project as a strategic capacity building project and an experiment in cultural democracy. If art focuses more on people, people will focus more on art. DANCING MUSEUMS – The democracy of beings picks up on changes that need to happen on an organisational level to conceptualise, develop and test new tools for the arts sector to create meaningful experiences and sensitive encounters with the public, hence measuring and improving its social value and impact.

The practice-led research team, composed of artists, staff from dance organisations, museums and Universities from 7 countries, looks at how the presence of dance can offer new ways of experiencing art and heritage and help audiences and visitors engage both intellectually and viscerally with artworks and art spaces. The learning happens locally and internationally Researchers of Ca’ Foscari University in Venice and Fondazione Fitzcarraldo follow the international activities to give language to the artistic practices observed and scientifically measure the impact on institutions, artists and how the new artistic products tested and developed change the perception of engagement of the audiences and their cultural behaviours. 

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