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.


The European Commission support for this project does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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