CROWD 2022 Artists Announced

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

Taking place across Finland, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and the UK between 11th July – 23rd September, the CROWD 2022 international dance exchange residency programme is an opportunity for dance artists to explore and develop their practice in community-engaged dance by working with and learning from each other and local participants.  

With the support of the CROWD 2022 network partner organisations Bora Bora (Denmark), Dance Limerick (Ireland), FABRIC – Dance4 and Dancexchange together (UK), Davvi – Centre for Performing Arts (Norway), Dansateliers (the Netherlands), Dansverkstæðið (Iceland), Pottporus (Germany), TaikaBox (Finland), TanzFaktur (Germany) and The Work Room (UK), the ten artists will work in pairs and come together twice for a two-week residency. They will also take part in an online programme of professional development opportunities and discursive sessions exploring community engagement in dance.

About the CROWD 2022 dance artists:

Maya Dalinsky
is a dance artist based in Copenhagen who works with movement, perception and composition in a variety of interdisciplinary practices she calls “embodied cinematography” through workshops and creative projects with different community groups. Maya will be on residency with Elsabet Yonas at Bora Bora (Denmark) and ​FABRIC – Dance4 and Dancexchange together (UK).

Amparo González Sola is an Argentinian choreographer based in the Netherlands. She researches the intersections between perception, choreography and politics and creates dance works and proposes practices in which people are invited to participate beyond the role of the audience. Amparo will be on residency with Ásrún Magnúsdóttir at Dansverkstæðið (Iceland) and Dansateliers (the Netherlands).

Bianca Hisse is a Brazilian artist who lives and works in Norway. From a double movement between choreography and visual arts, her work investigates how today’s societies are choreographed by global demands. She graduated from Kunstakademiet i Tromsø in 2019. Bianca will be on residency with Willie Stark at Pottporus (Germany) and Davvi – Centre for Performing Arts (Norway).  

Ásrún Magnúsdóttir is a choreographer, based in Reykjavík, Iceland. Her work aims to stretch the dominant modes of dance and choreography and has been received well at home and abroad, as made apparent by her numerous festival appearances, awards and nominations. Ásrún will be on residency with Amparo González Sola at Dansverkstæðið (Iceland) and Dansateliers (the Netherlands).

Rita Marcalo is the Artistic Director of Ireland-based Instant Dissidence, which is her way of bringing different artists together, in different combinations, to realise different ideas: through Instant Dissidence Rita invents ways of offering other people art experiences and solve creative problems. Rita will be on residency with Silja Tuovinen at TaikaBox (Finland) and Dance Limerick (Ireland).

Alex McCabe is a dance artist and musician based between Glasgow and Milan, making work that centres around people and sees the moving body as a catalyst for communion and discovery in an isolating world. Alex will be on residency with Stefanie Schwimmbeck at The Work Room (UK) and TanzFaktur (Germany).

Stefanie Schwimmbeck works as a dancer and dance teacher in Cologne and is interested in dance as an arts and learning content as well as sustainability in the performing arts. Stefanie will be on residency with Alex McCabe at The Work Room (UK) and TanzFaktur, Cologne.

Willie Stark is a French/Ugandan performing artist based in Düsseldorf who works as a movement director, dancer and choreographer where she strives to maintain high standards for creativity and exchange with other artists. Willie will be on residency with Bianca Hisse at Pottporus (Germany) and Davvi – Centre for Performing Arts (Norway).  

Silja Tuovinen
is a Finnish choreographer and researcher working between Oulu, Stockholm, and Berlin with both dance performance and film. She is interested in exploring different forms of collaboration and companionship as part of the artistic work, including both professional and non-professional communities. Silja will be on residency with Rita Marcalo at TaikaBox (Finland) and Dance Limerick (Ireland).

Elsabet Yonas is a hip-hop dancer and choreographer based in London who is inspired by storytelling and the extensive potential that art holds in building communities. Elsabet will be on residency with Maya Dalinsky at Bora Bora (Denmark) and ​FABRIC – Dance4 and Dancexchange together (UK).

Find out more about the CROWD 2022 artists.

CROWD international dance exchange was initiated by the Goethe-Institut in 2021 to forge connections between some of the leading dance institutions across Europe, explore and share practice within community-engaged dance and provide a platform for exchange and development for dance artists. It is funded by the Goethe-Institut, Arts Council England, NRW KULTURsekretariat, Nordisk Kulturfond and Creative Scotland.

Since the first residency programme last year which supported 6 artists, CROWD has grown to include more partners and artists, allowing the network to widen its reach and raise its ambition to explore, develop and share community-engaged dance. Regular updates and insight into the 2022 artists and their residencies will be shared via the blog.

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