CROWD – international dance exchange is a collaborative network of dance organisations, together seeking to support dance makers who engage with communities as part of their practice.

Through hosting residencies and opening up space for discussion and knowledge development, the programme aims to support dance artists with an established practice in community engaged dance making to build their professional network, exchange experience with others in the field and develop their practice.

In 2021, the Goethe-Institut initiated the project and residencies were hosted with partners across Finland, the Netherlands, North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) in Germany and the UK. In 2022 we are growing the programme to include more partners, more artists and raising our ambition.

This year,  ten selected dance artists (one from each host country and two from NRW in Germany) are coming together to collaborate with the support of the network partner organisations. Working in pairs, our dance makers will take part in two two-week residencies in a new context. Alongside the residencies, between June and October the entire network will engage in digital, discursive sessions exploring community engagement in dance. 

Our artists and partners are capturing elements of their residencies and sharing insights into the work that’s taking place as they explore community-engaged dance on our blog.

The CROWD network is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community and through our open calls have consistently encouraged applications from those from under-represented backgrounds. We have bursaries and support in place to accommodate applicants with additional access needs or caring responsibilities.

Meet our CROWD 2022 Artists:

We’re thrilled to introduce the ten dance artists who will be joining the CROWD 2022 international dance exchange residency programme this summer.

The CROWD network consists of the Goethe-Institut (worldwide), Arts Council England (UK), NRW KULTURsekretariat (DE), Nordic Culture Fund (nordic region), Creative Scotland (UK), Bora Bora – Dance and Visual Theatre (DK), Dance Limerick (IE), FABRIC – Dance4 and Dancexchange together (UK), Davvi – Centre for Performing Arts (NO), Dansateliers (NL), Dansverkstaedid (IS), Pottporus (DE), TaikaBox (FI), TanzFaktur (DE) and The Work Room (UK)