Project area
Performing Arts (Theatre, Dance, Music) 
Nomad Dance Academy Slovenia (partner) 
Project lead
Creative Europe (2014 -2020) - Culture / European cooperation projects 2016
EU funding
1.832.661 EUR

Coordinator: HL+RITTER gUG (DE)
Partners: Belgrade Dance Festival (RS), Codarts Rotterdam (NL), Compagnie Jus de la Vie (SE), Curtain Call Productions (BE), Niederösterreichische Kulturszene Betriebs GmbH (AT), Nomad Dance Academy Slovenia (SI), Sadler’s Wells Trust LTD (UK), Stichting Holland Dance Festival (NL)

DANCE ON, PASS ON, DREAM ON aims at generating a European strategy for a sustainable dance praxis valuing the richness of age and embodied knowledge on stage and in society. Nine distinctive dance institutions from 8 European countries will develop and implement a multifaceted transnational project to honour the value of embodied memory and to counteract preconceived notions of what it means to be old.

The project`s mission unfolds in 3 main objectives: DANCE ON focuses on the mature, older dancer as expert in embodied knowledge and proposes a model for a sustainable artistic career. PASS ON stimulates new educational and artistic methods of passing on the legacy of dance from one generation to the next and to the public. DREAM ON will change the perception of age through innovative and intergenerational formats of audience participation of senior citizens.

These objectives are accomplished through 9 activities : The Dance On Ensemble employing 6 dancers over 40 for 20 month, 4 new productions with outstanding choreographers, 6 co-created Mobile Dialogues with young choreographers and mature dancers, 80 presentations in 12 countries, 5 festivals, 11 intergenerational projects with senior citizens strengthening the community impact, 11 events to widely disseminate experience and the legacy of dance, 7 intensive learning platforms to build capacities and the development and use of newly designed annotation software for extended digital documentations in an online Toolbox. The strength of this ambitious project derives from the intensive collaboration and wide range of qualities of the project partners: a leading national dance house, a spectacular regional festival hall, three productive artist lead organisations, two longstanding international festivals, a university dedicated to high quality research and an innovative funding agency as project leader. Together they will ensure that Europe will be visible as a Union who cares. (Source: EAC)

Project duration: 1. 6. 2016–31. 5. 2019

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