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.

Applications for the 2023 programme are now closed. You can read more about the call out here.

The Goethe-Institut initiated CROWD in 2021 and in the first year, the programme supported 6 dance artists through residencies hosted with partners across Finland, the Netherlands, North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) in Germany and the UK. The network has since grown to include more partners and artists and in 2022, it supported 10 new artists through a programme of residencies across Finland, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and the UK between 11th July – 23rd September.

Working in pairs, the artists took part in two two-week residencies in a new context as well as an online programme of discursive sessions exploring community engagement in dance. In the short film below, the artists share a glimpse into their residencies and the impact it’s had on their current and future practice.

You can also read more about the CROWD 2022 residency programme in CROWD-SOURCED: Notes from the 2022 residency programme, CROWD – international dance exchange. Written by Maddy Costa, CROWD-SOURCED gathers some of the questions, actions, discoveries and commitments that emerged in the 2022 residencies in order to share these learnings more widely. View the publication on Issuu or download it as a PDF.

The artists and partners also captured elements of their residencies and shared insights into their exploration of community-engaged dance on the blog.

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), Dansateliers (NL), Dansverkstaedid (IS), Pottporus (DE), TaikaBox (FI), TanzFaktur (DE) and The Work Room (UK)