Dancing Museums is a new partnership project bringing together five European dance organisations and eight internationally renowned museums to explore new ways of interacting with audiences.
From June 2015 to March 2017, five selected dance artists, one from each organisation, will embark upon a two-year period of research and development and take part in a weeklong residency in each of the museums, providing regular opportunities to collaborate with their European partners as the project progresses. As part of the residency they will also be joined by experts from other fields such as education, digital media and academia to contextualise the research and stimulate new thinking. Throughout the project the dance artists will be supported by artist mentor Betsy Gregory, former Artistic Director of Dance Umbrella and Chair of Nottingham-based, international dance organisation Dance4.
The aim of the project is to define and implement new methods to engage audiences and enhance the journeys which people make when walking through the rooms of historical artefacts and art spaces. Drawing the public’s attention to contemporary dance as an inclusive, communicative form, events will be produced such as choreographic guided tours, participatory workshops and a web platform where the protagonists are both the artists and the public. The events will place the audience at the centre of the experience, blurring the boundaries between spectator and maker. Creative ways of using digital technologies will also extend the reach of the project.
Promoting professional development for both staff and artists, Dancing Museums creates a space for practitioners to develop their work in dialogue with other art forms and share skills across multiple organisations, audiences, work practices and local contexts. Throughout the project research will be made available to the public through a series of presentations and thematic seminars.
Dancing Museums will culminate in the creation of a new participatory, performative work in each of the five European cities highlighting the role live performance can play in enhancing understanding and engagement in art.
Dancing Museums is co-funded by the European Union’s Creative Europe programme.
Manual (2013) by Siobhan Davies Dance, Photo by Alan Dimmick, courtesy Glasgow Life
Siobhan Davies Studios, Photo by Catherine Dorsen
Siobhan Davies Studios, Photo by Catherine Dorsen
The National Gallery, London
Lucy Suggate, photo by The bodyfarm
Briqueterie - cheminée avec arbre ©Luc Boegly
Briqueterie - cheminée avec arbre ©Luc Boegly
La Briqueterie - galerie avec Louise Hakim et Jim Couturier ©Luc Boegly
Max Biskup is a video artist and filmmaker from Austria. After studying at the Film Academy Vienna he has been making video installations, documentaries, music videos and TV commercials since 2001. His videos have been shown at TAT Frankfurt, Oper Nürnberg, Wiener Festwochen, Volksoper, Berlin 36 and Tanzwoche Dresden. Television work includes primetime documentaries for MTV, Puls4 and Servus TV. He has directed ads for brands like Ford, The Red Cross, Louis Vuitton and Interspar. He first collaborated with dance artist Dante Murillo in 2014, creating a video installation series dealing with the structure of water and rivers as carriers of meaning for human interaction.
Matteo Maffesanti was born in Verona in 1972. He is a director, video maker and performer and uses the language of theatre and video art in artistic and social contexts. He graduated from Teatro Nucleo, Ferrara, and his career has been marked by encounters with leaders in national and international theatre, video art and film. In collaboration with the University of Verona he created the short film Cinquanta di questi giorni, which was edited and distributed by Aracne Editore, Roma, with the support of Regione Veneto. In 2011 Matteo started collaborating with Italian choreographers and performers including Alessandro Sciarroni and Francesca Foscarini. He has been involved as a video artist in European projects such as Act Your Age. As a performer he has worked with Collettivo Jennifer Rosa, based in Vicenza, and he is founder of Collettivo Elevator Bunker. At present he is involved in two different artistic projects with the choreographer and dancer Tiziana Bolfe, and the performer Chiara Bersani.
Connor Schumacher is a choreographer and dancer based in Rotterdam. He was raised in America, within a conservative, religious, home-schooled environment. After training as a gymnast, Connor first started dancing at Purchase College Conservatory of Dance in New Yorkﾠwhere he studied composition and performance. In 2012, with the support of Dansateliers, he began making his own performances within which he started developing his own theatrical language through an approach of formlessness in the process. His work analyses spectrums of ideology. Connor finds his themes in the search for identity, in dogmatic belief, and in vulnerability.
Fabio Novembrini was born in Bari, Italy in 1993 where he studied ballet, modern and contemporary dance. From 2011 to 2014 he deepened his study of ballet and contemporary technique in Florence at the BallettO di ToscanA school, directed by Cristina Bozzolini. During this time he participated in many workshops and joined in the youth contemporary dance company Antitesi Ensemble. In 2014 he was invited to take part in the project Prove d’autore, an initiative promoted by the network Anticorpi XL, where he participated in the creations of Tiziana Bolfe Briaschi, Masako Matsuchita, Maristella Tanzi and Riccardo Buscarini. Between 2014 and 2015 he moved to Berlin, studying at Marameo. In February 2015 he returned to Italy and he danced in La quiete apparente by Tiziana Bolfe Briaschi at the Premio Equilibrio in Rome, and in April 2015 he became a member of Balletto di Roma, where he explored improvisational processes and instant composition, and took part in the creative process of TEFER by Itamar Serussi.
After graduating from the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de musique de Paris in contemporary dance, achieving a BA in Choreographic Performing Arts at Paris VIII University, Tatiana Julien performed for Nathalie Pernette, Thomas Lebrun and 72/73 Company. In 2011 she was selected to participate in the Voyages Kadmos programme, organised by the Avignon Festival. Nourished by this collaborative experience, Tatiana founded her own company, C’Interscibo that same year. C’Interscibo has since been in residency at L’échangeur – CDC Picardie. In February 2012 she created her first piece, La Mort et l’Extase, a piece for one singer, ten dancers and 15 non-professionals. For her second project, Douve, she collaborated with composer Pedro Garcia-Velasquez and writer Alexandre Salcede in order to propose a sensitive reading of Yves Bonnefoy’s poetry collection Du mouvement et de l’immobilité de Douve. In 2014, at the Scène Nationale in Chalon-sur-Saône, Tatiana created and performed a solo, Ruines, co-written with stage director Marine De Missolz. Since 2015, she has been an associated artist of the Scène Nationale in Chalon-sur-Saône.
Dante Murillo is a Colombian choreographer, based in Austria since 2006. He studied media communication in Colombia and completed his MA in Dance at Bruckner University in Linz. He has previously worked with Rose Breuss and the Wee Dance Company, and makes his own pieces, including Rockers and Love and Delay. Dante’s work is influenced by his audio-visual and communication studies. He often refers to semiotics and the way we perceive these. He likes to explore different physicalities and meanings through variations of a specific situation or motion, later bringing them into choreography by the use or misuse of narrative structures and visual rhetoric.
Lucy Suggate is a dance artist based in the UK, recognised for her articulate and engaging solo performances. Since 2006 her work has continued to gain visibility on national and international platforms. In 2006 her piece Postcard was selected for the final of The Place Prize. In 2007 Lucy was invited to join Daghdha Dance as an Artist in Residence at their unique performance church in Limerick, Ireland. An opportunity to work with choreographer Michael Kliën, and a three-year research and development project in dance and choreography followed. Lucy has since produced a body of work including installations and solo work which continue to be performed around Europe. In 2013/14 Lucy became a Modul Dance Artist, supported by Mercat, Graner, Dansehallerne, BoraBora and Arts Council England’s Artist International Development Fund, to produce a durational solo that went on to inform her current work Pilgrim. Pilgrim has been presented internationally at Seoul International Dance Festival, Sonar Festival, Nottingham Contemporary for Nottdance Festival 2015, and the Tanzsolo Festival in Bonn.
Luis Alonso Rios Zertucheﾠis an audio-visual artist based in Rotterdam.ﾠHe has worked both autonomously and as a commissioned artist on several fronts.ﾠ After graduating from the Rietveld Academy in Audiovisual Art, his independent work has been shown at the Biennale di Venezia, Tweetakt Theater Festival, and Motel Mozaïque. A major theme of Luis’ work is frozen movement – the point at which his subjects are hushed, yet present and as stylised as they are fully themselves.
Working for over ten years as first assistant director for movie makers such as Gaël Morel, Jean-Pierre Sinapi, Philippe Grandrieux and Nicolas Cuche, Bertrand developed an interest in crossing art forms such as performing arts, music and image. As a result, he decided to start directing, producing short films, video clips, advertising videos, short programmes, dance films and documentaries. His work is always challenging and honest, using dance and movement as initial sources of inspiration.
Arte Sella is an international outdoor exhibition of contemporary art set up in 1986 in the fields and woods of the Sella Valley. Arte Sella is both an exhibition of artistic works and, most importantly, an ongoing creative process in which art works can be followed as they grow and evolve. The artists are called upon to express a respectful relationship with nature and treat it as a source of inspiration. The works are usually three-dimensional and created using stones, leaves, branches and tree trunks. Man-made objects, materials and colours are rarely used. All works are placed outdoors and can be admired while enjoying the woods, stones and monumental trees in the surroundings, the artworks are left to decay thus returning to nature's life cycle.
The Louvre, Paris, founded in 1793, is intended as a universal museum, embracing the history of France for eight centuries. Its collections — among the finest in the world — span several thousands of years and a territory that extends from America to Asia. With nearly ten million visitors in 2012, the Louvre is the world’s most visited museum. The Louvre is universal both in terms of the wealth of its collections and the great diversity of its visitors. Over the years, the Louvre has remained true to its mission of promoting encounters between art collections and the public. More than just a meeting place, it is now a forum for sharing, where the exceptional is accessible to all.
The Gemäldegalerie der Akademie der bildenden Künste in Vienna is one of the three central collections of old masters in Vienna, showing work from Bosch, Botticelli, Cranach, Rembrandt, Rubens and Titian. The museum is part of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, where there is an ongoing tradition of bringing together old masters and contemporary artists.
The National Gallery in London houses one of the greatest collections of European paintings in the world, which is free to visit and open 361 days of the year. The collection consists of over 2,300 paintings from the Middle Ages to the early 20th century. All major traditions of Western European painting are represented, with artists including Titian, Monet, Velázquez, Rembrandt and Van Gogh. The Gallery is a world centre of excellence for the scientific study, art historical research and care of European paintings from the 13th to the early 20th century.
The MAC/VAL in Vitry-sur-Seine is the first contemporary art museum entirely dedicated to the French 1950s art scene. Resonating with the collection displays, the museum programmes two temporary exhibitions per year. The MAC/VAL education department offers a unique learning programme for people of all ages and levels of experience. The overall aim of all events – from guided trails, to presentation of live works, to film screenings – is to increase access to contemporary creativity in its entire multiple and diverse forms. Special focus is dedicated to audiences with physical, cultural and financial barriers.
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen displays masterpieces of visual art, applied arts and design, offering visitors an overview of Dutch and European art from the early Middle Ages until the twenty-first century.
The museum’s extraordinary collection and innovative exhibitions place it among the world’s most renowned museums.
The Civic Museum in Bassano del Grappa is one of the oldest museums in the Veneto region of Italy, established in 1828. In 1840 it took up its current premises in the former monastery of San Francesco and has housed natural history items and books bequeathed byﾠGiovanni BattistaﾠBrocchi, as well as paintings taken from churches and monasteries suppressed in the Napoleonic age. With time, the museum’s possessions richly accumulated, so that today it is possible to see only a part of them. The picture gallery contains more than 500 paintings, among which is the world’s largest collection of works by Jacopo dal Ponte, while the Canova Section includes 3000 of the sculptor’s pieces. In 2011 the complex doubled its library and museum spaces.
Since 1992, the Ceramics Museum in Bassano del Grappa has been housed in the Palazzo Sturm, a splendid 18th century residence that welcomes visitors with an Ionic portico and a great hall frescoed in 1765 by Giorgio Anselmi. The intricate stucco work in some of the rooms is one of the most important examples of Rococo decoration in the Veneto region. Since 2007, Palazzo Sturm has also housed the Remondini Museum. Visitors follow a timeline that traces the story of this family of printers and the materials they produced on a journey through 200 years of history and culture. This new museum illustrates all the aspects of the 18th and 19th century Remondini industrial venture.
Siobhan Davies Dance is an investigative contemporary arts organisation founded and led since 1988 by choreographer Siobhan Davies. The organisation explores the application of choreography across a range of disciplines, and since 2002 has been producing choreographic works for gallery and museum spaces to reach new audiences and encourage alternative ways of exploring, experiencing and discussing dance.
Centro per la Scena Contemporanea promotes choreographic research, artistic development, community projects, productions and artistic mobility. From 2007 onwards the organisation has been presenting works in galleries and museums to develop the culture and creation of contemporary dance in Italy, in dialogue with other international scenes and artists.
Dansateliers is a contemporary dance house based in Rotterdam. It has produced and promoted several generations of dance artists, ensuring an ongoing nurturing of the international contemporary dance field. Dialogue, sharing and exchange are an essential part of the organisation’s working method. Activities include professional classes, workshops, movement classes, discussions, open rehearsals, studio presentations and performances. Dansateliers operates both nationally and internationally.
The Choreographic Development Centre (CDC) of Val-de-Marne has over 30 years of experience promoting creation and performance, and cultivating audience access, participation and appreciation. In 2013, CDC relocated to La Briqueterie, a purpose-built dance venue in Vitry-sur-Seine, on the outskirts of Paris. The venue features three rehearsal studios, a fully-equipped theatre, a courtyard with tiered seating, and a landscaped garden. The organisation’s activities include artist residencies, an educational programme and a regular performance season. Collaborations are conducted at regional level with partner theatres and other organisations.
D.ID Dance Identity is a platform for choreographic research and the practice of contemporary dance and movement-based art. The organisation’s main goal is to facilitate and nurture the creation and production of movement-based art, and to relate this artistic practice and the reflection upon it to a broader spectrum of the community.
Betsy Gregory was born in the USA, and has worked in dance for 40 years, as a performer, teacher, rehearsal director, programmer, producer, mentor and artistic director.
Trained at London Contemporary Dance School in the 70s, she was part of the first generation of independent, contemporary dance artists in Britain, performing and teaching for many choreographers and companies, most notably as a founder member of Second Stride.
In 1988, she received a bursary to study arts administration and went on to work at The Place Theatre, first as Programme Manager and later, Associate Director. In 1997, she joined Dance Umbrella and in January 2007, succeeded Val Bourne as Artistic Director, a post she held until November 2013.
In 2005 she was awarded the Chevalier des Arts et Lettres by the French government for services to dance. Currently, she is a member of the board of Aerowaves and is Chair of the board of the Nottingham-based organisation, Dance 4.
Since 2006, Roberto has been the director of dance projects for the Centro per la Scena Contemporanea di Bassano del Grappa (CSC) and Operaestate Festival Veneto. He is also associate director of Aerowaves and a member of EDN European Dancehouse Network. In January 2015 he was appointed Artistic Director of Balletto di Roma.
Currently involved in several international projects supported by the EU programmes, he develops initiatives aimed at supporting the artistic research, mobility and artists’ development in the field of dance.
He is the Italian initiator of Dance for Health and Parkinson’s, a project aimed at researching the impact that dance has on people with Parkinson's.
Roberto is also the author of the book Nigel Charnock published in 2009 by L’Epos, in the Dance forward/Dance for word series.
Kate is Programme Director for Siobhan Davies Dance working closely with the Artistic Director Siobhan Davies to show her work in visual arts contexts, both in the UK and internationally and is responsible for steering the artistic output of Siobhan Davies Studios.
Born in London, Kate trained at the Royal Ballet School and London Contemporary Dance School, from where she graduated into London Contemporary Dance Theatre, later joining Rambert Dance Company. Following this Kate pursued a freelance career working with DV8, Mark Baldwin Dance Company, Jeremy James and Dancers, Martha Clarke and as a long standing member of Michael Clark Company.
In 2009 she was the recipient of the Critics Circle Award for Best Female Dancer- Modern.
Kate retired from performing in 2012 and worked as Producer for Frieze Foundation to commission and realise the non-for-profit projects that form a part of Frieze Art Fair each year before taking up her current post at Siobhan Davies Dance.
Elisabetta has worked in a programming and managerial capacity in the field of dance and the performing arts across three countries. After her initial steps in Italy, she rooted herself in Ireland as Programme Manager of Dance Ireland in Dublin for 6 years. During this post she was responsible for curating and managing the organisation’s artistic professional programming and all international projects, including four EU-funded projects (Modul-dance, Tour d’Europe des choréographes, E-Motional Bodies & Cities, Léim). In 2012, she curated Made in Dublin, a special season of new dance performances, dance film screenings and talks to mark the inaugural event in Dance Ireland’s 21st anniversary programme.
Since September 2013, she has overseen the international development of La Briqueterie – CDC du Val-de-Marne in France. She is the president of PlanTS, an all-women arts organisation based in Trieste.
Elisabetta holds an MA in Translation Studies from the University of Trieste, Italy.
Daniel Favier is the director of La Briqueterie – CDC du Val de Marne and the Dance Biennale of Val de Marne since 2009. Previously Daniel was been the general manager and director of development at the Hivernales of Avignon from 1996 to 2009. He has worked on numerous European collaborative projects, such as Métamorphoses and B-project at La Briqueterie and Trans Danse Europe at the Hivernales, for which he was the production director.
From 1992 to 1996, he was the administrator of Roc in Lichen vertical dance company, directed by choreographers Laura de Nercy and Bruno Dizien. Previously, he had been an interpreter of L’Olifant company directed by Bernard Cordreaux for 10 years.
Kristin started her career as a freelance dance-artist in 1987. She worked with Michèle Anne De Mey, Michael Laub, Beppie Blankert, Ping Chong and Piet Rogie, amongst others, touring nationally and internationally. In 1996 she started working for the ArtEZ School of Dance, became leader of the Makers program in 2005 and Head of the entire BA Programme in 2010. In that same year she started as a member of the advisory committee dance for The Performing Arts Funds NL.
In 2011 Kristin was appointed artistic and general director of Dansateliers, a dance house for research and development in Rotterdam. As director she had been involved in the development of various EU projects, to generate opportunities for artists to further develop themselves, their practice and their network. On a national scale she co-founded the network Moving Futures, which supports choreographers in their growth and promotes visibility of their work.
Liz King has worked professionally as a dancer and choreographer since 1967. After her engagement with the Stuttgart Ballet under John Cranko she focused on choreography and her first work was shown as part of a forum for young chorographers in Vienna in 1978.
In 1982 she co-founded Tanztheater Wien (TTW), which became Austria’s first independent contemporary dance company. TTW toured throughout Europe performing at renowned festivals. In 1989 she became director and choreographer at Stadttheater Heidelberg for seven years before returning to Vienna to restart TTW 2. In 1999 the company expanded and moved into the Volksoper Vienna creating an innovative environment for choreographers to present their work to large audiences.
In 2005 Liz moved to Burgenland in southern Austria where she founded D.ID Dance Identity. D.ID has participated on two EU Culture Projects and enjoys a broad network with partners throughout Europe. In addition to this, Liz curates a festival, Burgenländische Tanztage, which enables artists who have developed their work at D.ID to perform with guest choreographers.
Marie Pons lives between Lille & Brussels. After graduating with a Masters Degree in Practice and research in Contemporary Dance, she works as a freelance writer and dance researcher, writing about dance and performance for print and online publications. In 2015 she was part of the Aerowaves platform as a young critic. For Dancing Museums she will keep an online diary of the residency, documenting the making of the project.
A student in Museology at the Ecole du Louvre, Rebecca runs research on dance in museum settings. In 2015, she carried out a study on the offer of dance in French national museums, analysing the objectives and challenges in relation to their audience engagement strategy. In particular she is looking at whether dance be used as an educational tool in museums. She chose Dancing Museums as the perfect ground to carry out an audience survey.
Guido Orgs received his training in both Performing Dance (Folkwang University of the Arts) and Psychology (University of Dusseldorf). After completion of his PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience, he performed with German Dance Company NEUER TANZ/VA WÖLFL. At the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL, he conducted research on how we perceive other people’s movements and how the brain mechanisms of movement perception underlie the aesthetics of dance and the performing arts.
Since September 2015 he is a Lecturer in Psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London teaching Psychology of the Arts and Neuroaesthetics. Funded by an ESRC transformative research grant he currently investigates synchrony in performing dance, collaborating with Choreographer Matthias Sperling, Dr Annemieke Apergis-Schoute, Cambridge University, and Dr Daniel Richardson, UCL.
Marco Peri, art historian, museum educator and researcher. He investigates new ways to live the museum experience. The main goal of his educational projects is to mediate the relationship between the artist, the audience and the museum through embodied practices based on “participation” and “play”.
He designs participatory museum experiences. He uses the participant’s bodies as a starting point, and he integrates movement into the experience, constructing ‘spaces’ of knowledge.
He also design and develops interdisciplinary courses to link ‘art’ with other forms of knowledge. In this context, he is responsible for the development of educational programs, cultural projects and the creation of educational materials for museums, teachers and schools.
Daniel is a Reader in Experimental Psychology at University College London. Prior to that, he was an undergraduate at Magdalen College, Oxford, a graduate student at Cornell, a postdoctoral researcher at Stanford, and an assistant professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His research examines how individuals' thought processes are related to the people around them, and has authored many scientific articles in cognitive, developmental and social psychology, and he recently wrote, ‘A Dummies Guide to Social Psychology'. He received Early Career and the Team Teaching Provost's Teaching Awards from UCL. Daniel has appeared in science documentaries, TV shows such as 'Duck Quacks Don't Echo', and been featured on the Naked Scientists podcast. He has performed shows at the London Science Museum and Bloomsbury theatre combining science, music and live experiments on the group mind of the audience, and a mixture of science and standup comedy at Bright Clubs around the country.
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